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Bid Protests 101 (05/15/2020)

Program Number: 3087 Presenter: Maria Panichelli, Esq.

Today’s federal marketplace is extremely competitive. It is not surprising, then, that protests have become an almost inevitable feature of many procurements. Successful contractors know that they need to understand both sides of the protest process to succeed. They must learn how to use protests to go after the contracts they deserve, when improperly awarded to someone else. At the same time, contractors must be able to defend baseless protests challenging their own awards, brought by disgruntled competitors. Assisting clients with these processes requires a thorough understanding of the complex web of regulations and requirements governing the protest process. In this session, experienced government contracts lawyer Maria Panichelli walks you through the protest process, explaining how to successfully assert and defend bid protests. Learning objectives: • Differentiate between bid protests, size protests, and status protests, and understand when to use which • Study the procurement timeline, and recognize protest or debrief “

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Key Issues and Best Practices for Proposal Preparation (04/22/2020)

Program Number: 3057 Presenter: Christian N. Curran, Esq., Zachary Schroeder, Esq., Anuj Vohra, Esq.

Experienced practitioners will walk through the lifecycle of a procurement from pre-proposal submission through award to arm you with the knowledge to put together a winning effort. The presentation will provide an overview of pre-award and post-award protest issues contractors should be aware of when preparing their proposals, as well as a discussion of key Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) decisional law involving commonly encountered protest grounds. Topics covered include: •How to utilize the question and answer process to your advantage •When to consider filing a pre-award protest •Maximizing credit for past and corporate experience •Impact of incumbency on proposal evaluation •Avoidance and mitigation of Organizational Conflicts of Interest (“OCIs”) •Handling key personnel departures •Steering clear of potential protests Find out what you can do to make yourself stand out from the pack and to avoid common errors that could sink your proposal.

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Who Is a Subcontractor Under a Federal Government Contract? (02/25/2020)

Program Number: 3045 Presenter: Merle DeLancy, Jr., Esq., Michael J. Montalbano, Esq.

Recently, clients have asked if they or a vendor or supplier are a “subcontractor” under a federal government contract. Sometimes the answer is easy—e.g., you are a subcontractor when a prime contractor contracts directly with a vendor or supplier (hereinafter “vendor”) to perform a federal contract. But the lines become less clear when a prime contractor does not inform the vendor that the subcontract is being entered into in furtherance of a federal government contract or where the vendor supplies goods that the prime contractor uses to perform commercial and government contracts. Join Merle DeLancey and Michael Montalbano as they dig further into this topic.

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Sanctions Risks and Opportunities: How to Comply in an Evolving Regulatory Landscape (03/04/2020)

Program Number: 3025 Presenter: Tyler Grove, Esq.

In the past several years, sanctions have become an increasingly utilized method for the U.S. government to implement its foreign policy, and the rapidly shifting legal landscape creates immense challenges for compliance. Having a firm understanding of the foundational bases for sanctions and an understanding of best compliance practices is essential to avoiding violations. This course will provide an overview of U.S. primary and secondary sanctions, emerging trends, and best practices for compliance. Topics covered will include background on the regulatory framework for U.S. sanctions, recent developments and emerging trends, successfully identifying areas of risk, forming effective risk-based compliance programs, practical tips for identifying and mitigating red flags, and best practices in responding to potential violations and enforcement. Learning objectives include: (1) understanding the legal authorities and limits for sanctions jurisdiction, (2) appreciating how risks differ across different businesses and between U.S. and non-U.S. companies, (3) becoming aware

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The ABCs of SBA JVs (07/31/2020)

Program Number: 30201 Presenter: Cara A. Wulf, Esq.

Joint ventures, particularly 8(a) joint ventures, can be a great way for experienced and novice Government contractors to partner and flourish in the Government contracts market. The success of these ventures hinges on a comprehensive understanding of the rules governing the formation and operation of these ventures – however, contractors have struggled for the past several years to reconcile updated rules at the SBA with the outdated rules that still exist in the FAR. These discordant regulations have resulted in confusion and frustration for businesses of all sizes. In this webcast, we will provide a primer on successfully forming and competing for Government contract awards as a joint venture, with a particular focus on 8(a) joint ventures and proposed statutory and regulatory changes published in the Federal Register earlier this summer that are intended to reconcile the SBA and acquisition regulations. These changes have the potential to create significant opportunities for

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Product Liability and Tort Law Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis (05/27/2020)

Program Number: 30146 Presenter: W. McKinney Brown, Esq., Carl J. Schaerf, Esq.

COVID-19 threatens not only our health, but established norms for the role of the legal system and potentially the standards for resolving disputes involving product liability and tort law. This program addresses coronavirus realities relevant to product liability, including key aspects of the virus and the resulting government health and safety orders that have affected business operations and potential liability concerns. We will discuss the most prominent litigation issues facing businesses, such as issues of proof, standards of care, implied warranties for products, premises liability for retailers, distribution and delivery issues, and the duty to warn. Additional topics will include compliance with government orders and government ordered immunities and preemption issues.

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COVID-19’s Impact on Government Contractors and their Contracts (04/24/2020)

Program Number: 30130 Presenter: Mark Stempler, Esq.

This presentation will explore the impact of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus, on government projects. As federal, state and local government agencies scale back services due to government orders or practical circumstances, contractors will need to know their rights and remedies when assessing their obligations and bottom lines. This unprecedented pandemic may trigger contractual terms in ways not previously contemplated and may cause uncertainties for contractors and government agencies. This program will discuss issues that may arise in these circumstances, and the steps contractors can take to address them.

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Impending Legalization - Hot Topics in Cannabis Law (05/08/2019)

Program Number: 2981 Presenter: Robert Hertman, Esq., James K. Landau, Esq., Andrew Schriever, Esq.

The legalization of cannabis by states across the nation for both medical and adult use has caused a surge in the production and distribution of legal marijuana and a significant increase in related service providers, including marketers, sellers of paraphernalia and investors. The laws vary greatly from state to state and the sale of cannabis is still illegal under federal law. The faculty for this seminar features several leading authorities on the subject. This comprehensive program on cannabis law will introduce you to the most relevant issues for businesses and attorneys looking to get involved in this emerging industry. The faculty will cover the issues involved in the regulation of cannabis and possible future regulation and an overview of recent case law around the nation affecting this industry. The faculty will also discuss conflicts between federal and state law and policy, including application of ethics rules such as Rule 1.2 of

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Attorney-Client Privilege in Government and Congressional Investigations: Key Considerations and Recent Developments (07/30/2019)

Program Number: 2980 Presenter: Andrew D. Garrahan, Esq., Laura Schwalbe, Esq., Angelle Smith Baugh, Esq.

Most attorneys are familiar with the basics of the attorney-client privilege, the attorney work-product doctrine, and attorney ethics rules to maintain client confidentiality. Although these precepts are governed by the law of the jurisdiction, the general protections are similar regardless of the jurisdiction. It is critical to identify and protect these privileges when a client is under investigation by the government, whether that investigation is a criminal or regulatory matter or a congressional investigation.

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Cybersecurity: What Government Contractors Need to Know (05/21/2019)

Program Number: 2978 Presenter: Townsend Bourne, Esq., Jonathan Meyer, Esq.

This one-hour class will provide a summary of key concepts in cybersecurity and the legal requirements that apply, with a focus on government contractors. Taught by two experts with deep knowledge and experience in cybersecurity, government contracts, and government priorities, this class will help government employees, government contractors, and lawyers get up to speed on the latest standards and requirements in this field.

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