Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

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  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Exponent

    The introduction of plastic materials into widespread use in the building and construction industry has resulted in products that are often light weight, easy to install, and less expensive than their non-plastic counterparts. These attributes, among others, make plastic building materials an appealing option for contractors, architects, and designers. In this seminar, we will present case studies and common failure mechanisms involving plastics in building and construction applications (i.e., decking, siding, sealants, flooring, piping, windows, etc.) with focus on issues related to their formulation, manufacturing, and performance.

    This webinar is free for DRI members and non-members.

    Presenters:
    Michael D. Dimitriou, Ph.D. | Senior Manager, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry | Exponent
    Manuel Garcia-Leiner, Ph.D.
    Jericho L. Moll, Ph.D. | Senior Manager, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry | Exponent

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Envista Forensics

    Technology has grown exponentially in the construction industry over the last decade and it continues to do so at a breakneck pace. As the size and complexity of projects increases, along with the speed with which they must get completed, technology is a virtual necessity for all construction companies. Threat actors continue to attack vulnerabilities in all industries, and every industry has unique vulnerabilities.

    This webinar is free for DRI members and non-members.

    Presenter:
    Lars Daniel, EnCE, CCPA, CCO, CTNS, CIPTS, CWA, CTA | Practice Leader: Digital Forensics | Envista Forensics

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by ESi

    This course will teach the concepts of current motion capture technology, which can inform scientists, engineers, and litigation stakeholders about human performance, to lay a solid foundation for the use of animated character motion in an engineering visualization.

    This webinar is free for DRI members and non-members.

    Presenters:
    Chuck Fox, Ph.D. | Senior Director of Technology Services | ESi
    Julius Roberts, M.S., P.E. | Senior Consultant | ESi

  • Webinars
    Explore how mindfulness and meditation can help you find or further your joy and satisfaction in your law practice. Learn how to build more resilience, establish work/life integration, and find wellness in the workplace. You will also learn new strategies to address stress management, work-life balance, increased productivity and overall wellness.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Thank You to DRI’s Webinar Partner: Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC)

    Attend this webinar, being co-presented by DRI and Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC), to take a practice-focused look at what occurs during the reporting process as well as information in the portal/how to access and use it; learn about tools for resolving reimbursement issues and expediting settlements; address whether or when to use a hold-back clause in settlement; and more!

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars
    New York, NY

    The New Normal will never be the Old Normal. The events of 2020 and 2021 changed our world and our professions forever. Some change is good, some not, some was desperately overdue. Join us as your colleagues and industry leaders engage in thought-provoking discussions about how to best serve your clients and improve your practice in a post-pandemic world. We address everything from juries to cyber risks, to professional responsibility, to business interruption and business succession. And we have brought back our popular claims jeopardy where you get to ask claims professionals your burning questions. Use the information you learn at the seminar to improve your own practice and to improve the protection you provide to your clients. This seminar can’t be beat.

  • Seminars
    New York, NY

    DRI’s Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium is the foremost educational event for insurance executives, claims professionals, and outside counsel who specialize in insurance coverage.  This year’s symposium will once again offer an unparalleled opportunity to engage with a distinguished faculty of industry leaders, experts, and coverage lawyers on emerging issues, recent court rulings, national trends, and the future of insurance coverage law.  In addition, the symposium will provide exceptional networking events and an opportunity to experience the wonder of New York City during the holiday season!

  • Webinars
    Distracted driving is the largest contributing factor to motor vehicle accidents and can significantly impact the value of a case. If you’re a motor carrier, driver, or represent motor carriers and drivers, this webinar is for you. Come listen as a trucking industry professional, a human factors expert, and a seasoned trucking attorney discuss how distracted driving can cause avoidable accidents, what motor carriers and drivers can do to prevent distracted driving accidents, and how distracted driving can alter your litigation strategy and impact the valuation of your case.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars
    Columbus, OH

    After the COVID-19 work-from-home marathon and necessary social distancing, DRI invites you to Columbus, Ohio, to network in person as we all get used to the “new normal” and get back to business. Our program will address cutting edge insurance coverage issues including those arising from sexual abuse claims in the wake of extended statutes of limitations, thorny trigger issues for property damage claims, permissive use in auto liability claims, and an update on the Restatement of Liability Coverage. A highlight of the program will be a presentation on claims arising out of COVID-19 and the various coverage claims policyholders are making. Don’t miss this chance to learn the latest on these topics and meet with other insurance coverage professionals.

  • Webinars
    Thank You to DRI’s Webinar Partner: Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC)

    Attend this webinar, being co-presented by DRI and Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC), to hear from defense and plaintiff counsel concerning what materials to look for and actions to take each step of the way, including an introduction to the structure of the Treasury Department and how claims reach Treasury; learn how to proceed should Treasury seek reimbursement; uncover issues arising from section 111 data reporting, date of loss discrepancies, ICD-10 codes, and good faith compliance (including with deadlines); and learn how MARC is helping to streamline these processes.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars
    Virtual Seminar
    The DRI Life, Health, and 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!
  • Seminars
    New Orleans, LA

    This dynamic seminar allows attendees to interact and learn from preeminent experts and asbestos litigation practitioners on groundbreaking developments in the role of genetics impact the investigation and outcome of cases. Lecturers, panelists, and moderators will provide insight on the role of genetics in mesothelioma cases; learn from a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge; and the latest scientific developments in asbestos and talc medicine and epidemiology; and more.

  • Seminars
    New Orleans, LA
    This Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium is a unique, exceptionally insightful “defense-only” seminar where defense attorneys and clients share meaningful lessons from the past year. The seminar provides attendees with up-to-date information about plaintiff attorneys and their newest practices and tactics and suggestions to combat the plaintiff effort. The defense attendees benefit from the private knowledge that led to both victories and losses in the last 12 months.
  • Webinars
    This webinar will provide general guidelines and strategies for effectively deposing an opposing parties’ expert(s). Specifically, it will provide an overview of expert depositions, why they are important, the reasons for taking an expert deposition, how to prepare for them, an overview of Duces Tecum’s and obtaining discoverable documents, strategies for eliciting favorable testimony, important case law for precluding/limiting expert testimony, as well as other practical tips.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Do you ever wonder how in the world other lawyers seem to draw in one new client after another? If so, you’re not alone. It’s never too early (or too late) to start thinking about business development. For some, business development comes easy, but others have no idea where to start. Hear from two resourceful, ambitious, and self-made lawyers about the steps they took to establish their unique brand, develop a marketing strategy aimed at attracting a specific type of client, attract and pitch to prospective clients, and keep new clients happy.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Seminars
    Virtual Seminar

    Throughout the United States and the world, legislators are regularly updating data protection and privacy laws in an (arguably futile) attempt to keep up with changes in technology. The Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee’s first-ever virtual seminar will provide an overview of important data protection and privacy concepts and review data protection and privacy obligations imposed by state and global laws and regulations. Topics include: how to comply with the challenging and ever-changing data protection and privacy laws; the use of Artificial Intelligence for making decisions that may have discriminatory patterns embedded within them; and data protection and class action trends centering on the use of biometrics, the Internet of Things and other trends in technology that impact privacy. The virtual seminar will conclude with a networking event.

  • Annual Meeting
    Boston, MA

    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.

  • Webinars
    Plaintiffs are slowly turning away from Reptile Theory and adopting a new approach focusing on company safety policies and CDL manuals to establish a “duty” the motor carrier or driver violated. Join two seasoned trucking attorneys as they delve into just how these policies/manuals are being used to establish liability in trucking cases and what defense attorneys can do from the pre-suit stages through trial to prevent a violation of a policy or manual from increasing the value of your case or the verdict award.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars

    Recent events have demonstrated that communication is desperately needed to understand differing perspectives, experiences and views, so that we can discuss important issues with respect, honesty, grace and courage. Nowhere is this more needed than the relationship between law enforcement and the communities which they serve.

    DRI’s Protect and Serve Task Force will host a Virtual Town Hall on October 5, 2021, beginning at 12:00 PM (CDT) with an impressive and diverse panel discussing the hard and important issues surrounding police-community relations, police reforms and community expectations. The town hall is offered free of charge and will include the following panelists:

    1. The Honorable Luis Gutierrez, former United States Representative from Illinois
    2. Greg Ehrie, Vice President, Law Enforcement and Analysis – Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
    3. Kevin Dykes, Chief Deputy, Chester County Sheriff's Office, West Chester, PA
    4. Scott Bohn, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association
    5. Anita M. Alvarez, Chief Legal Counsel, Maryville Academy, Former Cook County State's Attorney, Chicago, IL

    Please join us for this important conversation!
  • Webinars
    Thank You to DRI’s Webinar Partner: Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition (MARC)

    This webinar will provide an update on developments in Medicare Secondary Payer compliance. The discussion will include a brief overview of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, MMSEA reporting and the PAID Act. The overview will be followed by a discussion of recent case law and practical implications, including potential exposure as well as how to mitigate risk through the course of discovery, proper release language, documentation, and the importance of communication across the bar and between the parties. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of what to expect next with respect to Medicare Secondary Payer compliance.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.