Pierce Atwood Attorneys Attending Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in the Construction Industry

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Pierce Atwood Attorneys, Tom Dunn and Katie Kohm, plan to attend a first-ever summit focused on understanding the business implications of inclusion, diversity, and professionalism across the construction industry.  The meeting is a perfect opportunity for in-house counsel, risk managers, compliance managers, diversity officers, and other leaders of companies involved in the construction industry to engage in this important discussion.  The American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law is putting on the meeting in Philadelphia later this month on October 23-25th.  As can be seen in the program brochure, the topics discussed are relevant to legal and business professionals involved in the construction community.  In addition to an assessment of diversity and inclusion, topics include how those issues relate to risk management, pay equity, immigration, DBE programs, negotiations/ADR, leadership, and rules of ethics.  The program will benefit any lawyer advising companies, any labor/employment lawyer, and any in-house counsel for construction, design, insurance.

I am attending this program to engage in this important discussion and to bring back the thoughts and ideas to my firm and local construction industry here in New England.  I plan to share some of the key takeaways from the meeting on the Solid Foundation blog.  The construction industry can and should be a leader in issues of diversity, inclusion, and civility.  I strongly commend the Forum on Construction Law and its Chair, Kristine Kubes, for having the foresight in scheduling a full national meeting on this topic.

At the program, leaders from the ABA, ACEC, AGC, and AIA will forecast cultural and demographic shifts and explore the challenges posed by the lack of diversity in the industry and compare the progress made by legal, construction, and design professionals. Nationally-renowned speakers and authors, Kathleen Nalty and Lauren Stiller Rikleen, will address the impact of inclusion and multi-generational leadership in the workforce.  The program will close by exploring Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 and its call for professionalism in the practice of law.

Please consider joining this discussion with us in Philadelphia.  Registration is still open for this program.  To register, click HERE.