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.

Mastering Rule 30(b)(6) and the New Confer-in-Good Faith Requirement

June 16 | 1 PM EDT

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) was changed in December 2020 to require a meet-and-confer session regarding the topics either before or promptly after service of a subpoena to a corporation. Most commercial construction disputes involve two or more corporations battling over how much money one owes to the other and under what theories of law. Nearly every single one of these cases requires a corporate representative deposition to get testimony under oath on behalf of the corporate parties. Seemingly everyone has their own “stock” topics that they like to cover and include in corporate deposition notices.

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Taking the Next Steps: Overcoming Implicit Bias to Improve Diversity + Inclusion in Law Firms (and Law Departments)

June 17 | 1 PM EDT

Join leaders from some of the signature construction law practices as they have a conversation about the status of diversity + inclusion in their respective firms and departments and how they are exploring implicit bias studies as a tool to improve on achieving further diversity + inclusion successes.

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Charting Your Path to an ADR Practice: Practical Advice to Help You Prepare to Serve as a Construction Arbitrator or Mediator

June 30 | 3 PM EDT

Our panelists will discuss what it takes to be an arbitrator or mediator with the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Panel, give tips for building the type of experience that the AAA looks for and offer insight and advice for building a successful ADR practice.

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Diversity + Inclusion Brunch Series

The Forum on Construction Law Diversity and Inclusion Committee is hosting a series of free monthly diversity “brunch” programs. Each program will feature a conversation with a keynote speaker who will give about issues relating to diversity, inclusion, construction and the legal industry. The brunches will take place at 1:00 PM EDT on the third Thursday of each month and will last one hour. These programs are free and will be open to all members of the Forum, friends, clients and anyone else who is interested.

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Forum on Construction Law the 2020-2021 ABA Diversity Center and Inclusion: Diversity + Inclusion Champion Award Recipient

Keeping the Conversation Going

The Forum on Construction Law is proud to receive the ABA Diversity + Inclusion Center's “Diversity + Inclusion Champion Award” for 2020-21 and would like to thank all of those involved in the Diversity + Inclusion Committee's Brunch Series for lending their voices to the conversations that need to happen for us all to come together. Let's keep that conversation going.

Law Student Writing Competition

The American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law is Looking for the Best Law Student Writers in the Country.

For the past ten years, the ABA Forum on Construction Law has held an annual Law Student Writing Competition. Through the Competition, the Forum introduces itself to the next generation of construction lawyers and pursues its mission of “Building the Best Construction Lawyers.” And, talented law student writers gain the opportunity to demonstrate their skill to the Forum and attend its Fall Meeting. The Law Student Writing Competition was prompted, in part, by the increasing number of law school courses dedicated to construction law.

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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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Forum Fall Meeting Postponed to 2021

Dear Forum Members: As we move further into the year of co-existence with COVID-19, we are all realizing that we are in a marathon, not a sprint. As some parts of the USA have had resurgence of the pandemic, we are faced with another challenge to our Forum in-person meeting schedule.

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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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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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Construction Law Searchable Knowledgebase

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Publications

The Forum understands the dynamic nature of the construction industry and the practice of construction law and produces high quality publications to address law, legal, and technical issues, to serve its members and the industry.

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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.