2021 Annual Meeting

DRI 2021 Annual Meeting Boston October 13-16, 2021
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General Information

DRI's 2021 Annual Meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 13 to Saturday, October 16 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.

With over 20 hours of dedicated networking time, blockbuster keynote speakers, intimate live workshops that will cover an array of topics ranging from business development to enhancing your online presence to marketing your practice, you’ll walk away with new contacts and insights that will take your legal career to the next level. Learn more below and register by September 15 to take advantage of the early registration rate!

Top 3 Reasons to Attend DRI's Annual Meeting in Boston!
  • Reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and build your book of business!
  • See blockbuster speakers like Kristin Beck, retired United States Navy Seal; Brian David Johnson, Author, Arizona State University professor, Futurist; and Reneé DiResta, Author, Stanford Internet Observatory, Social Networks.
  • Attend stellar education sessions, addressing topics like diversity, anti-racism, the future of the legal profession post-COVID-19, and social media and its influences on what people think.
Bonus Reason: Enjoy America's Walking City! Visit Boston's many historical attractions, such as Freedom Trail and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Plus, take part in multi-cultural experiences in Boston’s various neighborhoods and at city museums, universities, and more.

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Annual Meeting Brochure

2021 Annual Meeting Program Brochure

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Keynote Speakers

Kristin Beck
Kristin Beck
Renee DiResta
Renee Diresta
Brian David Johnson
Brian David Johnson
Photo by Sarah Jenkins
Ibram Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi
Photo by Stephen Voss

Women in the Law Workshop

Re-connect, Re-engage & Rise Stronger TOGETHER
October 13, 2021
Workshop: 1:00-4:00 p.m. | Reception: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Note: You must be registered for the DRI Annual Meeting to attend the Women in the Law Workshop.

Keynote Speakers:
Paulette Brown - President, American Bar Association (2015-2016); President, National Bar Association (1993-1994) Senior Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Locke Lord LLP
Stephanie Scharf
- Chair, American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession (2017-2020); President, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)(2004-2005); Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and Principal, The Red Bee Group, LLC

As we move towards a post-pandemic era, the practice of law is very different today than many of us imagined it could be. Even before the pandemic, women often faced greater barriers to partnership and leadership than their male colleagues and women of color faced even greater barriers. Now that work policies and practices are in flux, we are facing new questions about careers for all women lawyers. What types of firm culture are we returning to? How will hybrid work policies affect women, especially women with children, women of color and women from various cultures? Why are so many women lawyers experiencing burnout and what structures can leaders put in place to minimize the impact? What can women do individually and together to enhance retention and move up the law firm ladder?

Our speakers have completed comprehensive new research to answer these questions, and will share their insights and experiences as they lead us in an interactive and engaging workshop. We will learn and share ideas about creating pathways for success, what we can do as individuals, and how to leverage support from colleagues and clients.

A WITL Committee business meeting and networking reception will follow the workshop.


Participate in the DRI Foundation Fundraiser to Support the NFJE!

Support the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE) by bidding on items for the "DRI Foundation Fundraiser to Support the NFJE", which is taking place during the 2021 Annual Meeting. Items range from a Louis Vuitton bag to a Peloton. View the full list of items and bid on them.


CLE Information

Earn up to 9 hours of continuing legal education hours, including 2 hours of ethics from this meeting.

Annual Meeting CLE Grid (PDF)



DRI's 2021 Annual Meeting is proudly sponsored by:

Baker Donelson


Bullivant Houser


Campbell Trial Lawyers

Christian & Barton LLP Attorneys at Law

CB Coughlin Betke LLP

Cranfill Sumner

CTL Group

DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies Ltd.


Drew Eckl Farnham

Everett Dorey LLP

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Hermes Netburn

Hill Ward Henderson Attorneys at Law

Hollingsworth LLP Litigation Matters

Jackson Kelly PLLC

King & Spalding

LawyerGuard Logo


Nelson Mullins

O'Bryon Schnabel PLC

O'Connor & Battle

Porter | Hedges

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt


Williams Kastner

DRI thanks our Official Supporters: Bassford Remele, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.