Section of Public Contract Law

The Section of Public Contract Law serves to provide balanced recommendations on procurement policy, provide a forum to engage with colleagues across all segments of the procurement industry, and gain insight into and develop unique perspectives of federal, state and local public contract law.

Upcoming Section Meeting

2021 Federal Procurement Institute (FPI) - Virtual

Wednesday, March 10 - Friday, March 12 | Council Meeting: Thursday, April 1

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PCL Member Spotlight

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Ruth Cooper Burg

PCL Member since 1967 | Judge (retired), Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), Miami Beach, FL

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Committe Meetings Calendar

Our section has a robust committee meetings calendar. Find a complete list of upcoming and previous meetings on our Committee Meetings Calendar (click right button). Individual committee meetings can be found in the Upcoming Committee Meetings section below.

Select Your Area of Interest

To receive highly curated, specific ABA public contract law information and events, select the Government: Public Contract Area of Interest in your My ABA account. Access step-by-step instructions (click button on right).

On-Demand CLE

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Call for Nominations

2021 National Award Opportunities from the ABA Government & Public Sector Lawyers Division | Nominations now being accepted through April 9 for Outstanding Public Defender or Legal Aid Lawyer; Outstanding Performance or Service by a Government or Public Sector Law Office; and Outstanding Service to the ABA

Chair's Message - Susan Warshaw Ebner

More Than the Sum of Its Parts

The ABA Section of Public Contract Law (PCL) is at the forefront of public contracting. It is the preeminent national association of lawyers and professionals from government, industry, and the private bar, who work together to contribute their significant expertise in this important area of law. Play the video found on the left.

PCL Connect

If you're already a member of one of our Public Contract Law Committees, you can visit our online PCL Connect by clicking the button on the right and log in.


Public Contract Law Journal

A focal point for the examination of timely legal issues confronting the judiciary, administrative tribunals, and the bar, the Public Contract Law Journal presents editorial coverage the mirrors the interest of its membership and seeks to solicit and present the multiplicity of views with in the Section.

Find Current Issue - Fall 2020 (50:1)

Why join the Section?

Stu Nibley & Amy Conant Hoang, K&L Gates, Washington, DC

Leaders of the Section of Public Contract Law share why they make it an integral part of their professional lives. To them the Section is a great resource which provides tremendous networking & educational opportunities (click photo of video on left to watch).

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Recent Comment Letters

Prior Comment Letters

An extensive library of comment letters written by various ABA Public Contract Law Section committees, approved by Section officers and council members, and submitted to the appropriate government agency by our chair can be found on our prior section comments page. Open to everyone, take advantage of this valuable, highly sought after resource.

About Public Contract Law

Our goal is simple yet ambitious: To be the most reliable, most respected nationwide source of balanced, unbiased positive recommendations for improving the law relating to procurement at all levels of government. Because of our unique position composed of lawyers and associates from government, corporations, and law firms, we have an extraordinary opportunity and duty to work for improvements to the procurement process.

Contact Us

Use this online form to contact the Section of Public Contract Law or call Patty Brennan at 312.988.5623.