My year as Chair-Elect is coming to an end and it has been quite a journey. The Forum is powered by the hard work of amazing lawyer/consultant volunteers and the incredible ABA Forum Staff. It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to work more closely with these folks as I advanced my planning efforts. Many thanks to all those who have been, and will be, instrumental in the planning, marketing and delivery of these programs. We expect those efforts will pay off with a fantastic 2023-24 Bar Year!
Our Fall Meeting starts off the bar year on September 27-29, 2023 in my adopted hometown of Washington, DC. What better place for our program, titled “Navigating Government Construction: Don’t Make a Federal Case Out of It”. The program will explore the secrets of successfully navigating government construction contracting to avoid ending up in the courtroom. We have a star-studded panel of in-house counsel, government lawyers, and outside counsel to provide insights on government contractor obligations, the claim process, sustainable building priorities, terminations, dispute resolution with the government, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and much more. The practicum at the Fall Meeting will focus on Bid Protests. The meeting will also feature a dynamic talk by Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro League Baseball Museum and host of the entertaining podcast, Black Diamonds.
The Regional program is being reimagined for 2023. The two-day Foundations of Construction Law program combines the legal fundamentals with the technical knowledge to provide that “foundation” for anyone looking to build their construction practice. We will host the program in Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis and San Francisco on November 2-3. 2023. In addition to great CLE, we hope the two-day program (and the associated social activities) gives our newer attendees a better feel for the fun we have at our national meetings.