Welcome, Construction Law Section Members!

Caroline, a white woman with blond hair, wears a bright pink blouse, a black jacket and a pearl necklace. By Caroline Trautman

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Caroline Trautman, Chair of the NCBA Construction Law Section for the 2024-2025 bar year. As a fan of new years, fresh starts and all the fun things that come with them (school supplies, anyone?) I’m excited for what’s in store for our section this year.

Thanks to the hard work of our Deskbook and CLE committees, we expect to release the 9th Edition of the Construction Law Deskbook, and on September 20-21, we’ll meet in beautiful downtown Asheville for a Fall Construction CLE titled “The Art and Science of Dispute Resolution: Winning Your Construction Case.” This program will be administered jointly with the South Carolina Bar and include CLE credit for both North Carolina and South Carolina. Plans for a winter program in Cary are underway. Additionally, our Pro Bono committee is working to connect our section with non-profit associations doing capital improvement projects, giving our attorney members a unique opportunity to give back to the community by assisting the non-profits with legal needs. Our many other committees are also working to keep our section connected to organizations like the AIA, ABA Forum on Construction Law, CAGC, UMCNC, YLD, Paralegal Division, and many more. Last but not least, we’re hoping that our recent trend of more in-person socials and other gatherings will continue, ideally in multiple regions of the state.

If you or your colleagues would like to be more involved in the Construction Law Section, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or to Section Vice Chair David Senter, Secretary Nancy Litwak or Treasurer Lindsey Powell. We’d love to hear from you! Our committee work is a great way to serve your community, develop professionally and connect with other attorneys. We are also glad to help however we can with questions, concerns or ideas about how we can make this year an excellent one.

Have a great summer, and I hope to see you this fall in Asheville.