CLE and Virginia Tech Football: A Winning Game Plan for Contracting with the Federal Government

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Thursday, October 20 / Blacksburg
Registration: 3:00 p.m.
Program: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Game Begins: 7:30 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Live Telephone Option


Why Attend?

Join us for a fast-paced discussion about:

  • Contracting with the federal government generally
  • How government contracting affects a contractor’s required accounting
  • Legal requirements and compliance obligations of being a government contractor
  • How to protect your client’s intellectual property rights while contracting with the government

After the seminar, enjoy a pre-game tailgate and watch the Hokies battle the Hurricanes!

In cooperation with the Department of Finance, Insurance and Business Law at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business

Join us at Virginia Tech for 2 hours of live-interactive CLE on contracting with the federal government, followed by the nationally televised Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Miami Hurricanes football game at Lane Stadium that evening—complete with pre-game tailgate! Guest tickets available. A room block at the Quality Inn Salem is being held for seminar registrants until September 20.

Limited seating. Register today!

Each year, hundreds of billions of contract dollars are awarded to companies for a broad range of services and products. For those new to the government contracting business, there are many statutes and regulations that will impact their day-to-day business operations. This course will discuss the most commonly applicable statutes and regulations and identify potential pitfalls for a client seeking to do business with the government.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How to read a government contract and understand flowdowns
  • DCAA, DCMA, and accounting requirements
  • AAP, EEO, VETS, and other fun employment policies (and acronyms)
  • What do you mean the government has rights in my IP?
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3:00 p.m. Registration
3:30 p.m. A Winning Game Plan for Contracting with the Federal Government
5:15 p.m. Question and Answer Session
5:30 p.m. Adjourn and tailgate
7:30 p.m. Kickoff of Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Miami Hurricanes



Christy Cochrane,
Federal Contracts Program Coordinator, Virginia Tech / Blacksburg

Christy Cochrane joined Virginia Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs in September 2013 and serves as the Federal Contracts Program Coordinator. In this role, she provides support within OSP by analyzing solicitation provisions and contract clauses within the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and various other agency acquisition supplements to ensure compliance with those requirements applicable to public educational institutions. In addition, she concurrently negotiates a full portfolio of complex, high-visibility federal contracts. Prior to assuming this position, she served within the contracting field for the U.S. Department of the Navy for seven years. During this time she gained extensive experience in executing cradle-to-grave federal contract management, including conducting market research, drafting solicitations, analyzing offers and proposals, leading complex contract negotiations, analyzing final proposal revisions, documenting award determinations, briefing award recommendations to senior leadership, and administering awarded contracts. Ms. Cochrane holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Radford University. She also completed the United States Navy Business Resources Management Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.

James K. Cowan, Jr., CowanPerry PC / Blacksburg

Jim Cowan is the Chairman of CowanPerry PC. His practice focuses on representing management in the full spectrum of labor and employment-related issues confronted by employers in today’s workplace, including government contractors.  He has experience developing and maintaining affirmative action plans for government contractors, representing clients in government audits, and implementing diversity plans and EEO/VETS compliance and reporting programs. Mr. Cowan represents a number of employers, business owners and developers in the region, ranging from high-tech start-ups to large manufacturers, and from local property owners to national developers.

Amy P. Wheeler, CowanPerry PC / Blacksburg

Amy Wheeler focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and business law. She advises closely held businesses, including emerging growth and established companies, in all types of transactions, and provides outside general counsel services to numerous clients. As part of her general counsel practice, she is involved in strategic decision making, formulating intellectual property strategies, and providing advice and handling compliance, contracting, and day-to-day legal issues for clients. Ms. Wheeler was previously in-house counsel for a government contractor and currently represents several government contractors in a wide array of contexts, including providing contracting guidance and advice with respect to compliance obligations, intellectual property issues, and export control regulations.

Locations, Dates and Fees


$235 regular registration (includes the seminar, printed materials, parking, pregame tailgate meal, and game ticket).
$175 special registration - seminar and tailgate only - no game ticket (includes the seminar, printed materials, and pregame tailgate meal).

Seminar attendees can purchase additional game and tailgate tickets for $90 each. To purchase additional tickets, please e-mail Rich at A limited quantity of tickets is available, so do not delay.

Please note that Lane Stadium is approximately a 20-minute walk from the seminar location at the Inn at Virginia Tech. For those who require transportation, The Inn at Virginia Tech provides a complimentary shuttle service to a stop within a five-minute walk of Lane Stadium on game days.The shuttle is available until the end of the 3rd quarter for transport back to The Inn by calling the front desk at 540-231-8000. After the start of the 4th quarter, attendees can use the Blacksburg Transit bus service by taking the Hethwood/P2 bus located on Washington Street near Cassell Coliseum and requesting the operator stop near The Inn.


Blacksburg / Thursday, October 20
The Inn at Virginia Tech (Venue Website / Google Map / Map of Campus - venue circled in blue)
901 Prices Fork Road
(540) 231-8000

Room Block for Seminar Registrants

We have a room block available at:

Quality Inn Salem
151 Wildwood Road
Salem, VA 24153
(540) 387-1600

Please ask for Stacie and say that you are with the Virginia CLE group. The room block will be available until September 20, 2016.

A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Cancellations for the seminar paired with the football game will be charged $90 for the cost of the game ticket and meal. Upon your request, we will attempt to find a replacement ticket purchaser. If we find a replacement ticket purchaser, we will refund you the $90 cancellation fee.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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