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Richard Smith Presents on ABA Professors' Corner: The Gap Between Construction Law Practice and Scholarship

Richard F. Smith will be presenting on an American Bar Association (ABA) webinar entitled, "Professors' Corner: The Gap Between Construction Law Practice and Scholarship" on April 14, 2020. The Professor's Corner Webinar is sponsored by the Joint Legal Education and Uniform Laws Group of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. 

Professors' Corner is a monthly webinar which features a panel of law professors, discussing recent cases or issues of interest to real estate or trust and estate practitioners and scholars. 

Professors' Corner: The Gap Between Construction Law Practice and Scholarship


  • Professor Carl J. Circo, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Professor Harper Heckman, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Professor Richard Smith, Smith Pachter McWhorter, PLC, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Andrea Boyack, Washburn University School of Law

Construction law is a significant, complex, and important part of real estate practice, and yet the area remains under-theorized and often overlooked by legal academics. There is a tendency among legal scholars to associate construction law primarily with litigation and dispute resolution, but the construction industry provides some of the most interesting and challenging projects that real estate and finance lawyers handle on a regular basis. The panelists will explore and analyze the gap between the very substantial construction bar and the meager attention the industry receives in the law schools and legal journals and will identify and discuss the most salient transactional issues faced by construction lawyers today.

The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for for this program or any Professors’ Corner programs.

This content is for Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section members only.