Come Join the Forum for Its 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, April 10–12, 2014

Vol. 15 No. 3

The American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry welcomes you back to New Orleans for its 2014 Annual Meeting.  The meeting will be held April 10 – 12, 2014, at the iconic and historic Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria hotel.  The program, entitled Beat the Blues: Counseling the Client During the Course of the Ongoing Construction Project, will focus on practical solutions to many of the prob­lems and situations that we face in representing clients during the ongoing construction project. Our experienced speakers will navigate us through pre-construction issues that can derail a project before a shovel ever hits the dirt, and will provide common-sense approaches to fixing problems that our clients run into during the course of a project.

The program will address both common and uncommon events that can turn a project upside down. For example, what options are available when faced with the daunting challenge of a key supplier going into bankruptcy mid-project?  Have you ever dealt with the catastrophic labor dispute that nearly causes a project to stop? What are the best ways to deal with a circumstance where major defective work is discovered during the progress of the project? When a potentially significant claim arises mid-project, what are the best practices for navigating the delicate balance between managing the project and managing the claim?  These are just a few examples of some “sour notes” that can cause owners, contractors, and designers the “blues.”  The program speakers will lead you through these project issues and provide practical guidance on how best to resurrect the troubled project and make it a successful one. The program also will provide insight on how in-house counsel handle ongoing project issues and the decision-making process behind calling in the reinforcements, including attorneys, consultants, and experts. 

Why New Orleans this time of year?  The obvious answer is French Quarter Festival. The French Quarter Festival will feature over 800 local musicians and more than 65 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants.  The Festival starts on Thursday, April 10th, and continues through Sunday, April 13th. (Go to for more information.)  In addition to the French Quarter Festival, the City of New Orleans offers some of the very best dining and musical entertainment in the country. As an added bonus, a special late night social event on Bourbon Street for Forum members and their guests has been planned for Thursday, April 10th. The program schedule still will allow time for attendees, families, and guests to experience what makes New Orleans so unique.  The program schedule also has built in time for Division activities, a women’s net­working reception, a diversity breakfast, a community service project, and the always fun and informal Forum golf outing.

So please join the Forum for an exciting program, where you can interact with your colleagues, obtain advanced construction CLE and enjoy all that New Orleans and the French Quarter Festival have to offer.  Download the full brochure for more details, and register now!  If you hurry and register by the Early Bird Registration Deadline of February 28, 2014, you’ll enjoy even more savings!


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