Minutes September 2008

The Government Law Section Council met this date via conference call. Participating members included W. Lawrence Brown, Jeremy Cook, Robert S. Croom, A. Cruickshanks IV, Geoffrey Penland, Dale R. Samuels, Nancy Shealy and Timothy C. Winslow.

Chairperson Samuels called the meeting to order.

The first item of business was discussion on the FY2008-2009 Section Council. Ms. Smith stated that Richard Pearce had resigned from the Council. She noted that the officers were to rotate up the usual ranks, leaving a vacancy in the Secretary position. After continued discussion, Lawrence Brown was nominated to serve as Secretary. Mr. Croom recommended Nicole Ewing to fill Mr. Brown’s unexpired term. The revised FY2008-09 Section Council was as follows:

Dale R. Samuels, Chair
A. Cruickshanks, IV, Chair-Elect
Timothy C. Winslow, Vice-Chair
W. Lawrence Brown, Secretary
Robert E. Tyson, Jr., Section Delegate
Robert S. Croom, Immediate Past Chair

Council Members
Frank Rainwater (expires 2009)
Nicole Ewing (expires 2009)
Danny C. Crowe (expires 2010)
Nancy Shealy (expires 2010)
Jeremy Cook (expires 2011)
Geoffrey Penland (expires 2011)

Mr. Croom moved approval of the FY2008-2009 Section Council as noted above. Mr. Cruickshanks seconded the motion, and it was approved. Mr. Croom was to verify Ms. Ewings interest.

Ms. Smith encouraged the Council to begin thinking of potential Council members for the 2009-2010 Bar year. Two general Council member seats would become vacant, terms expiring in 2012. It was noted that Michael Kendree and Joanie Winters were recommended. Ms. Smith was to solicit additional nominations through the Section listserv and post on the Bar website.

The next item of business was approval of the minutes from the December 12, 2007, meeting. Mr. Croom moved approval of the minutes. Mr. Cruickshanks seconded the motion, and it was approved.

Next was discussion on the FY2008-2009 Section goals. After discussion, the following goals were approved:

• Establish a periodic Government Law Section newsletter through the Section listserv and post on the Bar website.

• Evaluate whether to sponsor a Section CLE at the Bar Convention.

• Continue to sponsor a mid-year meeting.

• Explore sponsorship opportunities with various organizations.

• Continue to survey Section membership for topics of interest for seminars and the newsletter as well as obtain information on various services the Section can provide to its members.

Next, Ms. Smith announced that the Section mid-year seminar was tentatively scheduled for June 19, 2009 in Columbia. She welcomed suggestions on a potential location and a volunteer to serve as the course planner. After discussion, Mr. Winslow and Mr. Cruickshanks agreed to coordinate. They were to research the availability of the SC Association of Counties and the SC Municipal Association.

Next, Mr. Croom queried whether the Section would be interested in co-sponsoring a one-day seminar with the International Municipal Lawyers Association in 2009. After discussion, it was consensus of the Council that Mr. Croom further research and report his findings to the Council.

Ms. Smith reported that articles were needed for the next issue of the Section newsletter. She was to solicit articles through the Section listserv.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.