October 11, 2019

2019 Public Procurement Symposium

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA
Thursday, October 24 - Saturday, October 26, 2019


Explore what drives public procurements from the early stages of acquisition planning through contract performance and protests/ dispute resolution, including how best to avoid and remedy challenges unique to government contracts.

Concurrent sessions allow you to select programs focused on either federal or state & local procurement matters or on a broader range based on your area of interest. Take advantage of networking opportunities with professionals in federal, state & local procurement law.


See the 2019 Public Procurement Symposium brochure with complete details about the sessions and networking events.


The ABA Section of Public Contract Law is proud to be continuing our partnership with the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). The section is very grateful to NASPO for its continued support.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Thursday, October 24

12:30 – 5:30pm

2 – 4pm
Ethics in Business Development & Capture: Where Are the Lines? (CLE)

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (select one)
4:30 – 5:30pm
Session A: Parallel Paths or Impending Collision? Tracking the Impacts of Concurrent Federal, State & Local Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments on Goverment Contractors (CLE)
Session B: Resolving High-Profile or High-Stakes Litigation When Government Entities are a Party — Petco Park (Non-CLE)

5:30 – 7:30pm
Reception/ Tour at Petco Park (ticketed event limited to 100 attendees) — Sponsored by TM Financial Forensics

Friday, October 25

7:30 – 8am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10am
Protesting Federal, State & Local Contract Awards: "Who Gets It?" (CLE)

10 – 10:15am
Networking Break

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (select one)
10:15 – 11:45am
Session A: Government Contracting Essentials Part 1: From Planning to Award (And Sometimes Back Again) (CLE)
Session B: At the Intersection of Procurement & Collusion: Understanding Criminal Antitrust Risks in Government Contracting (CLE)

Noon – 1:45pm
Keynote Luncheon Program – ticketed event ($50/ person)
Garden Terrace
Richard A. Powers, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (select one)
2 – 3:30pm
Session A: Government Contracting Essentials Part 2: Now That the Contract Has Been Awarded, What's Next? (CLE)
Session B: "Understanding the Mysterious World of FFRDCs" (CLE)

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (select one)
3:45 – 5:15pm
Session A: Government Contracting Essentials Part 3: Fraud & How to Prevent It (CLE)
Session B: Behind Bars: New Constraints on Contracting with the Government due to Expansions to, or "De Facto or De Jure," Suspension & Debarment (CLE)

5:15 – 6:45pm
Section Reception — Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel

Saturday, October 26

8am – Noon
Council Meeting

Register to Attend

Register online by Monday, September 30 to receive the early bird registration rates. Continental breakfasts, coffee breaks, the receptions and two days of speakers' written presentation available through a web link are included.  Rates increase on Tuesday, October 1.

Organizations with three or more paid registrants are eligible for a 20% discount on registration (discount not applicable on lunch). Complete the group registration form and contact Patty Brennan to complete your group registration process.

CLE Information

The ABA will seek 9 hours of CLE credit (including 2 hours of ethics credit) for this program in 60-minute states, and 10.8 hours of CLE credit (including 2 hours of ethics credit) for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state's approval and credit rounding rules. Find CLE information for your state.

Reserve Your Hotel Room

The group room rate at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel is $229 single/ double, plus 12.77% tax per room per night. Reserve your room online or call 888.627.8563 and ask to “stay at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter with ABA Section of Public Contract Law.”

Government employees are eligible for the government rate for a very limited number of rooms. Proof of current government employment is required at check-in. Please email Patty Brennan or call 312.988.5623 regarding availability.