September 01, 2020 Public Contract

Message from the Chair

Message from Section Chair Susan Warshaw Ebner

More Than the Sum of Its Parts

It is a distinct honor and privilege for me to serve as the Chair of the Section for the 2020 - 2021 bar year. I follow in the footsteps of many exceptional leaders, including Linda Maramba, who just completed her term.

The ABA Section of Public Contract Law (PCL) is at the forefront of public contracting. It is the preeminent national association of lawyers and professionals from government, industry, and the private bar, who work together to contribute their significant expertise in this important area of law. The PCLS distinguishes itself by being comprised of lawyers and affiliated professionals with public contracting experience gained from government agency, law firm, industry, academic, judicial, consulting and other backgrounds.

The legal profession faces a number of challenges this year. The ABA policy on meetings in order to assure the health and safety of our members and staff in the face of the current Pandemic requires that we host our numerous in-person meetings through virtual connections at least through December of this year. I am committed to the Section continuing to provide unmatched opportunities for all members to deepen and expand their professional growth and to carrying on with our traditional PCLS committee meetings, three annual conferences, and multiple webinars, articles, book projects, and other activities to benefit of our members and the larger federal, state and local public procurement communities of which we are a part.

I hope that our virtual (and hopefully future in-person) programming will provide new avenues for outreach across our PCLS community and other Sections, Divisions and Forums of the larger ABA community that share our interest and involvement in public contracting matters.

Susan Warshaw Ebner
Chair, Section of Public Contract Law