Welcome to Insight from Hindsight
This is the 24th quarterly issue of Insight from Hindsight — six years. Appropriately, many of the topics in this issue focus on some of the more obvious aspects of expertise in dispute resolution. We have collected a superb group of articles that address how the professionals, lawyers, and experts ply their trade in the most visible aspects of our work — the trial. Trial capabilities, whether it’s the quick mind and tongue of the lawyer (backed up by prodigious preparation), or the expert’s ability to explain extremely complicated issues under fire, are but two aspects of being a construction professional.
Another aspect of being a professional in our field is participation in our professional associations. But, are these associations mere vehicles for marketing, or are they, as I believe, an essential part of advancing our professional capabilities? For example, I belong to six major professional groups, including the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Bar Association (ABA), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), International Bar Association (IBA), and the Society of Construction Law-North America (SCL-NA), and have found that each has great capacity for improving our individual knowledge and capabilities, and some advantage for marketing.
The SCL-NA is the newest association for professionals like us. The Society of Construction Law (SCL), was founded in the U.K. in 1983, and it has been an active professional association world-wide ever since. It is dedicated to developing and spreading the best legal and construction management practices and has chapters in many common-law and commonwealth regions as well as many code-law countries. Navigant has long been a strong supporter of the SCL worldwide.
However, until this summer, SCL had no North American presence, although any of us who have practiced internationally have known of its existence and may be familiar with one of its most prominent publications, the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol (SCL-DDP). I think it is fortuitous that SCL-NA was founded this year, just as the SCL-DDP was published in a substantially revised (and improved) edition. The growth of international and cross-national disputes makes the worldwide perspective of SCL an important addition to our professional associations here in North America. I invite you to check out the SCL-NA website and to get involved with this and all your professional associations.
Navigant Construction Forum
Established in September 2010, the mission of the Navigant Construction Forum is to be the industry’s resource for thought leadership and best practices on avoidance and resolution of construction project disputes globally. Building on lessons learned in global construction dispute avoidance and resolution, the Navigant Construction Forum issues papers and reports, makes presentations, and offers seminars on the most critical issues related to the avoidance or mitigation of construction disputes and the resolution of such disputes.
Navigant Construction Forum