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Upcoming DRI Seminars

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Healthcare: Reptile Workshop

    Gleacher Center 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive Chicago, IL 60611

    The DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee is presenting an advanced workshop for trial lawyers, senior claims examiners, and industry professionals dedicated to defending against use of the reptile theory in medical liability cases. This unique workshop will provide practical techniques for conquering reptile cases in nursing home and medical malpractice cases. You will learn what to look for and strategies for dealing with the reptile theory in pleadings, discovery, depositions, pretrial motions, voir dire, examination of witnesses, and closing arguments at trial. Attendance at this advanced workshop will be limited to ensure an intimate forum for innovative discussions on how to fight the reptile in your defense work.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Hot Topics in International Dispute Resolution

    Fieldfisher and Hogan Lovells International LLP London UNITED KINGDOM

    The role of the international dispute lawyer is becoming ever more complex as the landscape in which we practice changes dramatically. It is not just the threat to the legal profession itself that is of concern, but also geopolitical forces, such as the continued threat to the European project and global unease as old alliances fracture. Within this new reality, international dispute lawyers remain focused, determined, and open-minded. At this seminar you will learn how Brexit affects the disputes world, how corporations will deal with the surge in human rights litigation, whether US-style class actions will eventually take hold in Europe, and other important issues. A Women in the Law breakout session will be presented, discussing personal and professional innovation, how to develop rainmaking skills, and the increasingly important issue of bias.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo

    Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile 540 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 UNITED STATES

    The DRI Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to the 13th annual Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo in beautiful Chicago! At the seminar, you will have the unparalleled ability to interact with in-house counsel, the judiciary, and potential referral sources. You will learn how to leverage your involvement in affinity groups to enhance your business development efforts and become a more successful attorney. Moreover, you will be able to participate in innovative discussions on branding, business development, and dealing with subtle forms of bias—all while performing practical exercises to leverage this trove of information into your future success. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity!

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Young Lawyers

    Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201 UNITED STATES

    The 2018 Young Lawyers Seminar will provide training and skills to help you “build your brand” as a young lawyer, both inside and outside your firm. Building your brand as a young lawyer is about more than just marketing. It’s about building your litigation and project management skills, developing subject matter expertise and marketable practice niches, and maintaining and promoting your own wellness. Young lawyers can expect live, interactive demonstrations of core advocacy skills, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and more. Speakers include an Oregon Court of Appeals judge, a federal district court judge, in-house counsel from leading companies, expert consultants, and experienced defense lawyers. The seminar will also feature extensive networking opportunities to enable all attendees to make new contacts and reconnect with old friends.

  • SEMINAR Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    Marijuana Law

    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Gleacher Center 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive Chicago, IL 60611 UNITED STATES

    More than half of the states in the United States currently have laws legalizing Marijuana in some form (medicinal and/or recreational). But in the face of the Controlled Substances Act, regulatory uncertainty presents a barrier to full realization of the potential of the cannabis industry, even though economists predict $50 billion in annual sales by 2026. This quickly developing sector affects virtually all areas of the law and provides opportunities to those with the knowledge base to guide clients and companies deftly through a shifting regulatory and legal landscape. The DRI Marijuana Law Seminar provides you with subject matter experts who will share with you the knowledge and strategies needed by professionals, businesses, and insurers to successfully traverse the complex pitfalls and prospects of marijuana legalization.

  • SEMINAR Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Business Management Principles for Lawyers (Summer Session)

    Belmont University Gordon Inman Conference Center 1515 Wedgewood Avenue Nashville, TN 37212 UNITED STATES

    In-house counsel seeking professional growth know that being a good lawyer is only the first step to becoming a valued business partner. Becoming a “go-to” resource requires more than a sound knowledge of legal issues. It mandates both broad and deep knowledge of the client’s business and the principles that make the company successful. To be the “trusted business advisor,” in-house counsel must develop a fundamental understanding of economics, financial performance, operations management, strategic thinking, communication, negotiation, and leadership. The DRI Business Management Principles for Lawyers series provides these essential business skills and is taught by business professors who specialize in training executives to be effective business leaders. The small group setting—limited to in-house counsel—explores these topics in an interactive, hands-on environment to arm good in-house lawyers with the necessary tools to become great company leaders.

  • SEMINAR Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

    Loews Chicago Hotel 455 North Park Drive Chicago, IL 60611 UNITED STATES

    Recent developments in technology have spurred issues never before imagined. Cyber threats now include not just hacking, but ransomware attacks, social engineering, and other schemes. Advanced technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies bring a world of questions to previously traditional structures in marketing, banking, and sales. Interconnected and “smart” devices create new concerns about privacy within the “Internet of Things” (IOT), especially in the healthcare world. And autonomous vehicles, once available only to the Jetsons, are now a reality that bring with them a host of concerns that demand the attention of cyber professionals. Governmental regulations on data privacy and security are responding to these new issues and evolving every day. The seminar will appeal to a diverse audience of professionals: in-house counsel, firm attorneys, IT personnel, insurance professionals, and anyone who must understand developments in cybersecurity and data privacy law.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 6, 2018

    Managing Partners and Law Firm Leaders Conference

    Loews Chicago Hotel 455 North Park Drive Chicago, IL 60611

    DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar, which has been providing gold-standard legal education for over five decades, proudly presents this unique program specifically for managing partners and law firm leaders. The conference is open only to DRI members. The keynote address will be by Eric A. Seeger, Principal, Altman Weil Inc., Willow Grove, PA, an accomplished expert. During the program you will also have the opportunity to hear from and network with leading authorities from Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks and more! So, join us at Loews Chicago Hotel, one of Chicago’s finest meeting venues, for a high-value experience with those who most clearly understand your challenges and are, therefore, best able to provide you with solutions.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Nursing Home / ALF Litigation

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel 500 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130 UNITED STATES

    “Kick it up a notch” and join providers, insurers, and top litigators in the “Big Easy” for this can’t miss summit meeting on the not-so-easy critical issues affecting the management of risk and the litigation of aging services claims across the country. Numerous national providers will again host panel counsel meetings, making the 2018 conference an unparalleled educational and networking opportunity for all those professionals involved in the defense of long-term care claims. And there is no better time to visit the exciting city of New Orleans than during its tercentennial celebration! Laissez les bons temps roulez!

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Fire Science and Litigation

    Grand Hyatt Washington 1000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

    With four controlled burns the week before the seminar and a flashover burn demonstration the day before, we are literally burning down the house to make this an exciting and relevant seminar. It will take fire science and litigation techniques into the real world, using photographs, video, and data from controlled burns, incorporating them into presentations about fire behavior, fires involving products found in home and office environments, and trial tactics to manage technical and graphic evidence. This seminar is for new and experienced attorneys and will help with every fire case on your docket.

  • SEMINAR Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Drug and Medical Device Litigation YL Primer

    Sidley Austin LLP 1 South Dearborn, 37th Floor Chicago, IL 60603

    The DRI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Primer has long been lauded by companies and outside counsel alike as the perfect training for junior defense lawyers. For only $250, attendees will learn in an informal classroom style from leading experts in the field. No other training is as comprehensive or cost-effective. Join us—or pass the brochure along to others in your firm who may benefit from this program!

  • SEMINAR Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Business Management Principles for Lawyers (Fall Session)

    Belmont University Nashville, TN

    Successful general counsel understand, intuitively, that the corporate client needs and wants more than great legal advice. Being a good lawyer at your company is just “table stakes.” The business leaders of the organization rely on their lawyers to be strategic partners, and in-house counsel who can deliver that service will distinguish themselves readily. To become that trusted business advisor, in-house counsel must impart legal advice based on a sophisticated understanding of the business. That requires fundamental building blocks, including principles of financial performance, operations management, strategic thinking, and successful leadership, all based on a solid core of business ethics. The small group setting of this seminar will allow you to explore these topics in an interactive format, learning both from the faculty as well as your in-house counsel colleagues across different industries.