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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Registration Information

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DRI Member Pricing: $995
Non-Member Pricing: $1,195

DRI Member Pricing: $1,095
Non-Member Pricing: $1,295

DRI Member Pricing: $200
Non-Member Pricing: $520

DRI Member Pricing: $695
Non-Member Pricing: $695

Register by September 15, 2021 to receive the early registration rate. If you wish to have your name appear on the registration list distributed at the seminar and receive the course materials in advance, DRI must receive your registration by September 15, 2021. Registrations received after September 15, 2021 will be processed on-site.


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:
Stephanie Scharf - former Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession and former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
Paulette Brown - former ABA Present and first woman of color in that role

Stephanie and Paulette have done substantial research and analysis on the career paths of women to understand why women are "walking out the door" of private practice. The overwhelming conclusion is that women don’t leave the law, the legal profession leaves them. The burn-out that many women and lawyers of color experienced during the pandemic became particularly acute. What can we do about it?

This interactive workshop will identify how inequities can develop in law firms – in compensation, promotion, distribution of assignments, unequal attention and mentoring. Once we have recognized the broad patterns of bias, Stephanie and Paulette with provide practical, research-based responses that each of us can learn to create a path forward to the success and advancement that we want to achieve at our firms. This engaging program will draw upon the wealth of advice and research from the presenters, along with the connections and support of all attendees, to develop preventative steps that might derail professional potential and careers of women as we move into a post-pandemic era.

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


Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199. Take advantage of the group rate of $319.00 Single/Double in one of two ways:

  • Reserve Online
  • Contact the hotel directly at 617.236.2000 and mention DRI Annual Meeting.

The hotel block is limited and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by October 12, 2021, to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after October 12, 2021 are subject to room and rate availability. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the seminar.


Travel Discounts: DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI seminar attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908. If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form at www.dt.com. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.


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 multiple hours of continuing legal education hours from this seminar.

Seminar CLE Grid (Coming Soon)



DRI's 2021 Annual Meeting is proudly sponsored by:

Baker Donelson


Bullivant Houser


Campbell Trial Lawyers

Christian & Barton LLP Attorneys at Law

Cranfill Sumner

CTL Group

DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies Ltd.


Drew Eckl Farnham

Everett Dorey LLP

Exponent logo

Hermes Netburn

Hill Ward Henderson Attorneys at Law

Hollingsworth LLP Litigation Matters

Jackson Kelly PLLC

King & Spalding

LawyerGuard Logo

Lewis Brisbois


Nelson Forensics

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.


Event Terms

Read the Event Terms, including DRI’s risk-free registration policy