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    Life, Health, Disability and ERISA
    DRI’s Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar is returning to the world-class city of Chicago. This seminar is the can’t-miss program for practitioners in the life, health, and disability industry across the country, and is well-recognized for its unmatched education and networking opportunities for in-house and outside counsel alike. Spanning three days, the seminar leads off on Wednesday with nine separate breakout sessions covering three tracks: ERISA, Non-ERISA, and Health—allowing you to focus specifically on the area that best fits your practice. Thursday and Friday offer a broad range of plenary presentations covering the hottest topics in the life, health, and disability industry, including the always popular life insurance, individual disability, and accidental death and dismemberment updates, and Mark Schmidtke’s riveting ERISA presentation.
    DRI’s Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar is returning to the world-class city of Chicago. This seminar is the can’t-miss program for practitioners in the life, health, and disability industry across the country, and is well-recognized for its unmatched education and networking opportunities for in-house and outside counsel alike. Spanning three days, the seminar leads off on Wednesday with nine separate breakout sessions covering three tracks: ERISA, Non-ERISA, and Health—allowing you to focus specifically on the area that best fits your practice. Thursday and Friday offer a broad range of plenary presentations covering the hottest topics in the life, health, and disability industry, including the always popular life insurance, individual disability, and accidental death and dismemberment updates, and Mark Schmidtke’s riveting ERISA presentation.
    DRI’s Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Seminar is returning to the world-class city of Chicago. This seminar is the can’t-miss program for practitioners in the life, health, and disability industry across the country, and is well-recognized for its unmatched education and networking opportunities for in-house and outside counsel alike. Spanning three days, the seminar leads off on Wednesday with nine separate breakout sessions covering three tracks: ERISA, Non-ERISA, and Health—allowing you to focus specifically on the area that best fits your practice. Thursday and Friday offer a broad range of plenary presentations covering the hottest topics in the life, health, and disability industry, including the always popular life insurance, individual disability, and accidental death and dismemberment updates, and Mark Schmidtke’s riveting ERISA presentation.
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    Retail and Hospitality Litigation
    DRI’s 2017 Retail and Hospitality Litigation Seminar is a cutting-edge program for defense attorneys, corporate counsel, risk managers, and claims professionals who focus on the retail and hospitality industries. Join industry thought leaders, colleagues, and friends in one of America’s most vibrant cities for two days of engaging and informative presentations and discussions, covering the spectrum of legal issues facing the retail and hospitality sectors. Not only will attendees experience a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity, the seminar also provides excellent networking opportunities.
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    Drug and Medical Device
    Attend the 2017 DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar and learn from presentations by in-house and outside counsel, a federal judge, deans of the drug and device defense bar, and the US Chamber Litigation Center. This seminar is the foremost educational and networking opportunity for practitioners in the pharmaceutical and medical device defense space. Connect with clients and colleagues and learn from cutting edge presentations. We hope you join us in New Orleans!
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    Appellate Advocacy

    Experienced appellate practitioners, in-house counsel, and occasional appellate advocates alike will benefit from a distinguished faculty of judges, in-house counsel, and leading practitioners providing valuable insight on every stage of an appeal. This program features presentations on the effect of various technological advances on brief writing, certification of issues to a state court, and the role of insurance on appeal. The program also offers guidance on brief writing and preparation for argument in the context of en banc review and discusses strategic considerations when the government is a party to your appeal. A panel of in-house counsel will offer insight on the appeal process and effective management of appeals, and for the first time, our highly regarded mock argument will be held at the United States District Court, just blocks from our hotel.

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    Intellectual Property Seminar

    Virtual reality. Legalized marijuana. Hacking. The world is changing rapidly, especially as technology seems to advance at ever-increasing rates these days. The law is attempting to keep up with these advances. Are you? Join us at the Gleacher Center in Chicago for two days of educational, stimulating, and thought-provoking sessions focused on innovative approaches to litigating the IP case in these exciting times. Learn about fascinating technologies such as virtual reality and food e-commerce, and the IP issues relating to both. In addition to the educational sessions, join us for a number of fun networking activities in the heart of the Windy City. Get to know new colleagues or reconnect with existing ones at a number of networking events designed to take advantage of the seminar’s Chicago setting, including events jointly sponsored by the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee and the Commercial Litigation Committee, which is holding its seminar at the same time.

    Please note that some events will be held at the Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 North Park Drive, a short walk from the Gleacher Center. See the seminar schedule for more details
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    Business Litigation Seminar

    Top business litigators from across the country and distinguished in house counsel from leading companies will converge in the Windy City this May for cutting edge litigation education, networking and fun.  Besides picking up strategic insights, fresh legal developments, and litigation skills that will prove useful immediately and for the long term, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Chicago’s famous attractions – fine dining, the Magnificent Mile, blues joints, the Second City Comedy Club, major league baseball, and the city’s many museums and parks. As a bonus, our program will again offer “2 for the price of 1.”  DRI’s IP Litigation Committee members will be staying at the same hotel and hosting nearby their seminar on emerging IP litigation issues.  You are welcome to attend any session at either the Business Litigation or IP Litigation seminar (your CLE credits will be offered through your Business Litigation Seminar Registration) and you will be able to join speakers and attendees from both seminars during common breaks and social events.

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    Employment and Labor Law
    DRI’s 40th annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar is the preeminent educational and networking event for management-side labor and employment attorneys, in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and EPLI representatives. Always intensely practical, and accompanied by superior written materials, this seminar is a must-attend for experienced practitioners, as well as for those who are just getting started in labor and employment law. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best practitioners and professionals in the labor and employment arena.
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    Fidelity and Surety Roundtable
    Owners or Claimants are waiting to submit a claim. Substandard work is being performed. Invoices for the supplies are unpaid. Interest and Penalties are accruing. How does this impact the Surety? Interactive group discussion of the Fidelity and Surety defenses that may be raised by Fidelity Insurers and Sureties in response to a claim.
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    Outsmarting the Trucking Reptile at Trial
    The DRI Trucking Law Committee is presenting an advanced workshop for trial lawyers, senior claims examiners and industry professionals dedicated entirely to the defense of the Reptile Theory in trucking cases. The one-day program will engage participants in best practices and practical techniques for conquering reptile cases. The seminar will address what to consider in your answer, discovery, depositions, pre-trial motions, voir dire, witness examinations and closing arguments at trial. The program will be led by the foremost trucking defense trial lawyers and world-renowned Reptile Expert Bill Kanasky, Jr., Ph.D., of Courtroom Sciences, Inc. This advanced workshop is limited to no more than 200 attendees to ensure an intimate forum for innovative and interactive discussions between experienced practitioners and seasoned trucking professionals that fight the reptile on a daily basis.
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    Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability
    Bad faith claims and lawsuits are a growing concern to the insurance industry and must be handled with care and expertise from the start. The DRI Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar will highlight the latest trends and developments in bad faith law. It will give insurance professionals at all levels, whether in-house or in private practice, the guidance and advice they need to avoid, curtail, and defend against bad faith claims and lawsuits. Come to learn and network with your peers. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Boston. We invite you to register early.
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    DRI International Conference – Hot Topics in International Dispute Resolution

    Join DRI International on The Emerald Isle for a broad range of topics highly relevant to every litigator handling international disputes. This year’s program will focus on issues of particular interest for businesses including shareholder disputes in joint ventures, D&O insurance, and compliance. Come to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, to learn from a distinguished panel, including the Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, about the latest developments in data privacy as it relates to transatlantic business.  Attendees also will learn about the challenges to product liability laws impacted by new technology and receive an update on hot topics in international commercial litigation. Éire go brách!!!


    May 31 – Women in the Law Breakout session at The Matheson Law Firm, Dublin, Ireland

    June 1-June 2 Conference resumes at William Fry Law Firm, Dublin, Ireland

    Dublin, Ireland
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    Diversity for Success

    DRI’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to the 12th annual Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo. Discover how diversity and inclusion can be used to expand your law firm’s value to its clients, while increasing productivity, profitability, and client satisfaction. Learn how to implement creative strategies to help realize measurable outcomes and objectives, starting at the leadership level. Participate in cutting-edge dialogue with interactive exercises designed to help organizations in their efforts to build and sustain meaningful diversity programs.

    Chicago, IL
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    Young Lawyers

    The 2017 Young Lawyers Seminar will provide “actionable” training—lessons learned here can be immediately implemented in practice. Young lawyers can expect a mixture of hands-on learning opportunities, live demonstrations, facilitated discussions, and some traditional presentations. A Texas Supreme Court Justice, in-house counsel, deans of the defense bar, and up-and-comers will offer insights useful to junior associates, senior associates, junior partners, and in-house counsel. This seminar will also feature formal and informal networking opportunities to enable all seminar attendees to make new contacts and reconnect with old friends.

    Austin, TX
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    Marijuana Law

    There is little dispute that 2016 continued a streak of the most significant years in marijuana policy since President Richard M. Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into law over 45 years ago. On November 8, 2016, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine all voted to legalize recreational marijuana—doubling the number of legal-marijuana states to eight. Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota legalized medical marijuana for specific medical conditions. Early indicators suggest that 2017 will see even more reforms across the country. With medical marijuana now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, insurers, employers, and business owners are being confronted with new challenges, as well as opportunities. In today’s ever-changing legal landscape, is your practice prepared to navigate the nuances of complex cannabis regulation, law, and policy? In response to audience and industry demand, the challenges involved in insuring marijuana businesses is a significant topic at this year’s seminar. Please join us as we guide you through legal considerations faced by businesses, insurers, and employers dealing with the reality of legalized growing, sale, and use of marijuana.

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    Class Actions
    Class action litigation continues to pose significant risks and challenges for American and international businesses. Class actions have been a significant focus for the United States Supreme Court in recent years and this term has been no exception. Meanwhile, prior rulings are being interpreted and further developed by the lower courts against a backdrop of significant changes: the new Trump administration and forthcoming changes to federal Rule 23.
    The DRI Class Actions Seminar gives attendees a unique opportunity to hear prominent SCOTUS advocates discuss the Court’s recent class action decisions and a Canadian Supreme Court Justice offer insights about class action appeals in that country. Renowned class action practitioners and experienced in-house counsel will also discuss emerging class action trends and effective strategies for defending a class action from inception, through opposition to class certification, to successful resolution through settlement or trial.
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    Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

    Our world is more data driven than ever before, from social media and the Internet of Things (IoT) to data collection and cyber marketing strategies. These new technologies present complex security, privacy, ethical, and legal implications.  Corporate privacy practices have been scrutinized as consumers are more and more wary of how their data is used, and lawyers in virtually all practices must have some understanding of data security and privacy.  Marketers also use data collection and mining in ways that have generated an array of threats to consumers’ privacy.  While cyber insurance coverage may help ameliorate some of these concerns, technologists and attorneys must understand where the gaps may lie in this coverage as cyber risks rapidly transform.  In this seminar, experts from the technological and legal sectors will present real life examples and concrete advice on how information technologists and attorneys can both identify cyber security goals and integrate those goals into their organizations.  The seminar is designed for a diverse audience, including outside counsel, in-house lawyers, IT personnel, insurance professionals, and others who must understand developments in cyber security and data privacy law.

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    Strictly Automotive

    Learn from in-house counsel for automotive manufacturers and component part suppliers on how they and their suppliers handle the emerging issues in today’s litigation. We are back in Michigan for our Automotive Seminar and have leading in-house counsel, experts and trial counsel from both sides of the border presenting on issues of importance to the defense of the auto industry.  Strictly Automotive is the only DRI seminar dedicated solely to automotive product-relates issues and concerns. Make plans to join colleagues, clients, and old friends for two days of indispensable CLE.

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    Nursing Home ALF/Litigation

    The DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar is the preeminent program for attorneys in private practice, in-house counsel, claims specialists, and other professionals involved in the defense of claims against assisted living, memory care, nursing home, and long-term care providers across the country. This year we will host a number of industry counsel meetings and create opportunities for long term care providers, insurers, risk managers, and defense counsel to visit at an exciting new venue, exchange ideas and information, and collaborate on new and developing defense trends and strategies. Register now to ensure your place at this cutting-edge seminar in Atlanta.

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    Bootcamp for New Life, Health and Disability Lawyers
    The DRI Life, Health Disability Committee is once again sponsoring a program for lawyers who are new to the practice. The program will be taught by highly experienced attorneys and will be aimed at providing a basic understanding of the concepts applicable to life, health and disability litigation. This program receives rave reviews each year it is held. Young lawyers and older lawyers who are new to the practice or who wish to brush up on their skills are encouraged to attend! To encourage the classroom atmosphere, registration will be limited to 50 persons.