2017 Public Contract Law Fall Meeting Portal

2017 Fall Educational Program/Council Meeting 

Off to the Races: Government Contracts from the Paddock to the Winner's Circle and Beyond

November 2-4, 2017
Seelbach Hilton Hotel
500 Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40402

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Program Overview

Off to the Races: Government Contracts from the Paddock to the Winner's Circle and Beyond

Conducting business with the Government — whether federal, state or local — has become an increasingly complex and sophisticated challenge. The legal and regulatory landscape is ever-changing and the risks and potential consequences of litigation are mounting. The key to succeeding in this environment is understanding both the fundamentals and nuances of the procurement process each step of the way.

Our Fall Program presents a "procurement toolbox," tracking the lifecycle of the procurement process from pre-solicitation to post-award. Join us and hear subject matter experts examine recent developments in the law and best practices for procuring or securing contracts and successful contract completion from both the Government and industry perspectives.

 • Gain insight into the underpinnings of acquisition planning activities when the Government and a contractor contemplate a new procurement opportunity

• Navigate the evolving small and disadvantaged business programs and how to qualify for participation or team with a contractor that does

• Explore the role of debriefings, protests and corrective action as understood and experienced by the Government, contractors and the Government Accountability Office

• Consider potential pitfalls a contractor may encounter during contract performance, including claims litigation as well as state or federal false claims investigations

• Discover hot topics in state and local procurement

• Learn tactics to improve your ability to negotiate contracts between a private contractor and Government or among contractors teaming to pursue an opportunity

Register today and enhance your awareness of emerging issues impacting the procurement process and the tools necessary for success at each step, while networking with other Government contract professionals and enjoying the charm and hospitality of Louisville, Kentucky.

Registration Information

The registration fee includes programming for Thursday afternoon and all-day Friday, continental breakfast, coffee breaks, the Friday luncheon program, the section reception, and CLE program materials. The registration fees provide for reduced registration fees for Government employees, academics, and public interest lawyers employed with non-profit organizations. Payment must accompany registration. Confirmations will be sent to all registrants.

Register online through the Section website www.ambar.org/pubconfall17 (credit card only) Or Send via Secure Fax 312.988.5850 (credit card only) Or Mail to American Bar Association, Attn: Meeting Registrations Department, 321 N. Clark St., 16th Fl., Chicago, IL 60654.

Tuition Assistance

A limited number of registration fee reductions are available for this program upon application. The fee-reductions will be determined on a one-time only, case-by-case, first-come first-serve basis. Requests must be received at least three weeks before the program start date—October 11, 2017. You will be notified prior to the program if your application is approved. A minimal fee may be charged on all approved applications to defray expenses. To apply, send a letter outlining the basis for your request of a fee reduction to Patty Brennan, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, or patty.brennan@americanbar.org.

Hotel Information

The Seelbach Hilton Hotel is located at 500 Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40402. The special group room rate is $159 single/double, plus 16.07% tax per room per night. You may contact the hotel directly at 502.585.3200. Please reference the ABA Section of Public Contract Law – Fall Program & Council Meeting to receive the group rate. The hotel reservation deadline is October 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm CST. This rate is available until October 17th or when the room block reaches capacity, whichever comes first. Individuals with guaranteed reservations must cancel their reservations 72 hours prior to the scheduled day of arrival to avoid a one-night cancellation charge.

The Seelbach Hilton Hotel is approximately 7 miles/15 minute drive from the Louisville International Airport. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle (seats 8) service. Please contact 502.585.3200 to confirm pickup. Taxis are available estimated $20 fare. Self-parking is available at $23. Valet Parking w/In-Out privileges $27.

Dietary Restrictions

If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate so by contacting Ernestine Leibas at 312.988.5699 or Ernestine.Leibas@americanbar.org.