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We will apply for 7 CLE credits
(6 Law & Legal Procedure + 1 Ethics)


8:25 a.m. Welcome and Introductions by Program Co-Chairs

Ron English - Seattle Schools, Retired General Counsel
Brett Hill – Ahlers Cressman & Sleight, Seattle
Bart Reed – Stoel Rives, Seattle

8:30 a.m. Case Law Updates
Discussion of recent cases of interest, include decisions addressing accord and satisfaction, arbitration, attorney client privilege, claim notice, ethics, incorporation by reference, industrial insurance, insurance, lien and bond claims, service of process, statutes of repose and workplace safety.

Paul R. Cressman Jr. – Ahlers Cressman & Sleight, Seattle

9:30 a.m. Washington Legislative Update
New laws from the 2020 Legislative Session regarding contractors, public works, employment, the environment and other areas. After the session ended, the governor vetoed nearly two dozen bills due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Steve Goldblatt Resolve Disputes, Seattle
Athan Tramountanas – Ogden Murphy Wallace, Seattle

10:15 a.m. Design Build: Past, Present and Future
This presentation will review the legal issues and pitfalls in design-build and delivery in Washington and discuss how to approach design-build projects as we approach a “new normal” in the age of coronavirus and beyond.

Robynne Thaxton - Thaxton Parkinson, Mercer island

11:15 a.m. Highlights from the Seattle Tunnel Litigation
Was the steel well casing a differing site condition? How did the Court deal with the loss of evidence? Was the contractor required to certify subcontractor pass-through claims?

Karl Oles, Stoel Rives, Seattle

Noon Construction Law Section Update and Lunch Break

Amber Hardwick, General Counsel, OAC Services, Seattle (Section Chair)

12:30 p.m. Judicial Panel – View from the Bench
The distinguished panel will share their perspectives on how coronavirus has changed trial and appellate practice and how they will continue to evolve.

Hon. Beth Andrus Court of Appeals, Div. I, Seattle
Hon. Jim Rogers – Presiding Judge, King County Superior Court, Seattle
Hon. Catherine Shaffer – King County Superior Court, Seattle

1:30 p.m Public Private Partnerships
Recent developments in the use of public private partnerships for construction.

James Lynch - Murray Franklyn, Bellevue

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. COVID-19 Impacts on the Construction Industry and Workforce
Discussion of the governor’s proclamation, list of essential infrastructure workers, supplemental guidance, process for clarification from the State Department of Commerce, and enforcement (local government, law enforcement, LNI, AG, workforce complaints). Discussion of ongoing issues as the construction industry gets back to work, including delays (force majeure, impracticability and impossibility), damage claims, impacts on materials availability and impacts on the construction workforce

Bryce Sinner – Landerholm PS, Vancouver

3:00 p.m. Developments in GC/CM Contracting
A discussion of the GC/CM process in Washington, Legislative history, interesting case studies, and caselaw developments.

Ellie Perka – Ahlers, Cressman & Sleight, Seattle

3:30 Ethics
Ethical considerations during and after a pandemic; or, how I learned to cope . . . .

Chris Soelling – Soelling Law, Seattle

4:30 Virtual Social Hour
Virtual social hour will be through Zoom conference call. Please rsvp to participate in the BYOB social hour and remember to include your email address.


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Refunds: Registration fees may be refunded, less $25 for handling, for written cancellations postmarked, emailed, or faxed by 5 p.m., up to 3 business days before the seminar. No refunds after that date, but you will receive the coursebook. Canceled registrations may not be transferred to other seminars. You may send a substitute (e.g., someone from your firm) in lieu of canceling.

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