Spurred by recent US Supreme Court and appeals-court decisions, the controversy over affirmative action has shifted from university admissions to State and Federal contracting programs. A recent Federal lawsuit filed in Kentucky (Mid-America Milling Company v. USDOT) is seeking to "end the USDOT DBE program once and for all", and a request has been filed in the case to stop USDOT from implementing the DBE Program in its current format, while the case works its way through the courts.
Join IRTBA and Elias Gordan, a construction attorney and former IDOT Resident Engineer, with 40+ years of industry experience as we take a short look at the following.
The current state of USDOT's DBE program (and how it got there)
Recent legal challenges to the USDOT DBE Program, and other Federal and State contracting programs
What to expect in the Mid-America Milling case, as it slowly (but surely) works its way to the US Supreme Court.
The Gordan Law Office concentrates on preventing and resolving construction disputes in Illinois and northern Indiana (including litigation and trial practice, should either be required). Its Principal, Elias M. Gordan, is a former IDOT Resident Engineer who has spent his entire 40+ year career in the road /bridge construction industry, since graduating from Northwestern University in 1983, as the first in his family to graduate from college. During a 15-year career at IDOT, Attorney Gordan obtained MBA and law degrees during part-time study, while working full time on IDOT District 1 construction projects. His IDOT projects included concrete paving projects, asphalt paving projects, bridge rehabilitation projects, and bridge replacement projects, developing skills in construction layout, materials inspection, and road / bridge construction inspection (even walking a bridge beam three weeks before back-to-back Bar exams, in the pre-fall protection era). In 1998, Attorney Gordan started his law practice, resigning from IDOT in 1999, and never looking back. His client relationships span decades and generations in the past, while developing new relationships with the future participants in (and leaders of) the Chicago-area and Joliet-area construction industry.
Since 2010, Attorney Gordan has taught the CM 190 Construction Law course at Joliet Junior College, focusing on common legal issues facing construction company owners. (At least 10% of his 120+ CM 190 students will go on to start, run, own, or inherit construction companies, the largest doing over a quarter-billion dollars of business per year. One former student is a member of the Illinois Bar, with more [hopefully] to follow.) Attorney Gordan is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Indiana, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois. He is also actively involved with pre-law, law-student, and new-lawyer mentoring, through the Northwestern University Alumni Association, the UIC College of Law, and the Chicago Bar Association.