As many of you know, I am involved in the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, which is the largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States and abroad.  Our Fall meeting is next week in Miami Beach, Florida.  The conference focus is “We Won’t Get Fooled Again: Lessons Learned from the Economic Downturn” and features exceptional construction lawyers offering hands-on experience the following:

  1. dealing with troubled and bankrupt projects;
  2. innovative ideas to assist your clients in securing payment in a tough economy;
  3. cutting edge tips for drafting takeover agreements;
  4. insight into where the ethical line is drawn with respect to expert reports;
  5. a primer on common mistakes in reading blueprints; and
  6. other practical survival tips intended to help you best serve your clients.  

This is going to be a great event (not only because of the programs and the location), but also because of the focus on social media.  Check out the following:

  • The Forum is now on YouTube.  Here is a personal invite from Steve Lesser, the governing committee liaison for this program.  I am glad to see the Forum leaders catching the digital wave:



  • The Forum will be Tweeting.  Just like Daniel Schwartz, who made headlines by tweeting on behalf of @ABAEsq at the ABA annual meeting two weeks ago in San Francisco, you can follow the tweets of the Forum’s Fall meeting in Miami at @forummiami and @ABAConstruction (or using the hastag #ABACF)
  • The Forum will teach you social media.   I am excited to announce that I will be teaching "An Early Morning session on Social Media," (pdf) where we will cover the basics of social media and give an overview of how the Forum intends to use the various tools and platforms.  Fellow construction Michael Murphy will also be there to give his advice on tweeting.  We hope you can join us at 7:30 a.m. for about 45 minutes on Thursday morning right before the event conference begins.

 See you next week on the sandy beaches!  I will send pics.