Construction Law and Public Contracts

Hanna Lee Blake, Chair

The Construction Law and Public Contracts Section continues to serve the needs of Virginia lawyers by providing a forum for its members to share research, experiences and ideas. Section members receive a discounted registration fee for its annual Fall seminar in Charlottesville, which fulfills the complete annual requirement for Virginia continuing legal education credit.  Members also receive the Construction Law and Public Contracts News, the Section’s semiannual newsletter, and the Construction Law Handbook, a compilation of construction and public contracts-related case summaries updated annually.  The Section also sponsors an annual Government Contracts seminar in Fairfax and seminars at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting each Summer in Virginia Beach.

The Construction Law and Public Contracts Section currently has 831 members. The annual budget for the past fiscal year was $11,552 and has a remining balance of $2,979.

The Construction Law and Public Contracts Section held the following events this year:

  • 40th Annual Construction Law and Public Contracts Seminar

The Section celebrated its 40th Anniversary and recognized its founding members at its Construction Law and Public Contracts Seminar on November 1-2, 2019. There were 173 paying seminar attendees, plus 28 faculty, moderator, and planners.  In addition, 46 people have since viewed sessions from the program online. The committee for this program included Jonathan Straw, Chandra Lantz, Spencer Wiegard, Alison Mullins, Hanna Blake, and Barrett Lucy (ex officio).

  • 4th Annual Federal Government Contracting Seminar

This seminar was live in Fairfax on September 10, 2019 and was offered as a video replay in Norfolk and Tysons on October 31, 2019. There were 52 paying seminar attendees, plus 9 faculty at the live presentation.  12 people viewed the seminar at video replays, and 55 more have watched it online. The committee for this program included Randy Wintory, Joe Guarino, Jesse Keene, Chris Boynton (ex officio), Jennifer Mahar (ex officio), and Mike Branca (ex officio).

The Section continues to provide valuable written materials to its membership. The Section published its Fall and Spring editions of its newsletter under the editorship of Dan Rounds and Jesse Gordon. The Section updated its Construction Law Handbook to include recent Virginia state and federal court decisions affecting our members' practices under the leadership of Jonathan Straw and Joshua Johnson.

The leadership of the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section for the upcoming year is Scott Kowalski, Chair; Randy Wintory, Vice Chair; Alison Mullins, Secretary; Jonathan Straw, Treasurer; Hanna Blake, Immediate Past Chair; Jesse Gordon, Newsletter Coeditor; Dan Rounds, Newsletter Coeditor; Sarah Stahling, YLC Liaison; Quinton Callahan; Tara Chadbourn; Joseph Guarino; Joshua Johnson; Jesse Keene; Chandra Lantz; Lauren McLaughlin; Andrew Pearson; Spencer Wiegard; Jonathan Wright; Hon. David Lannetti, Ex-Officio Judicial; Hon. Fred Watson, Ex-Officio Judicial; Rich DiMeglio, VaCLE Liaison.

It has been my privilege to serve as this Section’s Chair the past year, and to have had the opportunity to work with so many people across the Commonwealth that have and continue to dedicate their time to ensure our Section’s success.  I would like to extend a special thank you to all those named above for their tireless work on behalf of our Section.

Updated: Aug 05, 2020