||DRI For Life Run – SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL
Join DRI for Life for a morning run or walk from the hotel along the Schuylkill River Trail. The riverside path is 15-feet wide and includes scenic overlooks to take in spectacular waterfront views of the Philadelphia Skyline. There will be leaders for various pace groups, including a walking group.
||KEYNOTES: Alex Dimitrief: The New Normal
DRI President-Elect Lana Olson will host a fireside chat with Alex Dimitrief, the former General Counsel of GE, about the new standards that were set for client service during the pandemic, whether these standards will become the “new normal” and how innovation can help law firms meet the challenges of the post-pandemic legal world. (CLE eligible)
Lana A. Olson, Lightfoot Franklin & White, Birmingham, AL
Alex Dimitrief, Zeughauser Group, New York City, NY
||The Invisible Woman: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of the Black Woman Judge in America
The nation applauded when Kentanji Brown Jackson ascended to the United States Supreme Court as the first Black woman to sit on that distinguished court. It was yet another recent example of the United States fulfilling its long overdue promise of equality and liberty for all. But why did it take 232 years for the United States to reach this historic milestone and what does that length of time say about the status of the country’s judiciary and the legal milieu from which that judiciary arose? Considering the current political and legal environments and their foreseeable future, will Justice Jackson’s trailblazing path to the nation’s highest court usher in a new age of opportunity for Black female jurists or is her inspiring story little more than a rare breakthrough in an otherwise bleak outlook for Black female lawyers with judicial aspirations? Three distinguished Black female judges from the nation’s federal courts will address these questions and more, including how the confluence of race and gender in our legal system has erected both universal and peculiar challenges for Black female lawyers seeking to fulfill their professional potential on the bench. Drawing upon their own paths to success and the experiences of their Black female peers, these panelists will not only candidly discuss the barriers to entry and progression for Black female judges but will also offer hope for a more inclusive future by recommending practical strategies and tactics whereby all legal stakeholders can come together and do their part to make the dreams of would-be Black female judges a reality. (CLE eligible)
Kevin E. Clark, Lightfoot Franklin & White, Birmingham, AL
Honorable Nannette J. Brown, Chief Judge, US District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
Honorable Bernice B. Donald, US Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, Cleveland, OH
Honorable Benita Y. Pearson, US District Court Northern District of Ohio, Youngstown, OH
|11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
|Exhibit Showcase and Showcase Theatre
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||DRI Town Hall (Open to all)
Join DRI’s Executive Committee and CEO Dean Martinez for an open discussion about what’s going on in DRI and what the future holds for the organization. You will hear the latest news and get the chance to ask questions in real time!
Dean Martinez, CEO, Chicago, IL
Douglas K. Burrell, President 2021-2022, Atlanta, GA
Lana A. Olson, President-Elect, Birmingham, AL
Patrick J. Sweeney, First Vice President, Philadelphia, PA
Emily G Coughlin, Immediate Past President, Boston, MA
Anne M. Talcott, Second Vice President, Portland, OR
R. Jeffrey Lowe, Secretary-Treasurer, New Albany, IN
|Attendee Networking Lunch
Network on-site during lunch in the Exhibit Showcase where you will enjoy a complimentary meal and the chance to engage with other attendees.
||Diversity and Inclusion and Women in the Law Networking Luncheon Featuring Professor José F. Anderson, Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School (Ticketed event)
How Diversity in Your Law Office Serves the Needs of Your Clients?
Professor Anderson will offer his unique perspectives on how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can have a powerful impact on fulfilling the needs of the entity you represent. Drawing on his rich experience in both the public and private sector, he will use history, data, and current social trends to support his views as he presents a passionate argument for why all concerned should consider aggressive pursuit of expanded opportunity for minorities and women. He will also offer helpful strategies that will assist in achieving the goal of identifying talented diversity candidates and retaining them on your team.
Tickets to the Diversity and Inclusion and Women in the Law Networking Luncheon are $65. Please purchase tickets by notation on the registration form or online at dri.org.
||The Supreme Court: Big Cases, Developing Trends, a New Justice, and What It All Might Mean for 2023
The 2021 and 2022 terms of the Supreme Court of the United States are some of the most dynamic in modern American history. The rights of our clients – indeed, the rights of all Americans – are being affected by the Court’s rulings and laws are changing all over the country as a result. And that’s not all – we have a Court full of relatively new Justices poised to interpret our laws and rights in ways we have not seen before. In his very professional and humorous way, Tom Dupree will discuss recent high profile SCOTUS decisions and preview upcoming cases to be decided this term. He will address rulings and trends, as well as constitutional and other high-profile cases that may change the course of American law. He will also analyze the impact of the appointments of the newer Justices and all the politics and personalities on the Court in a way that only he can. This is a session you absolutely cannot miss. (CLE eligible)
Thomas H. (Tom) Dupree, Jr., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Washington, D.C.
||No License? No Problem: Why We Should Care that Non-Lawyers are Providing Legal Services and Owning Law Firms (Hosted by The Center for Law and Public Policy)
Regardless of which side of the "v" you’re on, non-lawyer ownership of law firms and the provision of legal services by non-lawyers are two of the hottest and most controversial topics around. You will hear about what some states and countries that permit non-lawyers to provide legal services and own law firms are doing, which will help you better understand the impact to every bar-licensed lawyer if the trend continues. Not only do non-lawyer ownership and alternative business structures have the potential to upend the practice of law as we know it, but there are also critical ethical and business implications of these models as well. This esteemed panel of plaintiff and defense bar leaders will explain what’s currently happening, what’s on the horizon, and how it may affect DRI members and our clients. (CLE eligible/Ethics)
Jill Cranston Rice, Dinsmore & Shohl, Morgantown, WV
Spencer H. Silverglate, Clarke Silverglate, Miami, FL
Emily G. Coughlin, Coughlin Betke, Boston, MA
Navan Ward, Beasley Allen, Atlanta, GA
|Substantive Law Committee Meetings
DRI International™, Employment and Labor Law, Insurance Law, Medical Liability and Health Care Law, Retail and Hospitality, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, Workers' Compensation
||Closing Celebration and All-Star Band Bash (Ticketed event)
Sponsored by Lightfoot Franklin & White
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