Performing Construction Work for Government Projects

Event Description

Online registration is closed. Please email Abby Ward at to register

This year's Construction Law Annual Symposium will focus on performing construction work for government projects. The Section will also vote on next year's Construction Law Council.

Schedule of Events:

8:30 am - 9:30 am - Battling for Contracts - Handling Bid Disputes

Betsy Hayes, Jim Cownie, and Bob Huber will discuss how the State of Minnesota, local governments, and contractors will approach the inevitable bid protests and disputes that will accompany the record number of upcoming contract lettings likely to result from the massive infrastructure funding being proposed. Learn about ways to navigate the process in a way that helps avoid situations that may prompt a need to formally protest a procurement.


Betsy Hayes | Chief Procurement Officer | Minnesota Department of Administration, Office of State Procurement
Bob Huber | Construction Arbitrator and Mediator | Huber ADR Services
Moderator: Jim Cownie | Deputy Chief Counsel | Minnesota Department of Transportation

9:30 am - 10:30 am - Equity in the Procurement Process

Betsy Hayes and Igbal Mohammed will discuss how the State of Minnesota is working to promote equity and inclusion in its contracting practices. The presentation will cover legal considerations as well as an overview of the tools, techniques and statutory authorities the State is utilizing to remove traditional barriers for businesses that experience underutilization.


Betsy Hayes | Chief Procurement Officer | Minnesota Department of Administration, Office of State Procurement
Igbal Mohammed | Director, Minnesota Office of Equity | Minnesota Department of Administration
Moderator: Hugh Brown | Shareholder | Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson 

10:30 am - 11:30 am - Resolving Contract Disputes - Using Traditional and Not So Traditional Approaches

John Harens, Jack Van de North, Pamela Whitmore and Alex Hontos will identify some of the unique and counter-intuitive aspects of resolving disputes with public agencies.  Government construction contracting is, in short, different from commercial construction contracting.  When resolving disputes arising from public projects, parties must be aware of exhaustion requirements, the interplay of data-practices laws, whether they are negotiating with public officials with the requisite authority, and the availability of ADR in resolving public disputes. 


John Harens | Owner | Harens Mediation Center LLC
Jack Van De North | Attorney | Larson King, LLP
Pamela Whitmore | Shareholder | Eckberg Lammers
Moderator: Alex Hontos | Partner | Dorsey & Whitney LLP

CLE Credits:

3.0 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 377594


Construction Law Section Members: $10*
MSBA Member not in the Construction Law Section: $15
Non-MSBA Member: $30
Law Student/New Admittee: FREE


*Join the Construction Law Section - Not a Section Member? Sign up now and receive membership through June 30th, 2022. That’s 16 months for the price of 12! 

Deadline to register: June 21, 2021 

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Abby Ward

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM