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Legal Foundations of Supply Management: The Basics You Need to Succeed

Legal issues play a significant role in the supply management profession. It’s essential as a supply management professional that you have a strong understanding of the legal concepts that impact your role and work. This course will provide you with a broad and necessary understanding of the legal concepts that impact our profession. It is a “must attend” course for today’s modern supply chain professional. From ethics to e-commerce, legal issues play a key role in the supply chain, and you need to have a strong grasp of these roles. This supply management education course will help professionals understand the laws that affect their work with suppliers and customers. It will examine various aspects of contract law, international contracts and electronic communications. Gain a solid understanding and legal foundation to better protect yourself and your organization.

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Early Bird Pricing Ends on Jun 12 2022


Jul 12-14, 2022

Add To Calendar 7/12/2022 7:00:00 AM 7/14/2022 3:00:00 PM ET Legal Foundations of Supply Management: The Basics You Need to Succeed Online


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HELEN M. POHLIG, J.D., has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Arizona, and Washington, D.C.; She currently lectures and writes on commercial law subjects and provides pro bono representation to a variety of non-profit organizations. She also works part-time doing legal document review.

Helen has extensive experience in government relations and regulation, previously specializing in telecommunications law. She started her legal career as in-house counsel at Republic Telcom Corporation in Bloomington, Minnesota, where she handled both regulatory affairs and general business matters including taxes, contracts, and vendor disputes. Subsequently she served as General Counsel for the Competitive Telecommunications Association and as Managing Director for the National Association of Information Services in Washington, D.C.; She later became a Corporate Vice President at the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), where she was responsible for NAPM's government relations program, international relations, and in-house legal work. For more than 20 years she has taught extensively for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM, formerly NAPM), ISM affiliates and private companies and organizations throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.

Ms. Pohlig graduated with honors from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, and earned her juris doctor degree with honors from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota.


What You Will Learn:

  • How to conduct business legally with suppliers and customers
  • Key laws that affect your role as a supply management professional
  • Your legal and ethical obligations and liabilities
  • Which transactions are governed by what laws
  • How to identify issues that require professional legal advice
  • How to form binding contracts
  • The legal impact of the use of electronic communications

Virtual Class Schedule:

Day 1 - 10:00 am ET - 3:00 pm ET / 7:00 am PT - 12:00 am PT (with two 15 minute breaks)
Day 2 - 10:00 am ET - 3:00 pm ET / 7:00 am PT - 12:00 pm PT (with two 15 minute breaks)
Day 3 - 10:00 am ET - 2:00 pm ET / 7:00 am PT - 11:00 am PT (with two 10 minute breaks)

Course Overview & Goals:

  1. Overview of the foundation of contract law
  2. Understand the Common Law and the UCC and U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
  3. Learn what are your duties and obligations as a representative acting on behalf of your organization
  4. Understand that the law of agency is the underlying legal authority for supply managers to do their jobs
  5. Cover the exchange of standard purchase and sales order forms and battle of forms
  6. Delve into long-term contracts and international contracts
  7. Review contract enforcement considerations, including various situations that arise during the contract formation process that impact the enforceability of contracts
  8. Discuss the use of electronic communication in the contracting process and the legal implications associated with it
  9. Understand contract performance: Once a valid contract has been formed, what are the obligations of the parties in that relationship?
  10. Review warranties and product liability, including protecting your organization against product liability lawsuits
  11. Understand remedies – contracts would mean little if there were no consequences when a breach occurs
  12. Gain an overview of other key laws affecting supply management that you should be aware of, including intellectual property, antitrust and various other federal laws

Who Should Attend:

This course is ideal for new and experienced supply management professionals seeking to gain a broad understanding of legal concepts affecting purchasing, especially contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Completion of this course prepares you for more in-depth ISM supply management trainings, including: Contract Writing Basics: What All the Ts and Cs Mean; Contract Writing for Purchasing and Supply Management: Beyond the Basics; and Legal Considerations of Software Licensing and Other Technology-Related Agreements.

Terms And Conditions

Virtual Learning Transferals: Registrations are transferable without any charge to another ISM Virtual Learning Course occurring within 12 months of the original purchase. Transferring registrations to another party are subject to price variance or change based on membership status and an additional $50 fee will be incurred.

Cancellations Virtual Learning: Cancellations more than 5 weeks before the date of the course will incur an administrative charge of 50 percent. Cancellation within 5 weeks of the date of the event will be charged the full fee. You must notify ISM in writing of a cancellation.

Tax Deduction: The Internal Revenue Service may permit an income tax deduction to U.S. residents for expenses (including registration fees, travel costs, meals and lodging) incurred in pursuit of continuing professional education. Consult your tax adviser for details.

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