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Presenter: Dorsey Carson and 6 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Jackson, MS

Jackson Downtown Convention Center Hotel
200 East Amite Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-969-5100

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm

Participating in the Bidding Process 
C. Meyer

   Understanding competitive bidding requirements
   Reviewing bid package
   Prequalification of bidders, bid bonding
   Submitting bids
   Handling errors and changes

Facilitating the Project with 
Effective Construction Contracting 
D. Carson, L. Roberts

   Understanding the legal rights/duties of project participants: owners, 
      contractors, design services firms, subcontractors and suppliers
   Understanding your project delivery system: design-bid-build, design-build, 
      construction manager, construction manager-at-risk
   Using standard or custom contract documents: AIA, ConsensusDocs, others
   Understanding key contract concepts and terms: performance, breach, 
      warranties, guarantees, indemnity, damages
   Modifying contracts and selecting dispute resolution mechanisms

Making Changes and Resolving Dispute
During the Construction Process
C. Thurman

   Making changes to the contract and contracted work
      • Types of changes: ordered and constructive changes
      • The contract change clause
      • Requirements for making changes
      • Liability issues
   Solving problems during the construction process
      • Site conditions 
      • Delays 
      • Disruption
      • Acceleration 
      • Accidents

Ensuring Environmental Compliance
During the Construction Process 
K. Turner A. Orlansky

   Stormwater management
   Erosion and sedimentation control
   Water quality preservation
   Air quality preservation

Understanding the Law of Sustainable Construction 
J. Stover

   General scope of duty
   Public buildings
   Contractual duties under AIA contract documents
   Duties on LEED projects

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     7.0 HSW CEHs

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in Mississippi. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Mississippi.

This seminar offers construction contractors a non-credit continuing education opportunity. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing board for continuing education purposes.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants.


Dorsey Carson

Founding Partner of The Carson Law Group

Mr. Carson is the owner of Carson Law Group, listed as one of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” He has over 22 years of experience working on behalf of numerous governmental entities, public and private owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, sureties, architects and engineers. Mr. Carson’s practice focuses on government contracts, construction law, government relations, commercial litigation, and economic development.

Chris Meyer

Partner at Burr Forman

Mr. Meyer specializes in construction law, real estate, financial services, and more at the Burr Forman office in Jackson. He represents construction owners, general contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers. Mr. Meyer has represented both private companies and the government during construction litigation, and is recognized by the Mississippi Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Abram Orlansky

Associate Attorney at Watkins & Eager

Mr. Orlansky specializes in environmental law with Watkins & Eager. Prior to joining the firm, he served as law clerk to The Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Orlansky’s areas of practice are environmental law, medical malpractice and health law, commercial litigation and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. While in law school, he was a board member for the Harvard Mississippi Delta Project and the Southern Legal Society.

Lindsay Roberts

Attorney at The Carson Law Group

Ms. Roberts is a litigation attorney at the Carson Law Group in Jackson, specializing in construction law. Her expertise includes contract interpretation, commercial litigation, and other general litigation matters. Ms. Roberts represents construction clients of all varieties, including residential and commercial clients, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and various other entities. She is a member of the National Order of Barristers and serves as a Moot Court Coach at Mississippi College School of Law.

Josh Stover

Associate Attorney at Burr Forman

Mr. Stover is a member of Burr Forman’s Construction and Project Development practice group in Jackson. He focuses his practice on construction and corporate development. Mr. Stover has extensive litigation experience, including design defects, delay claims, differing site conditions, homeowner claims, bid protests, and professional malpractice. In addition, he negotiates contracts on behalf of design professionals, contractors, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and more. Mr. Stover has been published in the Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law.

Carson Thurman

Director at Maron Marvel

Mr. Thurman is a litigator and transactional attorney with Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy. He represents numerous clients in product liability, premises liability, personal injury, construction contract formation and project representation (all phases), construction defect litigation, and toxic tort matters. Mr. Thurman also represents oil and gas companies in litigation and before administrative agencies, and he assists local/regional companies in various industries with commercial transactions. He has defended many architects and engineers over this career in litigation and has worked with them as an expert witness.

Keith Turner

Member Attorney at Watkins & Eager

Mr. Turner specializes in environmental law with Watkins & Eager. Prior to practicing law, he was an environmental consultant with over ten years’ experience on water, air, hazardous waste, and groundwater remediation matters. Mr. Turner’s practice also includes energy, real estate, and economic development. He has represented clients before the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the US EPA, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Turner has lectured on environmental issues in real estate and on brownfields, and he also serves as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Construction Law

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation examines the bidding process, effective construction contracting, making changes and resolving disputes during the construction process, environmental compliance during construction, and legal issues with sustainable construction.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able identify how the construction contract identifies the rights and duties of all construction project participants, and learners will be able to identify the ways in which project quality and timeliness can be positively and adversely affected by contractual relationships between parties. Knowledge of the legal ramifications of construction contracts promotes a cooperative and collegial working environment between design professionals, contractors, trades and owners. This cooperative, collegial environment delivers a positive experience to owners and occupants who are free to concentrate on their own businesses and take possession of quality construction in a timeframe that meets their expectations.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to ensure environmental compliance during construction, including compliance with stormwater regulations and air quality regulations.

Learning Objective 3:
So many construction projects run into problems caused by last-minute changes, differing site conditions or delays. These problems can threaten completion of the project, and can cause occupants to be unable to take possession of new construction on time. Learners will be able to solve problems during the construction process that may threaten to delay or halt construction progress. Learners will be able to navigate difficult site conditions, resulting in the construction projects that deliver high quality in a timely fashion, enabling occupants to take possession of buildings that contain all requested and required features on or before target completion dates.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with requirements for sustainable construction, including sustainable construction duties under AIA contract documents and duties on LEED projects, ensuring that projects with sustainable design features are actually constructed in a manner that preserves the sustainable attributes, including sustainable materials and sustainable construction techniques.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LUs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with contracting and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/18/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.