BUSINESS LAW COMMITTEE MEETING & LUNCH & LEARN
“Part One: Doing Business With the Commonwealth: ITB, ITQ, RFP...wth?”
11:30 a.m. Lunch & Meeting | 12 Noon Program | DCBA Headquarters
$15 Student Members | $25 Paraleglas | $45 Members | $65 Non-member Attorney
Registration Deadline: 12 Noon, Tuesday, March 21
Course Description: This two-part CLE will give you the basic tools you need to explore contracting opportunities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for both your business clients and your firm.
The first session, “ITB, ITQ, RFP...wth?”, will review the different types of procurements. It will also explain how both service providers and suppliers can get cooperative purchasing contracts allowing them to deal with not only Commonwealth agencies, but local governments and non-governmental organizations as well, without the necessity of competing for the work. The Commonwealth's contracting process can be confusing for those who haven't had experience with its somewhat complicated structure, but knowing the basic concepts will give you the tools needed to advise your clients and to help them prepare bids and proposals with a greater likelihood of success.
The second session, “Girding For Battle” (April 11, 2023), will discuss what to do when there’s a dispute on an existing Commonwealth contract for both prime and sub-contractors: administrative remedies to explore, the exclusive initial agency appeal jurisdiction and function of the Board of Claims, and further appeals from the Board to the Commonwealth and PA Supreme Courts.
Participating faculty includes William W. Warren Jr., partner, Saul Ewing LLP and former chief counsel to the PA Department of General Services and chief of litigation in the Governor's Office of General Counsel; C. Grainger Bowman, of counsel at K&L Gates and past chairman of the PBA's Civil Litigation Section and Construction Litigation Committee; and Jan Matthew Tamanini of JMT Law, LLC, former PennDOT Senior Counsel for Contracts and Legal Services and former Assistant Chief Counsel for Public Works and Senior Counsel for Procurement at the PA Department of General Services.