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Construction Law & Public Contracts

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

June 9, 2009

Five Year Plan Report

Construction and Public Contracts Law Section - Five Year Plan Report

A thorough review of the Section’s bylaws yielded a few revisions which the Section recommended to the Board of Governors. The revisions will be presented to the membership of the Section at the annual meeting in June 2009.
October 8, 2010

Fall 2010 Newsletter is available

The Fall 2010 Newsletter is now available in the Member Resources section.
August 11, 2011

2011 Construction Section Annual Report

The 2011 Construction Section Annual Report is available.

November 12, 2012

Meeting Minutes - September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012 Meeting Minutes are available.

July 15, 2014

New Board of Governors Elected for 2014-2015

New Board of Governors elected for 2014-2015.

July 21, 2015

New Board of Governors elected for 2015-2016

The Construction Law and Public Contracts section has elected a new Board of Governors for 2015-2016.

November 6, 2015

The updated Construction Law and Public Contracts Handbook is now available

The updated 2015 Construction Law and Public Contracts Handbook is now available.

January 8, 2016

Virginia Lawyer - December 2015

The Contruction Law and Public Contracts Section dedicated Virginia Lawyers - December 2015 issue.

August 1, 2018

Annual Report 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 Annual Report for Construction Law & Public Contracts Section is available.

October 31, 2019

2019 Construction Law Handbook update

The Construction Law Handbook has been updated.
November 12, 2019

Message from Neil Kessler, founding board member

Thank you very much for your kind invitation to the 40th annual conference.  Regrettably, I will not be able to attend.    

It is difficult to fathom that 40 years have passed since the first annual conference.  I am proud and honored to have worked with Dick Dixon, Jack Rabhan, Art Vieregg and  so many  other construction law legends in organizing the Construction Law Section and the first several annual conferences.  I cannot tell you how much I learned from the conferences and the other Founding Members and how much I admired the Founding Members as leaders, attorneys, organizers, role models and friends.  I also cannot tell you how proud I am to see that the Construction Law Section is still strong and thriving after so many years and roller coaster economies.    

Please express my sincere  appreciation and gratitude  to the current leaders of the Section for continuing the traditions of the Section and raising the bar to educate members of the  Virginia  bar about the intricacies of Construction Law in the Commonwealth and for continuing to provide networking opportunities for Virginia construction  lawyers, which has led to greater collegiality among the members of the Virginia bar who practice in that arena.   

I am certain the event will be wonderful and nostalgic.  Please keep waving the Construction Law Section banner.  That will be the most gratifying achievement for me, as a  Founding Member.  All the best and thank you for all you are doing for the Construction  Law Section. Although I am now retired, I am available to assist you and the other leaders of the Section in any way I can.  Please do not hesitate to call on me.  All the best.  Neil Kessler 


Neil S. Kessler logo
   Direct: 804.697.1450
   neil.kessler@troutman.com
June 29, 2020

The Spring 2020 Newsletter is available

The Spring 2020 Newsletter of the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section is available.

August 3, 2020

New Board of Governors Elected for 2020-2021

New Board of Governors elected for 2020-2021.

August 4, 2020

Upcoming VSB Construction Law and Public Contracts Section CLE Programs

Dear Construction Law and Public Contracts Section Member:

I hope this email finds you and your family healthy.

I am proud to announce that despite the challenges, the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section will still be offering our two CLE programs this fall.  While COVID-19 concerns are preventing these programs from occurring at their normal venues this year, the planning committees and faculty are working hard to offer you the same high-quality instructional content through a remotely delivered webcast and phone option.  Both of these programs offer discounted registration for Section members.

The first is our 5th Annual Federal Government Contracting Seminar.  This seminar will occur on Wednesday, September 16 (9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) and will provide 4.0 hours of live CLE, and will include the following topics:

  • Disputes in Government Contracts: Recent Developments and Strategies for Success 
  • Top Ten Concerns for Small Business Attorneys  
  • Issues Raised by the COVID-19 Pandemic on Federal Government Contracting

To register for the Federal Government Contracting Seminar, click here or go to www.vacle.org and enter “S194” in the Search box.

Second, our 41st Annual Construction Law and Public Contracts Seminar will be divided up this year over two days—November 6 and December 4.  There are registration options to attend either day or both days.  As usual, the complete seminar (both days combined) offers a full year’s worth (12.0 hours) of live CLE credit. The offerings once again will range from annual ethics and legal updates to specific programs on the most pressing industry and governmental issues.

To register for the 41st Annual Construction Law and Public Contracts Seminar click here or go to www.vacle.org and enter “S299” in the Search box.

We will miss seeing you all in person this year, but we hope you will still enjoy these great programs!

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Kowalski, Chair
Construction Law and Public Contracts Section