The Resource Records of the Executive Office-Counselor, Governor Timothy M. Kaine

Records of the Executive Office-Counselor, Governor Timothy M. Kaine

Label
Records of the Executive Office-Counselor, Governor Timothy M. Kaine, 2001-2009
Title
Records of the Executive Office-Counselor, Governor Timothy M. Kaine
Inclusive dates
2001-2009
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Governor Timothy M. Kaine, Executive Office-Counselor's Office, Records are housed in 33 boxes. The collection is arranged into five (5) series. Series have been designated for: I. General Files of the Counslor to the Governor; II. Judicial Appointments; III. Special Counsel Files; IV. Attorney General Settlements; and V. Files of Lawrence Roberts, Counselor and Shane Emmett, Legal Fellow. These records include agreements, reports, correspondence, e-mail, memorandums, budget documents, agendas, handouts, meeting notes, and invitations. This collection documents the actions of Governor Kaine's Counselor's Office. The majority of this collection is closed for 75 years per Code of Virginia, 2.2-3705.1 (attorney-client privilege)
  • Series I. General Files of the Counselor to the Governor is housed in four boxes and is arranged alphabetically by subject. This series contains the records of Mark E. Rubin, Counselor to the Governor (May 2009-January 2010) and Senior Advisor to the Governor and Deputy Counselor (January 2006-May 2009). The Senior Advisor was a hybrid position, providing legal assistance to the Counselor and legislative assistance to the Policy Director. Rubin's records reflect both of these roles. The policy related material is open; attorney-client material is closed for 75 years per Code of Virginia, 2.2-3705.1. Restricted material has been removed from the series and boxed separately (box 4)
  • Series II. Judicial Appointments is housed in 7 boxes and is arranged by court (Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Court of Appeals, State Corporation Commission and Circuit Courts). Judges of the the Circuit Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Virginia are elected by a majority of each house of the General Assembly (8 year terms for Circuit Court and Court of Appeals; 12 year term for the Supreme Court of Virginia). State Corporation Commissioners are elected by the General Assembly for 6 year terms. Interim appointments are made by the Governor subject to election by the General Assembly at the next regular session. Records for each applicant usually include: letter of interest, letters of support, resume, Virginia Stae Bar Judicial Questionnaire, and Statement of Economic Interest. This series contains confidential, privacy-protected and attorney-client privileged records and is closed for 75 years per Code of Virginia, 2.2-2705.1, 2.2-3800 and 42.1-78
  • Series III. Special Counsel Files is housed in 5 boxes. This series documents the appointment of outside counsel to represent state employees and constitutional officers in legal action. Requests for the appointment of a special counsel were sent to the Counselor to the Governor by either the Virginia Department of Treasury, Division of Risk Managment or the Office of the Attorney General. The records in this series are for requests from the last year of the administration of Governor James S. Gilmore (2001), the administration of Governor Mark R. Warner (2002-2006) and the first year of the administration of Governor Tim Kaine (2006). Records for each file usually includes: request for the appointment of special counsel, background information on the legal action, detailed legal bills, and requests for approval of special counsel legal fees by the Governor's Counselor (Robert Blue, 2002-2005; Robert Crouch, 2005-2006; and Lawrence Roberts, 2006). This series contains confidential, privacy-protected and attorney-client privileged records and is closed for 75 years per Code of Virginia, 2.2-2705.1, 2.2-3800 and 42.1-78
  • Series IV. Attorney General Settlement is housed in two boxes. This series contains copies of settlement agreements between individuals and state agencies requiring the approval of the Governor. The agreements usually include a request for settlement from the Attorney General (Robert M. MCDonnell) which provides the background of the case, an approval of settlement letter from the Governor to the Attorney General, the settlement and other supporting documents. Writs of Habeas Corpus are also interfiled within this series. This series contains confidential, privacy-protected and attorney-client privileged records and is closed for 75 years per Code of Virginia, 2.2-2705.1, 2.2-3800 and 42.1-78
  • Series V. Files of Lawrence Roberts, Counselor to the Governor, and Shane Emmett, Legal Fellow, is housed in 15 boxes. The provenance of this series is unclear; most of the records appear to be from Roberts. However, the records were received from Emmett in January 2010. This series contains clemency petitions from prisoners submitted to the Governor. The clemency petitions usually include: petition from prisoner, constituent letters (for and against clemency), court documents and opinions, summary of the case provided by the Office of the Attorney General, and a memorandum to Governor Kaine from Counselor to the Governor (Lawrence Roberts, 2006-2009) and/or Shane Emmett, Legal Fellow, providing background information on the case, anaylsis of petition and conclusion/recommendation to Governor. Files are arranged chronologically (by date of execution, clemency, or stay of execution). This series also includes a few conditional pardon applications, and records related to the Jens Soering case and right-to-life license plate. This series contains confidential, privacy-protected and attorney-client privileged records and is closed for 75 years per Code of Virginia, 2.2-2705.1, 2.2-3800 and 42.1-78
  • Clemency petitions and/or correspondence were submitted on behalf of: Dexter Lee Vinson (executed 27 April 2006); Brandon Hedrick (executed 20 July 2006); Michael Lenz (executed 27 July 2006); John Yancey Schmitt (executed 9 November 2006); Kevin Green (executed 27 May 2008); Percy Levar Walton (death sentence commuted to life in prison without parole, 9 June 2008); Robert Yarbrough (executed 25 June 2008); Kent Jackson (executed 10 July 2008); Christopher Scott Emmett (executed 24 July 2008); Edward Nathaniel Bell (executed 19 February 2009); John Powell (scheduled 14 July 2009 executed stayed by United States Supreme Court, executed on 12 March 2010); Norfolk Four (conditional pardon granted on 6 August 2009); John Allen Muhammad (executed 11 November 2009); and Larry Bill Elliott (executed 17 November 2009)
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Governor's Office. (Search Virginia Governor's Office as author).
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Biographical or historical data
  • The Executive Office is a division of the Office of the Governor in the Executive Branch of Virginia state government. Members of the Executive Office include the Governor, Chief of Staff, Counselor to the Governor and their assistants. The Counselor in the Kaine administration providee legal advice to the Governor, including liaison with the judiciary and the Office of the Attorney General. The Counselor also providesd broader advice to the Governor on political and personal matters as assigned. The Counselor was the chief liaison with the Democratic Party, the Moving Virginia Forward PAC, and outside political constituency groups.
  • The Counselor was assisted in these responsibilities by a Senior Advisor, a hybrid position, who provided legal assistance to the Counselor and legislative assistance to the Policy Director. The Senior Advisor was available to mediate important policy disputes for the Governor, or with the Governor's consent, for legislators and other external consituents. The following individuals held these positions during Governor Timothy M. Kaine's administration (2006-2010): Lawrence Roberts, Counselor to the Governor January 2006-May 2009) and Mark E. Rubin, Senior Advisor to the Governor and Deputy Counselor (January 2006-May 2009) and Counselor to the Governor (May 2009-January 2010) .
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Records of the Executive Office-Counselor, Governor Timothy M. Kaine
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vi00983.xml.frame
Note
  • These records are part of the Governor's Office record group (RG#3)
  • Dates of record creation: 2001-2009
  • Dates of record-keeping activity: 2006-2010
Arrangement
Arranged
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
Extent
11.55
Governing access note
Confidential, privacy-protected and attorney-client privileged records are closed for 75 years per Code of Virginia, 2.2-2705.1, 2.2-3800 and 42.1-78
Immediate source of acquisition
Office of the Governor
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. General Files of the Counselor to the Governor; II. Judicial Appointments; III. Special Counsel Files; IV. Attorney General Settlements; and V. Files of Lawrence Roberts, Counselor and Shane Emmett, Legal Fellow.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001634729
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (33 boxes)

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