Effective April 2013, Richard Pennington became General Counsel to WSCA-NASPO Cooperative Purchasing Organization LLC, a nonprofit that assists state governments with cooperative procurements nationally. Richard also owns SCOPEVision LLC, where he teaches and writes about public procurement law and effective practices in project and performance management. Richard started his Air Force career as a B-52 pilot and later served as a judge advocate specializing in federal government contracting. At the time of his Air Force retirement, he was Chief of the Air Force Commercial Litigation Division. He then served as assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado and later practiced government contract law with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. He is a former director of the Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement and State Purchasing Director. Richard teaches NIGP’s Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing course and is on the faculty of Contract Administration and Risk Management. He has developed NIGP webinars on negotiation and information technology procurement. He writes legal columns for NIGP’s Government Procurement magazine and the National Contract Management Association’s publication, Contract Management magazine.