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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.

2023 Fall Meeting

September 27-29, 2023 | Washington, DC

Join us at the ABA Forum on Construction Law’s 2023 Fall Meeting - Navigating Government Construction: Don’t Make a Federal Case Out of It - for a journey into the world of government construction. The program is appropriately set in our Nation’s Capital. What better place than Washington, DC to learn to navigate the minefield of requirements when advising clients who may be literally trying to drain a swamp. Registration opening soon.

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Claims and Defenses in Construct Defect Litigation

October 20, 2023 | 12:30 PM ET

This program aims to teach the format of a construction defect litigation claim, the use of alternative dispute resolution in complex defect litigation, the use of experts in complex defect litigation, the types of claims brought in defect litigation, and the major defenses brought in defect litigation.

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2023 Regional Meeting

November 2 - 3, 2023

The ABA Forum on Construction Law will present 2023 Construction Law Foundations in four cities across the country. Foundations is a two-day continuing legal education program combining two of the Forum’s most popular Regional Programs on consecutive days – Fundamentals of Construction Law (for the legal angle) and Sticks & Bricks (for the technical piece).

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Forum At-A-Glance

2023-2024 Forum Year

Learn more about the Forum on Construction Law Leadership, Governing Committee, and more.

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Each One Reach One Initiative

President Turner is asking for your help to engage other lawyers in Construction Law. If each member of the Forum on Construction Law reached one other person within their network, we could double our community in the profession. Ask someone in your network to join the Forum on Construction Law today using

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ABA Forum on Construction Law Report of the Nominating Committee

The Committee is pleased to report the following nominations for terms commencing in the bar year 2023-2024.

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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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The ABA Forum on Construction Law is the leading source of high quality reference materials on the topics of most concern to busy construction lawyers. Written by leading practitioners, these well-researched books will be valued additions to your library.

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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. David Suchar hosts “Construction Law Today”, a periodic podcast of the ABA Forum on Construction Law. David 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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ABA Communities

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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Construction Law Searchable Knowledgebase

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Contact Us

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Leadership Roundtable Series on Impacts of COVID-19

In order to serve and provide resources to our Forum members, the greater ABA, and the general public, the ABA Forum on Construction Law and strategic partners have developed a multi-part webinar series exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting construction and design and identifying options for response and risk management/mitigation. In these free, non-CLE webinars, industry leaders and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange information, learn from one another, raise questions, and offer options for addressing the deepening effects of the crisis. If you are a company leader or legal counsel, we invite you to join our conversation. Our Fall 2020 COVID-19 Leadership Roundtable Series resumes for three one-hour Roundtable sessions commencing on Tuesday, September 15th at 4 PM ET.

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Coronavirus Task Force

In response to the growing legal needs of Americans arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19), the American Bar Association has created a nationwide task force of volunteer lawyers and judges from across the legal profession. The task force will identify the legal needs arising from the pandemic, make recommendations to address those needs, and help mobilize volunteer lawyers and legal professionals to assist people who need help.

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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.