Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
A Primer on Engineering Ethics and A. Potter
Professional Engineering Practice
Introduction to engineering ethics
Promoting health and welfare
• Conflicting duties
• Identifying and balancing economic pressures in design and construction
• Integrating new technologies and dealing with ethical obligations with incorporating
• Managing ethical obligations in design and construction phase services
• Identifying and balancing the benefits and risks
Contract Law Primer for Engineers K. Corbett, K. Pettit
Reviewing the necessary elements of any contract
Understanding contract “legalese”
Key contract provisions
• Insurance and indemnification
Making changes and documenting changes to contracts
Professional Liability Law F. Miller, Jr.
Reviewing the grounds for professional liability claims
Identifying who can bring a claim
Examining common sources of professional liability claims
Reviewing defenses to liability claims
Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
Obtaining insurance coverage for professional liability claims
Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers: G. Grissett
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
Securing ownership of your designs through patents, trademarks,
copyrights, and trade secrets
Leveraging your intellectual capital through licenses, franchises,
and other technology agreements
Policing intellectual property rights and preventing infringement
Resolving intellectual property disputes
Federal Procurement of Design and Construction E. DeLisle
Reviewing Brooks Act
Who Should Attend
This seminar provides 7.0 PDHs, including
2.0 ethics hours, to professional engineers.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and provides 7.0 PDHs, including 2.0 ethics hours, to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Pennsylvania.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota.
HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2)).
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 within fifteen business days.
Karin Corbett is a business attorney and litigator who effectively prevents, resolves and litigates legal disputes for businesses and individuals alike in a variety of industries; but her focus is primarily in the construction and real estate and equine industries. As a construction and real estate attorney, Ms. Corbett negotiates contracts, analyzes and advises clients on all types of business matters and litigates contract claims. She also handles regulatory matters involving licensing issues, OSHA inspections and violations, fair housing claims and more. Ms. Corbett is also actively involved in various trade associations including the Metal Building Contractor and Erectors Association and the Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter.
Edward DeLisle concentrates his practice in the areas of federal contracting, construction law, construction litigation and small business procurement and litigation. He has drafted and negotiated construction contracts, teaming agreements and joint venture agreements for subcontractors, contractors, developers and owners. He has litigated, arbitrated and mediated complex construction and procurement cases in various jurisdictions and forums throughout the area. Mr. DeLisle has assisted clients in obtaining certification as small and small disadvantaged businesses at the municipal, state and federal level. He has participated in bid protests involving service-disabled, veteran-owned, HUBZone and 8(a) set-aside contracts and regularly assists with responding to best-value procurements at the state and federal level. He also assists companies, both foreign and domestic, in international disputes involving the United States Government.
Gregory Grissett helps businesses navigate complex intellectual property issues related to product development, marketing and capital investment, with experience spanning the apparel, textile, sporting goods, medical device, oil and gas, automotive, furniture, and consumer products industries. He has a rare combination of experience in the international and business aspects of intellectual property (IP). Mr. Grissett’s international perspective and practical experience help companies proactively manage IP development and enforcement issues unique to complex business operations.
Franklin Miller, Jr.
Franklin Miller, Jr., of Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law focuses his practice on the defense and representation of professionals in the design and construction industry. Mr. Miller has been involved in a wide variety of cases, including the defense of architects against serious personal injury/wrongful death claims arising from construction projects, the defense of design professionals from suits brought by property owners alleging design and construction defects and the defense of engineers related to their designs and calculations for integrated building systems such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression. Mr. Miller graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2005 with a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a minor in Biology. Mr. Miller attended the Villanova University School of Law, where he received his J.D. degree in 2008. After law school, Mr. Miller was the law clerk to the Honorable Bernard A. Moore, of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Over that time he assisted in both civil and criminal trials and appeals. Mr. Miller practiced for over four years in a Philadelphia-based defense litigation firm. In that time he represented clients in a broad assortment of tort and contract disputes, both in court and in arbitration hearings. Mr. Miller is licensed to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Kathryn E. Pettit
Kathryn E. Pettit is an associate who focuses her practice on construction law. Before becoming an attorney, she received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, and she brings her technical background and perspective to the representation of her clients. Ms. Pettit has counseled and represented owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in all phases of construction projects. She has litigated numerous construction claims, from the owner, contractor, and design professional’s perspectives, in state and federal court, as well as arbitrations. Ms. Pettit also has extensive experience representing homeowners in suits against the builders of their properties due to building envelope defects, including stucco defects.
Anthony Potter focuses his practice on representation of design professionals in all phases of the construction process including contracting, risk allocation, pre-claim resolution, mediation, arbitration, and construction litigation. He provides counsel and representation to architects, engineers, and others on administrative law questions including professional licensing matters. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Civil Engineering and Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology Programs at Penn State Harrisburg. Mr. Potter is frequently called upon to provide seminars for design professionals and architectural and engineering students on loss prevention, standard form construction contract documents, construction litigation, professional licensing and professional ethics. He has represented clients before administrative agencies, the Commonwealth Court, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Previously, Mr. Potter was assistant general counsel to Governor Tom Ridge.