August 01, 2018

2018 Fall - Nashville

Nashville Skyline

Nashville Skyline

Thursday, November 1 – Saturday, November 3

DoubleTree Hotel
315 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN

Change is Good: New Direction in Government Contracting
Thursday, November 1 – Friday, November 2

Council Meeting
Saturday, November 3

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Thursday, November 1

1:30 pm

2 – 4 pm
Cybersecurity — Knowing the Enemy and Responding to an Attack
With all of the talk about the impacts of hostile cyber attacks and rules aimed at preventing security incidents, the nuts and bolts of such attacks and their aftermath sometimes get lost. This session will provide participants valuable insight into hackers, their most likely targets, and key data protection expectations. It will also include an interactive real-time "tabletop" demonstration focused on identifying, recovering and responding to a successful cyber attack.

Topics will include:

  • Who are these hackers and what do they want?
  • What makes a contractor a good target?
  • What actually happens when you learn about a successful attack?

Charles Barley Jr., Director, Risk Advisory Services (IT), RSM US, LLP, McLean, VA
Sean Renshaw, Director, National Leader, Digital Forensics and Incident Response, RSM US, LLP, Chicago, IL
Andrew Weidenhamer, Security Director, RSM US, LLP, McLean, VA

4 – 4:15 pm
Networking Break

4:15 – 5:45 pm
Politics & Policy of Responding to Procurement Crises
Federal and state governments have seen a number of procurement crises occur over the last several years. From the technical problems in the rollout of the to Tennessee's recent nullification of a large number of state education testing results, many of these crises trace back to issues in the procurement of technology. This panel will consider the legal and political aspects of responding to these situations when they arise. Topics will include:

  • Recent high profile procurement crises
  • Responding to procurement crises
  • Potential changes to procurement policy and technical aspects of contracting

Mary Beth Bosco, Partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
Nathaniel Greeson, Senior Procurement Litigation Attorney, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (FEMA), Washington, DC
Dismas Locaria, Partner, Venable LLP, Washington, DC
Jeffrey P. Yarbro, Tennessee State Senator — District 21 and Counsel, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, Nashville, TN

6:15 – 7:45 pm
Reception (sponsored by Baker Donelson)
Baker Donelson
211 Commerce St


Friday, November 2

7:30 – 8:15 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10 am
The Thoughtful Contractor’s Approach to Subcontract Terms and Clauses
Given the proliferation of complex contract clauses that impose obligations on not only the prime contractor but also multiple levels of subcontractors, the days of flowing down clauses by simply including them verbatim in subcontracts are long gone, at least for contractors who take contract performance and compliance seriously. This session will explore this new reality of subcontracting through a scenario that highlights the some of the challenges facing thoughtful contractors today. Topics will include:

  • Sorting Out the Interests of Prime Contractors, Subcontractors and the Government in Defining Subcontract Terms
  • When Merely "Flowing Down" Is not Enough
  • What Subcontract Terms are Mandatory and Why?

Howard Wolf-Rodda, Partner, Abrahams Wolf-Rodda, LLC, Potomac, MD
Keir Bancroft, Associate General Counsel (Acquisition), U.S. Air Force, Washington DC
Christine Couvillon, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington DC
Karri Palmetier, Partner, Palmetier Law, Denver, CO

10 – 10:15 am
Networking Break

10:15 – 11:45 am
Lessons Learned from SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protégé Program
This panel will feature a discussion of the lessons learned during the first two years of SBA's All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, which in October 2016 opened up participation, formerly limited to the 8(a) Program, to all socioeconomic designations (small, WOSB, SDVOSB, HUBZone). The panelists will discuss the new Program's popularity, how contractors are using it (e.g., joint venturing), and the challenges and opportunities for SBA to evolve the Program over time. Topics will include:

  • Practical considerations in applying for the Program
  • Opportunities and pitfalls for Joint Ventures and other forms of assistance under the Program
  • SBA's enforcement of Program requirements
  • Program challenges and plans for future changes

Stephen P. Ramaley, Associate, Miles & Stockbridge P.C., Tysons Corner, VA and Washington, DC
LaTanya Channel, State Director of Tennessee, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nashville, TN
Joshua A. Mullen, Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Nashville, TN

Noon – 1:45 pm
Luncheon Program: AI for the Law and Law for AI — The Train Has Left the Station!
Professor J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law; Director — Program on Law & Innovation; Co-Director — Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN

2 – 3:30 pm
Nuts & Bolts of False Claims Act Practice
This panel will feature a discussion of the practical implications of the Escobar decision in the context of False Claims Act litigation. The panelists will focus on the nuts and bolts of a post-Escobar False Claims Act case — from pleading and motions to dismiss through discovery.

Topics will include:

  • Practical considerations in alleging and defending implied certification theories
  • How discovery has (and hasn’t) changed in a materiality world
  • What the future may hold for False Claims Act law and litigation

Daniel E. Chudd, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, McLean, VA
Anna C. Haac, Partner, Tycko & Zavareei LLP, Washington, DC
J.B. Perrine, Senior Counsel, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., Pascagoula, MS
Elizabeth Rinaldo, Senior Trial Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Lisa S. Rivera, Partner, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, Nashville, TN
Christopher C. Sabis, Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville, TN

3:30 – 3:45 pm
Networking Break

3:45 – 5:15 pm
Federal Grants Subaward Panel — Navigating Common Issues in Disparate Programs
The Section's recently established Grant Law Committee will host a panel of practitioners and industry participants focusing on issues that arise in making and managing subawards under federal financial assistance awards (i.e., grants and cooperative agreements). Challenges ranging from selection of instrument type, to identifying key flow down requirements, to establishing reasonable yet effective oversight mechanisms are inherent in each subrecipient transaction regardless of federal program. Join us to discuss common challenges and strategies for passthrough entities (the "primes") and subrecipients alike.

Topics will include:

  • Legal and practical challenges of structuring joint/ collaborative project performance
  • Key compliance concerns
  • State agency challenges in carrying out federal programs through contracts with local government and private contractors and subrecipients

Scott S. Sheffler, Partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Kourtney Hennard, Contract Officer — Sponsored Programs Administration, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Kelly Randall, Senior Assistant General Counsel, State of Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, TN
Abby Regan, Contract Specialist — Special Programs Administration, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Andrea Wilson, Partner, BDO USA, LLP, Washington, DC

5:15 pm
Closing Remarks / Adjourn

5:15 – 6:30 pm
Section Reception
The Section of Public Contract Law gratefully acknowledges the support and contributions from our section reception sponsors.

Saturday, November 3

8 am – Noon
Council Meeting
Please join the leaders of the Section in the open session to discuss actions and information on legislation, regulations, and other current issues important to government contract practitioners. All members and meeting registrants are welcome to attend the Council Meeting.

Registration Fee

Register online by October 12, 2018 to receive the early bird registration rates. The attendee registration fee includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks, the Friday luncheon, the receptions, and program materials available in advance through a web link that will be provided to attendees. The registration fees provide for reduced registration fees for government employees, academics, public interest lawyers employed with non-profit organizations, lawyers admitted to practice for less than five years and law students.

Tuition Assistance

A limited number of registration fee reductions are available for this program for government employees, public interest lawyers employed with nonprofit organizations, and academics. The fee-reductions will be determined on a one-time only, case-by-case basis. For programs with tuition costs of $500 or more, qualifying attorneys will receive at least a 50% reduction in the course fees only. Requests must be received by October 1, 2018. You will be notified prior to the program if your application is approved. To apply, send a letter outlining the basis for your request of a fee reduction to Patty Brennan.

Hotel Information

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville, 315 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN is only 10 miles from Nashville International Airport. The special room rate for meeting attendees is $209 single / double, plus 15.25% tax per room per night. You may reserve your accommodations by calling the DoubleTree directly at 800.222.TREE (8733) or 615.244.8200 and providing the group code ABA or ABA Section of Public Contract Law — 2018 Fall Educational Conference and Council Meeting to make a reservation. You may also reserve your hotel room online. ABA guests will receive complimentary internet access in guest rooms. Rooms are available for check-in after 4pm and checkout time is 11am.

Nashville Information

Find detailed information on things to do, places to eat and everything in between on Nashville Guru.

Government Employees

A very limited number of rooms are also available for government employees at the rate of $124 single / double plus taxes. Please email Patty Brennan regarding availability and booking. Proof of current government employment will be required at checkin to be entitled to the government room rate.

CLE Program Materials

Prior to the program, all advance registrants will receive an email with a link to the CLE materials. No printed materials will be available onsite. You are encouraged to bring a laptop, notebook, or tablet to view the materials onsite. Complimentary Wi-Fi access will be available.

CLE Credit

The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, MP, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs.

This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, contact Patty Brennan or call 312.988.5623.

Special Airline Discounts

Reservations with ABA Egencia can be made online or call 877.833.6285. A Travel Profile is required when booking airline reservations with ABA Egencia. Visit Egencia for more information. ABA airfare discounts on some carriers may also be obtained by purchasing your tickets under the ABA Discount Codes directly from the airline or through your travel agent.

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Dietary Restrictions

If you have any dietary restrictions, please email Patty Brennan or call 312.988.5623.

Services For Persons With Disabilities

If any special arrangements are required for a person with a disability to attend this conference, please call Patty Brennan at 312.988.5623 by October 16, 2018.