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    Outsmarting the Trucking Reptile at Trial
    InterContinental Chicago
    Chicago, IL

    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
    Hyatt Regency Boston
    Boston, MA

    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

    Dublin, Ireland

    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

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    Diversity for Success

    Swissôtel Chicago
    Chicago, IL

    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.

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    Young Lawyers

    The Westin Austin Downtown
    Austin, TX

    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.

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    Marijuana Law

    Hotel 1000
    Seattle, WA

    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
    The Westin Washington City Center
    Washington, D.C.

    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

    Westin Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL

    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

    Detroit Marriott Troy
    Troy, MI

    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

    Atlanta Marriott Marquis
    Atlanta, GA

    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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    Managing Partners and Law Firm Leaders Conference
    The Gwen
    Chicago, IL

    DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar has been providing gold standard legal education for over five decades and TheRemsenGroup is renowned for its annual managing partner conferences in Atlanta. Because of the popularity of our inaugural conference in 2016, we have again joined together in 2017 to present at our second conference geared exclusively to managing partners of the defense bar. The conference is open only to DRI members.
    New this year will be two in-depth, 2–3 hour, single-topic workshops conducted the afternoon before the Friday conference. Attendees can select either of two sessions: “Using Data and Metrics to Enhance Profitability” or “Planning a Successful Firm Culture: Developing and Implementing a Strategic Plan for Your Firm.” The keynote address will be by Bill Carter, President and CEO, ALM Media Properties LLC, New York, an accomplished expert in the digital and legal services industry. ALM is a leading provider of news and information for the legal markets with brands that include the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Law.com, LegalTech, and the National Law Journal. His address will be followed by a panel of defense bar experts.
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    Deposition Institute
    Veritex
    Chicago, IL

    DRI is proud to present its fourth annual Deposition Institute. DRI recognizes that depositions of parties, fact witnesses, and experts largely dictate a litigator’s success in each case. Depositions inform defense lawyers in seeking summary judgment, obtaining a favorable outcome at mediation, leveraging for outright case dismissal, or, once at trial, critically impeaching a witness on cross-examination. Notwithstanding the importance of this skill set, emerging litigators often receive inadequate deposition training. Law schools routinely conduct trial advocacy classes, but they rarely provide deposition skills training. Likewise, in-firm mentor programs produce uneven success in the deposition training arena, with one study indicating that as many as 57 percent of lawyers take their first deposition without any training.

    Designed specifically for the blossoming defense lawyer, this intensive three-day program fills the deposition training void. Students will attend a series of entertaining, informative, and interactive lectures covering all aspects of deposition taking. They will observe live deposition demonstrations conducted by experienced defense trial lawyers. And, utilizing small groups and a low faculty-to-student ratio, students will apply these lessons while participating in workshops providing hands-on training in taking and defending party and expert depositions, dealing with difficult witnesses and adversary counsel, and preparing witnesses for depositions—all under the tutelage of an experienced team leader and utilizing a litigation fact pattern designed to make the experience as real as possible.

    Students will depart with court reporter transcripts and videos of their workshop depositions, a new network of trial lawyer colleagues, and, most importantly, improved deposition skills.

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    Northeast Regional Claims Conference
    Hartford, CT
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    Asbestos Medicine
    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV
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    Bootcamp for New Life, Health and Disability Lawyers
    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
    Chicago, IL

    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.
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    Professional Liability
    Sheraton New York Times Square
    New York, NY
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    Insurance Coverage & Practice Symposium
    Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
    New York, NY