November 15, 2017 Meeting: Panel on the “Duty to Defend” Contract Language & QBS Update from Jennifer Teasdale

Kathy Wickam, Vice President

Our November 15th ACEC-CA Sierra Chapter meeting will feature a short presentation by Jennifer Teasdale, ACEC-CA Policy Outreach Coordinator on QBS, the procurement method that federal, state, and local agencies are required to utilize in their selection of engineers, land surveyors, and other design professionals.  Jennifer is spearheading a campaign to equip ACEC California’s members with an understanding of QBS law and educate local agencies about QBS statute and benefits.

Jennifer will be followed by a panel discuss on the recent Senate Bill 496 and the “Duty to Defend” language in Professional Services Contracts. The panel will include Rick Liptak, Dokken Engineering, Jerry Way, former City of Sacramento Public Works Director, and Steven Rudolph, City Attorney for the City of Rocklin.  Each panel member will give their perspective on the issues with the current language in contracts, followed by Q/A.

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