National and International Experts to Discuss Construction Law in The Legal Academy

National and International Experts to Discuss Construction Law in The Legal Academy

School of Law

Join us for the 2022 Arkansas Law Review Symposium March 12.

The Arkansas Law Review, along with U of A School of Law and College of Engineering, presents Construction Law In The Legal Academy.

The annual Arkansas Law Review symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 12, in the law school’s E.J. Ball Courtroom.

Register today.

The symposium will engage 17 nationally and internationally recognized scholars, lawyers and construction industry professionals in such industry topics as climate change and sustainable development in the built environment; emerging technologies, collaborative structures, innovative risk management devices and alternative dispute resolution processes for addressing legal issues; construction lien law; a comparative analysis of selected principles governing the construction industry’s complex, interdependent relationships in the U.S. and in other common law countries; and the influence of economic analysis, relational contract, neoformalism and other competing contract theories on the development of the law and the construction industry.

This symposium will offer a unique opportunity for the U of A School of Law to provide national leadership to advance construction law scholarship.

Symposium attendance is worth up to 6.5 hours of continuing legal education credit, and the public is invited to attend. Admission is free, but registration is requested.

Register here to reserve your seat.


March 12, 2022

  • 8:00-8:15 a.m. — Check-In

  • 8:15-8:30 a.m. — Welcome/Opening Remarks

    Speakers: Interim Dean Allen, Taylor Spillers, Professor Carl Circo, Justin Gunderman

  • 8:30-10 a.m. — Design Liability: Professional Responsibility, Safety and Social Justice

    Panel: Marc Schneier, Shelby Green, John Folan, Mike Johnson

  • 10:00-10:10 a.m. — Break

  • 10:10-11:40 a.m. — Critical Contract Provisions and Current Issues

    Panel: Brian Perlberg, Ashlea Brown, Micah Hale, Mike Johnson, Dale Whitman, J.B. Cross

  • 11:40-11:50 a.m. — Break

  • 11:50 a.m.-1:10 p.m. — Lunch

    Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees; alternatively, those interested are invited to register for the Arkansas Law Review Academy Luncheon, which is a separately ticketed event.

  • 1:10-2:10 p.m. — Keynote: “‘Construction Law’: Its Historical Origins and 20th Century Emergence as a Major Field of Modern American and International Legal Practice”

    Keynote Speaker: Phil Bruner

  • 2:10-3:10 p.m. — Keynote: “The English Route to Modern Construction Law”

    Keynote Speaker: Sir Vivian Ramsey

  • 3:10-3:20 p.m. — Break

  • 3:20-4:50 p.m. — Teaching Construction Law: Topics & Techniques

    Panel: Andrea Boyack, Carl Circo, Harper Heckman, Richard Smith, Arlan Lewis, David Grace

  • 4:50-5 p.m. — Closing Remarks/Adjournment

About the Arkansas Law Review: The Arkansas Law Review publishes relevant scholarship on notable domestic and international issues to elicit informed discussions and provide intellectual and practical assistance to members of the legal community. The quarterly publication disseminates scholarly and authoritative articles on significant legal issues. Its Editorial Board serves the Arkansas legal community and beyond by publishing scholarship of state, national and international importance.

About the School of Law: The law school offers a competitive J.D. as well as an advanced LL.M. program, which are taught by nationally recognized faculty. The school offers unique opportunities for students to participate in pro bono work, externships, live client clinics, competitions, and food and agriculture initiatives. The school strives to identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity, and the impact(s) they have on students, faculty, and staff members in an effort to achieve a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community. From admitting the Six Pioneers who were the first African American students to attend law school in the South without a court order to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors, and faculty who went on to become President of the United States and Secretary of State, the law school has a rich history and culture. Follows us at @uarklaw.