National Bar Association 95th Annual Convention: Inaugural Government Procurement Law Forum 

July 25, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

The NBA’s Inaugural Government Procurement Law Forum will focus on a range of legal issues and opportunities in the practice of government procurement law. A distinguished slate of speakers representing nearly every facet of the government procurement legal landscape –including government, industry, law firms, and academia—has been invited to cover a spectrum of topics related to doing business with governmental entities. The content presented during this Forum will be extremely valuable to attorneys currently practicing in the field, or those seeking to begin or expand their practices in the area of government procurement. Seasoned practitioners are also sure to benefit from the updates and insights provided by each of the widely recognized speakers. Law students, young lawyers, as well as those with established government contracts practices—and anyone in between—will gain useful information to enhance their government procurement knowledge and skills. 


Kendra Perkins Norwood, Wiley Rein LLP
Preston L. Pugh, Miller & Chevalier Chartered

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. EDT: Opening Remarks and Sponsor Recognition

11:10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT: Session 1
Significant Recent Developments in Government Contracting
Moderator: Lorraine Campos, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP (Advocate Sponsor)

  • The Honorable Lydia Kay Griggsby, Judge, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • Kenneth Patton, Managing Associate General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Duc Nguyen, Suspension and Debarment Official, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Christopher R. Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law; Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School

12:15 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. EDT: Session 2
The Evolution of the False Claims Act (FCA) and Ethical Considerations for Avoiding and Addressing FCA Allegations
Moderator: Liza Craig, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP (Gold Sponsor)

  • Reed Stephens, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Stephen Hall, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Benjamin Wei, Senior Trial Counsel, Fraud Section, Civil Division United States Department of Justice

1:05 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. EDT: Session 3
Closing the Racial Wealth Gap through Government Contracting
Moderator: Edward Gray, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP (Advocate Sponsor)

  • Henry Childs II, President, Minority Wealth Commission
  • Lisa Colon, Partner, Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, General Counsel, National Association of Minority Contractors
  • John Klein, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

1:55 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m. EDT: Closing Remarks          

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