Government Contracting Summit

April 26, 2017
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Washington, District of Columbia
08:30 PAM - 5:00 PM EST

Horizon Series - Live Event


8:30 – 9:00

Registration - Master of Ceremony: Robert K.Huffman

9:00 – 9:10

Opening Remarks – Chief Judge Sharon Prost, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

9:10 – 10:10

Bid Protests and Solicitation Ambiguities 

A discussion of how different tribunals analyze patent and latent ambiguities in solicitations, the practical implications for government and industry practitioners, and the impacts of the Federal Circuit’s Per Aarsleff decision. 


Moderator: Tracye Howard, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP                 



Chief Judge Susan G. Braden, United States Court of Federal Claims

Cherie J. Owen,Government Contracts Practice, Jones Day 

Jade C. Totman,Senior Counsel, The Boeing Company 

William Rayel, Senior Trial Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice


10:10 – 10:20


10:20 – 11:20

Money Mandating Claims

Just what Is a Tucker Act Contract? How you know when you've got one, whether it is subject to the Contract Disputes Act, and whether it must be money mandating to have your case heard.


Moderator:  Steven J. Gillingham, Assistant Director, U.S. Department of Justice



Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

James Boland, Partner, Venable LLC

Jeff Regner, Senior Trial Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice


11:20 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:30

Ethics, Integrity and Twitter: Navigating Unique Issues in the Trump Administration

Following the 2016 election, government contractors have encountered a variety of unique issues that will likely impact their federal business portfolios. This panel will discuss the ethical, integrity and communication issues government contractors face with this new administration. It will also address the policy implications of these issues and offer practical guidance for contractors navigating this new landscape.


Moderator:  Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean for Field Placement and

                                                                 Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University School of Law



Richard A. Beutel, Principal, Cyrrus Analytics LLC

Susan Ebner, Shareholder, Fortney & Scott, LLC

Robert Walker, Attorney, Wiley Rein LLP

Kathleen Clark, Law Professor, Washington University in St. Louis 


12:30 – 1:30


1:30 - 2:30

Alternative Dispute Resolutions: The View from the ADR Bench

The variety of ADR options at agency, board, court, and GAO.  The speakers will describe their court/agency’s ADR processes and how he or she, as a neutral, approaches ADR along the facilitative-evaluative spectrum – either directly or in ADR design -- including a discussion of the effectiveness of the “forceful mediator.”


Moderator:  Joanna Jacobs, Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Dispute Resolution



Judge Marian Blank Horn,  U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Noah Bleicher, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Administrative Judge John Dietrich, Dispute Resolution Officer, Federal Aviation Administration

Harold Himmelman, Attorney Mediator, Beveridge & Diamond


2:30 - 3:30

Federal Circuit Roundtable


Amalie Weber, Director, NetApp 


Circuit Judge Alvin A. Schall, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 

Circuit Judge Timothy B. Dyk, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 

Circuit Judge Todd M. Hughes, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 


Reception at the historic Dolley Madison House


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