Forum on Construction Law

Members of the Forum represent all segments of the construction industry: owners, design professionals, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers and sureties. The Forum’s mission is to serve the construction industry through education and leadership while Building the Best Construction Lawyers.

Welcome to our new Forum Leadership for Bar Year 2020

The ABA Forum on Construction Law welcomes Kristine A. Kubes as Chair for the 2019 to 2020 Bar year. Kristine officially took over from past Chair Tom Rosenberg on September 1, 2019. She is the first solo practitioner and only the sixth woman to hold the office of Chair in Forum history.

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Act Naturally: Ethics in Construction Contract and Witness Preparation - "Meet to Empower" Series

Act Naturally: Ethics in Construction Contract and Witness Preparation - "Meet to Empower" Series

March 12, 2020

This program will explore various ethical issues that construction attorneys face when negotiating contracts and representing their clients in contract negotiations, including (i) is it OK to lie in negotiations is there any duty of candor/honesty and (ii) what if the business/sales team wants to take on risks that are detrimental to the clients’ interests? What is the lawyer’s duty in those circumstances (i.e., does the lawyer go over the business team’s head even as far as going to the CEO if the business/sales team is taking on undue risk?)

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When the Feds Come Knocking: Anatomy of an Internal Investigation & Managing Risk Under the FCA

When the Feds Come Knocking: Anatomy of an Internal Investigation & Managing Risk Under the FCA

March 31, 2020 | 1:30PM EDT

Panelists will discuss recent developments under the False Claims Act that drive procurement fraud prosecutions and related investigations, including courts’ application of the Supreme Court’s Escobar decision. Panelists will also discuss the anatomy of an internal investigation, commencing with a target’s receipt of a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) or federal raid.

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2020 Annual Practicum: Technology in Construction Law (Session Only)

2020 Annual Practicum: Technology in Construction Law (Session Only)

April 22, 2020 | Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1 PM PDT

Speakers will lead the attendees through hands-on demonstrations of technology that is currently available to the construction litigator. Speakers will lead a discussion on the future state of construction law as the industry is rapidly modernizing.

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Upcoming CLE Programs

Upcoming CLE Programs

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Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Promoting diversity in the profession shall be a priority of the Forum. The mission of the Forum’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to raise awareness and understanding among our members and others of the vital role diversity plays in the construction industry, both nationally and globally. The Diversity Committee’s mission includes enhancing participation, inclusion and leadership opportunities for attorneys of diverse backgrounds in Forum programs, publications and other initiatives. The Committee will also educate our membership on how diversity impacts the practice of construction law.

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Construction Law Today – the Podcast of the ABA Forum on Construction Law

The Forum is pleased to present a series of podcasts on various construction law topics. Buzz Tarlow hosts “Construction Law Today”, a periodic podcast of the ABA Forum on Construction Law. Buzz engages Forum members in conversation on subjects of practical and academic interest to construction lawyers. The Forum welcomes questions, comments and suggestions about its podcasts, and welcomes other podcasters who wish to propose ideas and content for future podcasts. Enjoy.

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Featured Job | AIA Contract Documents & Risk Management - Manager and Counsel

We are looking for candidates with at least 4 years of relevant experience, admitted to a state bar, and with some AEC industry experience. This is a great position for an attorney who has some experience in the AEC industry, is interested in working in connection with that field, and may want a work experience that accommodates a different quality of life than they might experience in a law firm or similar environment. Full-time employees in positions approved for telework, who have successfully completed their six-month Introductory Period and are in good standing, are eligible to participate in the telework program with supervisory approval.

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ABA Connect

This is a space for you to connect with other Construction Law members and committees through interactive discussions, content sharing, and much more.

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Under Construction

Under Construction newsletter is published three times a year and highlights news from the Forum, current legal topics, and additional information for those in the construction industry.

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About Us Forum on Construction Law

The Forum’s new Mission Statement, adopted in 2012, emphasizes the Forum’s core focus on the education and professional development of Construction lawyers. Indeed, this has been the heart of the Forum’s mission since its founding in 1976. But this is not meant to signal a narrowing of the Forum’s traditionally broad efforts at improving Construction law and practice, and at enhancing the careers of Construction lawyers generally.