Division 2 strives to demonstrate that transactional work and Contract Documents do not have to be boring. Division 2 members get together at each Forum conference for at least one fun event. Division 2 has attended a Lakers/Clippers game, belly-danced on the tables at a Greek restaurant, and hit the batting cages and bowling lanes. At the Midwinter Meeting in Tucson, Division 2 got to know its colleagues at Division 6 (Workforce Management & Human Resources) a little better with a speed networking lunch session. While Division 2 knows how to have fun, it also knows how important it is to broaden its members’ networks and enhance their practice. Division 2 holds monthly conference calls on the second Thursday of each month at 12 p.m. (Eastern Time). Approximately 20 minutes of each call is dedicated to a “hot topic” (e.g., waiver of subrogation, limitations of liability, and contingency clauses), wherein Division 2 members openly discuss the pros/cons of these provisions, war stories, and drafting strategies. Division 2 also publishes a bi-annual newsletter that highlights what AIA, ConsensusDocs, EJCDC and DBIA are up to and the new and revised contract forms that are planned. To learn more about Division 2, contact Karen Denys, Division 2 Chair, at [email protected] or 609-716-6698.
Division 3: Design
Chair: Karen Erger ([email protected])
The mission of Division 3, Design, is to provide practical knowledge concerning the problems and needs, risks and rewards, and duties and liabilities of each of the parties involved in the design process. Division 3 accomplishes that goal through a variety of means, including the following:
- Hot Topics calls and webinars on current issues affecting design practice and design professionals. Division 3’s 2019 Hot Topics presentations are listed below:
- Design Professionals’ Challenges with Geotechnical Engineers
- Design Professionals and Fiduciary Duty
- Delegated Design
- Statute of Limitations: Generali-U.S. Branch v. Lachel & Associates, Inc.
- Surety Bonds for Project Success
- North Carolina’s New Anti-Indemnity Law
- Standard of Care – What Does It Really Mean?
- 50-state surveys of law relevant to design practice, including the following:
- Firm Licensure Requirements for Architectural and Engineering Firms
- Licensed Design Professional Stamping and Sealing Obligations
- Presentations at breakfast and lunch sessions at the Forum national meetings. These have included a discussion of whether offering an apology is an effective strategy in construction mediation (Annual Meeting 2018), a roundup of statutory solutions to “duty to defend” indemnity clauses (Fall Meeting 2018), and a case study of the Kansas City Skywalk collapse (Midwinter Meeting 2019).
- Information exchange through our Division 3/Design webpage at ABA Connect, where Division 3 members ask and answer questions about issues related to design practice, share new legal developments, and more.
A signature event of Division 3 is an annual outreach to design professionals in the community in which one of the Forum’s national meetings takes place. This event comprises a networking reception and short informational program, and is typically well attended by both local architects and engineers and Division 3 members.
Fellowship and fun are the hallmark of Division 3, and its dinners at the Forum’s national meetings are always a blast. Frequently, Division 3 also organizes a special tour or activity for its members and friends, such as the Los Angeles Conservancy Tour of Downtown LA (Midwinter Meeting 2019).
Division 3’s monthly calls take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time), and all are welcome to join. Unless otherwise announced (a different number is used for webinars), the call-in number is 866-646-6488, and the passcode is 9034065734. Please contact Karen Erger, Division 3 Chair, at [email protected] with any questions.
Division 4: Project Delivery & Construction Technology
Chair: Tracy James (t[email protected])
Division 4, Project Delivery & Construction Technology, has monthly calls on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 12 p.m. (Eastern Time). Each month, Division 4 focuses on a particular topic relevant to its mission to provide a forum for the study and discussion of legal issues related to varying systems of project delivery and construction technology. For example, the topic for our May 2020 call is “The Emerging Role of Robots in the Construction Industry” presented by Brett Holmes, MBP, and our June 2020 call will be on Virtual Realty Modeling.
In addition to Division 4’s monthly calls, at each Forum conference, Division 4 members get together for a social dinner, and have a lunch presentation on topics germane to Division 4. For materials or information related to past presentations, or to get involved with Division 4, individuals may contact Tracy James, Division 4 Chair, at [email protected]. For future calls, the call-in number is 866-646-6488, and the access code is 6835243965.
Division 6: Labor & Employment
Chair: Jodi Taylor ([email protected])
Joining forces with the Membership Committee, Division 11, and the Young Lawyers Division, Division 6 presented a CLE in Philadelphia entitled, “The Cannabis Question – What Construction Industry Employers Need to Know About Drug Testing, Policies, and Pitfalls Arising from Medical and Recreational Marijuana Laws.” Division 6 member Christine Burke, a partner with Lorenger & Carnell PLC in Alexandria, Virginia, presented the program, and Phillip Russell, a partner with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in Tampa, Florida, co-authored the paper. The event preceded the Fall Meeting in Philadelphia, and was a great success. Thank you to all who were involved.
Be on the lookout for Division 6’s regular column in Under Construction. Each publication will include an article on a relevant labor and employment issue affecting the construction industry. Division 6 is pleased to share its first installment in this edition discussing situations where a general contractor may be required to pay a subcontractor’s wages entitled, “General Contractors: Know Your Subcontractors (and Sub-subcontractors) or Pay the Price or, in this case, the Wage, Penalties, and Other Damages”, written by Jessica A. Hill, Esq., Dave O’Mara Contractor, Inc., North Vernon, Indiana.
Division 6 enjoyed a speed networking lunch with Division 2 during the Midwinter Meeting. Many business cards were exchanged, and all agreed it was a great way to meet Forum members outside their own division. Later that evening, Division 6 members met and mingled with members of Division 3, Division 9 and Division 12 during a gorgeous dessert dinner.
Division 8: International Construction
As part of the Forum’s continuing mandate to increase transparency within the divisions, Richard Wong - Chair of Division 8 (International Construction) created an organizational chart illustrating the various pathways of engagement using the Forum’s focus on “People”, “Programs”, and “Publications”.
Examples of such roles (with more detailed descriptions) include: member engagement, marketing, hot topic creation, national meeting activities, and generation of new ideas.
A copy of the chart is available on the Division 8 site or by contacting Richard directly at [email protected].