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The Development of Modern Government Contract Law: A Personal Perspective

The Development of Modern Government Contract Law: A Personal Perspective

The Development of Modern Government Contract Law: A Personal Perspective

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By C. Stanley Dees
Publish Date
10/27/2016
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Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
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This unique resource identifies and analyzes fourteen major legal issues in government contract law and highlights three important legislative changes that have occurred over the past 50 years and altered the practice of law.

Authored by C. Stanley Dees, who was directly involved in many of the landmark cases examined here, this one-of-a-kind resource delivers a level of insight and historical perspective no other reference can match. 

Only The Development of Modern Government Contract Law: A Personal Perspective describes the evolution of government contract law and practice, thoroughly examining each of the subject areas and delivering unmatched insight and analysis. No book today provides the personal perspective of a practitioner who tried or argued key cases in many of these important areas.

With The Development of Modern Government Contract Law, you’ll gain:

  • Important insight to case law controlling fourteen separate major legal issues in government contract law
  • Thorough analysis of the three important legislative changes that occurred over the past half-century which altered the way attorneys practice
  • Direct insights into approaches to managing apparently contradictory precedents

As government contract law becomes increasingly complex, every legal professional must understand the elemental issues that structure the law. The past half century has formed the foundation period of modern government contract law, and C. Stanley Dees has been directly involved every step of the way. Quite simply, it would be difficult to develop true expertise in this practice area without taking advantage of the insights and analysis provided in this unique work on government contract law.

Extensively researched, thoroughly footnoted, and with a full Table of Cases, The Development of Modern Government Contract Law: A Personal Perspective covers:

  • Early Government Contract Law
  • Incorporating Clauses by Operation of Law: The G.L. Christian Case
  • Constructive Acceleration: The Electronic & Missile Facilities, Inc. Case
  • Fact Versus Judgment: The E-Systems Case
  • Allocation of Necessary Costs to Overhead: The General Dynamics Case
  • Cardinal Changes—Breach to Bid Protest: AT&T Communications v. Wiltel
  • Illegal Contracts: Before and After the AT&T Case
  • Recovery of Unabsorbed Overhead: The Eichleay Formula, Used and Abused
  • Structural Reform: Legislative Changes 1978–84
  • Loss of the Shuttle Challenger: The Changing Practice of Law
  • GSA Procurement of Telecommunications and the “Mother” of All Bid Protests
  • Fixed-Price Procurements for Development of Major Systems: Lockheed, Litton, General Dynamics, et al.
  • Recovery of Interest: A History of Inequity and Error
  • The Administrative Procedure Act: Jurisdiction in Contract Cases
  • The Federal Circuit: Changing Direction? [Five areas where the court has reversed precedents]

The Development of Modern Government Contract Law: A Personal Perspective is a foundational, must-have resource for every legal professional practicing in the government contracts arena, delivering invaluable insights and perspective that will directly inform the reader how to manage specific legal issues. 

 

ISBN: 9781454886266
SKU: 10040886-0001
  • CHAPTER 1. Early Government Contract Law
  • CHAPTER 2. Incorporating Clauses by Operation of Law: The G.L. Christian Case
  • CHAPTER 3. Constructive Acceleration: The Electronic & Missile Facilities, Inc. Case
  • CHAPTER 4. Fact Versus Judgment: The E-Systems Case
  • CHAPTER 5. Allocation of Necessary Costs To Overhead: The General Dynamics Case
  • CHAPTER 6. Cardinal Changes—Breach to Bid Protest AT&T Communications v. Wiltel
  • CHAPTER 7. Illegal Contracts: Before and After the AT&T Case
  • CHAPTER 8. Recovery of Unabsorbed Overhead: The Eichleay Formula, Used and Abused
  • CHAPTER 9. Structural Reform: Legislative Changes 1978–84
  • CHAPTER 10. Loss of the Shuttle Challenger: The Changing Practice of Law
  • CHAPTER 11. GSA Procurement of Telecommunications and the “Mother” of All Bid Protests
  • CHAPTER 12. Fixed-Price Procurements for Development of Major Systems: Lockheed, Litton, General Dynamics, et al
  • CHAPTER 13. Recovery of Interest: A History of Inequity and Error
  • CHAPTER 14. The Administrative Procedure Act: Jurisdiction in Contract Cases
  • CHAPTER 15. The Federal Circuit: Changing Direction?
  • Table of Cases
  • Subject Index

Contributor(s)

C. Stanley Dees practiced in the field of government contract law for 50 years, beginning in 1963. During that time he twice served as chair of his firm’s Government Contracts Department as the firm’s name changed from Sellers, Conner & Cuneo, to McKenna, Conner & Cuneo, then McKenna & Cuneo and finally McKenna Long & Aldridge.

Mr. Dees counseled and litigated in many areas including: contract formation and bid protests; claims under research and development, supply, construction and shipbuilding contracts; terminations; debarment and suspension proceedings; procurement fraud investigations and qui tam cases; contractor self-governance and compliance programs; defective pricing; cost recovery; and equitable adjustments and damages. His practice covered both disputes between contractors and the government and disputes between contractors.
In addition to representing clients, Mr. Dees has lectured on educational programs and written more than two dozen articles. He has been active in bar association activities serving as Chair of the Section of Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association in 1987-88, and before that as chair of the District of Columbia Bar Government Contract and Litigation Division. In the 1990s, he was a lecturer teaching government contract law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is an honorary faculty member of the U. S. Army JAG School. In 1978-80, he served as President of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Dees is a graduate of Princeton University where he received honors in the Special Program in European Civilization (European history and French literature). He received his LL.B. from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review and received the Order of the Coif.

After five decades of trying cases, arguing appeals and counseling clients, Mr. Dees now acts as a mediator, including service on the Mediation Panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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