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Diversity, equity and inclusion issues in public construction will be the focus of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association’s 11th annual public construction update on Oct. 20 in Sturbridge.
Recognizing the increasing demand on local governments and their legal counsel to address these issues across the spectrum of municipal operations, the goal of this year’s public construction update is to provide a close and timely examination of the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as they touch on public construction.
Panelists will speak on topics such as gender and minority workforce participation goals, minority business enterprise/woman business enterprise certification and goals, prevailing wages, and other related issues.
Municipal officials such as procurement officers, town managers and administrators, and other personnel are invited.
This year’s panelists are expected to include:
• Attorney Christopher Petrini, program chair and moderator, Petrini & Associates, Framingham
• Yvonne Spicer, mayor, city of Framingham
• Deborah Anderson, assistant attorney general, Construction Bid Unit
• Susan Moir, research director, PGTI: The Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues, and founder, Tradeswomen Building Bridges, the North American Network of Women Working in the Construction Trades
• Barbara Dillon DeSouza, assistant attorney general, Fair Labor Division
• Attorney Anatoly Darov, Darov & Associates, Boston
• Attorney Steven Torres, West Group Law, Boston
Registration is open to MMLA members and nonmembers. The cost of $55 includes a post-program dinner at the Publick House. For those not interested in the dinner, the cost is $20.
Grants are available to attorneys (MMLA members and nonmembers) who are new to the practice of municipal law and want to learn about the MMLA. To attend through the grant program, contact James Lampke at email@example.com.
Everyone attending the program will be required to wear a face covering while inside the venue (except while eating or drinking) regardless of vaccination status.
The Publick House Historic Inn is located at 277 Main St. in Sturbridge.