Maine Law partners with ABA to host procurement law conference

The University of Maine School of Law recently partnered with the ABA Section of Public Contract Law to host a conference on “The Convergence of Federal and State/Local Procurement Law.” The Conference took place in Portland, Maine on October 6 – 8, 2016.

The two day conference began with a full day of training in fundamental issues of government purchasing.

Panel topics for the first day were:

  • Understanding Contract Formation and Modification in State Procurement Law
  • Anticipating – and Resolving – Difficult Issues in State Public Contract Administration
  • Emerging Issues in State and Local Government
  • Ethics and Bid Protests Across the States
  • Fraud: An Introduction to State False Claims Acts

“I want to thank the Law School for the wonderful State and Local Procurement CLE,” said Kate Lawrence ’09 of BerryDunn. “I was able to attend the sessions on Thursday and the content and speakers were absolutely wonderful.”

The second day of the conference covered more in-depth programming on issues at the intersection of purchasing in federal, state, and local venues.  A keynote address was presented by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine-1st District) on Sustainable Procurement and Local Agriculture. Panel topics for the second day were:

  • Advanced Issues in Fraud at the Federal, State, and Local Levels
  • Cybersecurity – A Unified Approach Across Public Markets
  • Federal, State, and Local Bid Protests: Learning from Each Other
  • Cooperative Purchasing’s Multi-Billion Dollar Market

“I want to thank Dean Danielle Conway for all her work bringing the ABA to Portland this fall,” said Phil Saucier of Bernstein Shur who was a panelist on day one of the program. “There was such a great turn out and the Conference provided tremendous exposure for our beloved City and Law School.”

Following the Conference the Executive Council of the ABA Contract Law Section held their annual meeting. The Council is comprised of nationally recognized state and local lawyers as well as leading procurement lawyers. Joy Naifeh, 2L at Maine Law, presented on Sustainable Local Agriculture & Food Procurement to the council members.

“I was so proud of Joy for her incredible presentation,” said Dean Danielle Conway. “Her presentation paved the way for a new online procurement law module that will be piloted at Maine Law.”