The Forum’s new Mission Statement, adopted in 2012, emphasizes the Forum’s core focus on the education and professional development of Construction lawyers. Indeed, this has been the heart of the Forum’s mission since its founding in 1976. But this is not meant to signal a narrowing of the Forum’s traditionally broad efforts at improving Construction law and practice, and at enhancing the careers of Construction lawyers generally.
While the phrase “serving the construction industry” as seen in prior Mission Statements no longer appears, the Forum continues to demonstrate to the broader Construction industry the positive role that Construction lawyers can and do play. Enhancing industry perceptions of the lawyer’s contribution is a significant means of promoting greater opportunities and more fulfilling careers for Construction lawyers. The Forum’s Mission also remains closely tied to the three pillars of the Forum’s activities, encapsulated in the motto “Programs, Publications, People.”
Who We Are
The Forum on Construction Law is the largest organization of Construction lawyers in the United States, and indeed in the world. The Forum’s roughly 6,000 Members and Associates are drawn from all types of Construction practice – law firms large and small, solo practitioners, in-house and government counsel, as well as construction professionals and the public sector. Forum members represent all segments of the Construction industry: owners, developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, construction managers, lenders, insurers and sureties.
Consistent with the ABA’s original concept of an industry-focused forum, the Forum is a place where all viewpoints on the concerns of the Construction industry are welcomed, regularly aired, and considered. Much of the Forum’s work is accomplished through its fourteen Divisions, each focused on a different aspect or element of Construction practice. The leadership and administration of the Forum’s activities vest in the Forum’s Governing Committee, comprised of twelve Forum members, each serving a three-year term, and three Officers: the Chair-Elect, Chair, and Immediate Past Chair. Four new Governing Committee members and the Chair-Elect are elected at the Forum’s Annual Meeting each year, in accordance with the Forum’s Bylaws.
As the Forum’s activities have expanded, the Governing Committee works increasingly through a number of standing committees, appointed by the Forum Chair and comprised of a mix of Governing Committee members, at-large Forum members, and (in several cases) liaisons from each of the Divisions and the Young Lawyers Division. The current standing committees include Diversity, Division Chairs, Division Selection, Finance, Marketing, Membership, Nominating, Publications, Special Programs and Education (SPEC), and Technology.
After an informal group took the initiative to organize a series of popular young lawyer events at Forum programs, the Governing Committee in 2009 authorized creation of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) to address the particular needs and interests of younger Construction lawyers and provide enhanced professional development and networking opportunities.