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Experts at ABA meeting look to beat the construction project blues in New Orleans


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Experts at ABA meeting look to beat the construction project blues in New Orleans

By Irma Romero

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 — The 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry is the largest gathering of construction lawyers in the world. This year’s three-day program features more than 20 substantive sessions across a wide range of ongoing topics in construction law involving project issues.


Legal experts will speak about the challenging legal issues that affect construction projects at the meeting on April 10-12 at the Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel.

During a luncheon at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, A. Holt Gwyn of Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC in Greensboro, N.C., will receive the forum’s Cornerstone Award. The award honors members who have rendered long-term exceptional service to the forum, the public and the legal profession.

What:    2014 Annual Meeting: “Beat the Blues: Counseling the Client
             During the Course of the Ongoing Construction Project”
             Sponsored by the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

When:   April 10-12    

Where: The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel
             130 Roosevelt Way
             New Orleans, LA  70119

Program highlights include:

“Righting the Ship: Getting the Troubled Project Back on Course” — Are pre-construction issues enough to keep a project grounded? This expert panel of construction lawyers will give practical advice on how to get troubled projects back on track.
Thursday, April 10, 8:45 – 10 a.m.

“How to Walk a Tightrope Without Handcuffs: Avoiding Compliance Traps When Administering Federal Contracts with Minority and Other SBA Regulated Entities” — This session will provide an update on recent changes to federal law designed to increase the integrity and enforcement of small business contracting programs. Panelists will weigh in on best practices and contract and subcontract termination issues.
Friday, April 11, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

“Forum Community Service Event: New Orleans City Park Rehabilitation and Landscaping — The New Orleans City Park is one of the oldest urban parks in the country. The park depends on volunteers to keep the integrity of its beauty. The hands-on construction project will include landscaping, planting, light construction and other maintenance projects throughout the park. Friday, April 11, 2 – 5 p.m.

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at

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