Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Articles from D1 Members in the Newest Edition of Under Construction

The most recent edition of Under Construction has been mailed and emailed to Forum members. 

An expanded version is available online --

If you did not receive either the paper or online copies, please make sure to check your preferences with the ABA.  For detailed instructions on how to receive Under Construction by email, click HERE.

Two Division 1 members wrote articles for this edition of Under Construction:
  • Brendan Carter wrote A Project Manager's Decision to Become a Lawyer.  The article is about Brendan's path to law school after working 10 years in construction. Brendan is the Forum's past law school liaison. Read his story by clicking HERE.
  • Daniel Kapner answered my questions about the 2015 Amendments to the AAA Construction Rules.  You can read his article by clicking HERE.
If you are interested in writing an article for Under Construction, please contact me (  I would also like to receive ideas from Division 1 members about ways to improve #ABAUnderConstruction. 


Tom Dunn
Associate Editor, Under Construction

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mid-Winter D1/D13 Dinner Social

Divisions 1 and 13 are pleased to announce they will be teaming for their social event in San Francisco at the Mid-Winter meeting this year.  

After the Welcome Reception we will be venturing down to the Pier 23 Restaurant on the waterfront for heavy hors d’oeuvres and some great comradery – so join us! 

Sign up early and see you all soon!!

Nick Holmes
Division 1 Chair

Division 1 Construction Law Practicum: Written Advocacy in Construction Litigation

Lawyers often decry the reduced role that jury trials play in deciding construction disputes. As all of us recognize, most cases settle prior to trial because of the inherent risks involved with taking a major dispute all the way through a verdict. 

What that means, however, is that written advocacy has become far more important to obtaining a result with which our clients can be happy.  Advocacy takes many forms, whether in discovery requests and responses, dispositive motions, motions in limine, pretrial statements, or post-hearing briefs.  Each of these forms is a unique way to help our clients to achieve their goals.

On the Wednesday of the Midwinter Meeting in San Francisco, Division 1 is proud to sponsor and help present the Construction Law Practicum titled "Written Advocacy in Construction Litigation." This practicum is being presented in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division and the Forum Leadership Circle.  

Even though the YLD is sponsoring the practicum, lawyers of all ages should attend. For the low price of $50, you will hear from James O'Connor, Cassidy Rosenthal, and Kent Collier regarding topics such as: 

*  How to advance your client’s case through targeted discovery requests including:

  • Interrogatories;
  • Requests for Production; and,
  • Requests for Admission.

*  Crafting automatic disclosures and responses to discovery requests.
*  Tips for drafting well-structured, clear and persuasive written motions including:

  • Dispositive motions;
  • Motions in limine;
  • Pretrial statements; and,
  • Post-hearing briefs.

Seats are limited for the practicum, so sign up today!