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         American Bar Association
 ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

          2009 Annual Meeting
           The Sheraton New Orleans



        Special Session:
The Forum Experience
 What is in it for you?

             Kristine A. Kubes
             Steven B. Lesser
              Krista L. Pages
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            ABA


Sections    Divisions       Forums
            (Demographic)    (Topical)
(Topical)


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ABA Entities Membership Statistics
            (as of January 31, 2009)
                                              Total
 Rank   Forums, Sections, Divisions          Members
  1     Young Lawyers Division                    149,204
  2     Litigation                                67,654
  3     Business Law                              57,810
  4     Tort Trial & Insurance Practice           29,435
 15     Government & Public Sector                13,658
 19     Public Contract Law                       10,958
 23     Antitrust Law                                 8,391
 28     Forum on the Construction Industry            6,619
 30     Forum on Entertainment & Sports               4,144
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Membership Statistics
As of 1/31/09
6000     5,894

5000

4000

3000

2000

1000
                       410
                                      315
   0
        Lawyers    Associates     Law Students

                  Total – 6,619                  4
Forum Mission Statement:

  “Serving the Construction Industry
 through Education, Leadership and
 Fellowship of Construction Lawyers”




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Forum On The Construction Industry
                                                 Officers

          Governing Committee                                     Other Committees

                             Divisions
Division 1: Dispute Avoidance & Resolution
Division 2: Contract Documents                                     • Division Chairs
Division 3: Design
Division 4: Project Delivery Systems
                                                                   • Membership
Division 5: Contract Negotiations, Performance & Administration
                                                                   • Nominating
Division 6: Workforce Management and Human Resources
Division 7: Insurance Surety & Liens                               • Publications
Division 8: International Contracting
Division 9: Specialty Trade Contractors and Suppliers
                                                                   • SPEC
Division 10: Legislation & Environment
                                                                   • Technology
Division 11: Corporate Counsel
Division 12: Owners & Lenders
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Forum Org Chart
 • Officers
      • Chair
      • Immediate Past Chair
      • Chair Elect

    Qualifications
       At least one year on Governing Committee
       Chair Elect chosen by Nominating Committee,
      Forum members vote at Annual Meeting




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Forum Org Chart
• Officers
• Governing Committee
    Officers
            12 At-Large Members -3 Year Terms
          Nominating Committee Selects, Forum
         members vote at Annual Meeting
    Qualifications – Significant Service To
     Forum
         E.G. - Division Chairs
              - Program Chairs
              - Journal Editors
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Forum Org Chart
• Officers
• Governing Committee
• Division Chairs
  Typically Two-Year Term

      Selected From Division Steering Committee
      Governing Committee Appointment



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Forum Org Chart
• Officers
• Governing Committee

• Division Chairs

• Division Steering Committees
      7 to 9 members
      No set term
      Governing Committee appointment with input from
       Division Chair
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 Divisions
 Topical Focus & In-house Counsel

Typical activities
    • Identify / develop program ideas
    • Develop articles for Construction Lawyer /
    • Under Construction
    • Develop & circulate “Hot Tips”
    • Develop book concepts
    • Participate in membership activities



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     Programming
•   Planned 1-2 Years In Advance
•   Current Meetings:

     Fall:     1-1/2 Days
     Winter:   1-Day with TTIPS Fidelity and Surety
               Committee (Planned for 2010)
     Annual:   1-Full Day and 2- Half Days
     Regional: 1-Day / 5 Cities (Rotates Among 3 Different
     Programs- Fundamentals-Sticks & Bricks and Construction
     Contracts).


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Programming Themes

Fall –     Tends to have specialized focus

Winter –    Tends to have Surety / Insurance Focus

Annual –     Broader Based

Regional – Very Focused, Very Small

Divisions involved at each Program through Division
Breakfast Meetings


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Programming Ideas

• Chosen by Chair Elect for year as Chair
      Suggestions from Divisions
      Refinement with G.C. Liaison & Program Chair(s)
      Critique by Governing Committee
• Overarching Concerns
      Quality
      Timeliness
      Financial Risk


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Program Speaker Selection
• Criteria
       Quality
       Knowledge of Subject Matter
       Diversity
       Vetting by G.C.
       Avoid Over-Exposure (of individuals & Firms)
       Ability / Willingness to produce paper
       Willingness to commit to quality
          strict schedules for submitting papers far in advance
          rehearsals required
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Publications

• Construction Lawyer    - 4x/yr.

• Under Construction    - 3x/yr.

• A broad range of books for the construction
 practitioner




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Publications –
The Construction Lawyer
 John Rawls / Stephen Hess – Editors


 • “Law   Journal” quality, footnoted articles

 • Length

 • Editing timetable


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Publications –
Under Construction

Jeffery Cruz – Editor

• Newsletter format

• Less formal, more practical articles
• Updates on coming events



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Publications – Books
Andy Ness, Chair


 • Of interest to construction lawyers
 • Source – divisions, individuals
 • Ideas developed through publications

  committee
     Approval of Governing Committee
     Planning, publication, marketing assistance
       from ABA press

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Membership
Anne Gorham, Chair


• Focus on attracting new members, retaining
 existing ones

• Division liaisons
• Close coordination with first time attendees


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Membership – Initiatives
• First Time Attendee Breakfast
• Forum liaisons provided to mentor new and newly active
 members

• Outreach to non-members
• Outreach to state and local bar associations
• Promote and encourage diversity
• Young lawyer membership retention

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Technology
Developing New Ways To Serve Our Members
Joe West, Chair
Dave Owen and Ed Josiah, Consultants
• Initiatives
          Coordination / standardization of visual presentations
          Produce Program CDs
          Develop and Implement Searchable Knowledgebase
            of Forum Resources
          Develop Directory of Construction Consultants
          Electronic Library
          Maintain Forum Web Site
          Develop Podcasts
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