On Tuesday, 9 September 2008, Bob Dwyer and five of his colleagues on the IEEE Client Service Team at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP conducted a two-hour Contract Law and Administration Tutorial (Adobe recording).
The purpose of the contracts tutorial (PDF, 1.27 MB) was to ensure that those staff who initiate contracts within the IEEE understand the basics of contract formation and administration, the risks that might be presented for IEEE, and best practices to be followed. IEEE staff and volunteers enter into contracts which bind the IEEE more frequently than they may realize.
Any time the IEEE agrees to take some action or make a payment in exchange for something of value, a legally binding contract may be created. In addition to bills of sale, invoices and purchase orders, employment agreements, hotel contracts and other documents commonly understood to be "contracts", emails and correspondence might also create legally enforceable contracts. The intention of this session was to help staff understand the basics of contract law and contract management. Areas of interest covered include hotel, IP licensing, software and software maintenance, employment, independent contractor, international contracts, and other contracts and agreements frequently entered into by the IEEE.
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