Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

  • Annual Meeting

    Join us on October 21-23, 2020 for DRI's first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting. We will be getting "Back to Business" with outstanding speakers and engaging presentations you will not want to miss. Expand your network during interactive online events, and experience the convenience of scheduling and participating in informal meetings with other attendees. The Virtual Annual Meeting is $99 for DRI members and $199 for non-members.

  • Webinars
    COVID-19 vaccinations have begun, and along with the vaccines come questions about impact in the workplace. The EEOC issued updated COVID-19 guidance to include questions about vaccines on December 16. This webinar covers EEOC guidance and legal issues around workplace policies related to vaccines. Other topics include: the latest status of the FFCRA and other federal laws that have new implications in the era of COVID.

    This webinar will take place from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST.

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

    In recent years, vaping has come under intense scrutiny as its market presence has expanded. This cutting-edge virtual seminar will explore the science and toxicology behind vaping claims, a report of the current status of the multidistrict JUUL litigation pending in California, along with a discussion of anticipated future developments, and an exploration of the links between COVID-19 and vaping risks and liability.

    This virtual seminar is $150 for DRI members and $250 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Learn the basics of construction law in this information-packed program, designed for those new to the practice.
    • Overview of cases
    • Laws and regulations
    • Insurance
    • Investigations and discovery
    • Damages
    • Dispute resolution

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

    During this webinar rebroadcast of the program that originally took place on January 19, the presenters will be available for interactive Q&A via chat. Have your questions answered about how vaccines will impact the workplace. Learn about the EEOC guidance and legal issues around workplace policies relating to vaccines. The latest status of the FFCRA and other federal laws that have new implications in the era of COVID will also be covered.

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

  • Seminars

    This half-day virtual seminar and training session will focus on fire testing, fire scene investigation, and investigation of fire impact on buildings and their occupants from code and technical perspectives. Presenters will use mock fire scene investigations to provide a primer on fire patterns, interpretation of their potential meanings, and application of the scientific method to rule out hypothetical causes. Learn about fire debris investigation, causation theories, and arc tracking, culminating in a full-scale flashover demonstration. Fire dynamics will be illustrated through video, mathematical modeling, and data of the fire development within the room. The day will conclude with a discussion of fire impacts on buildings and their occupants. The seminar will provide you with an opportunity to earn 3.5 CLE credits.  

    The registration rate is $150 for DRI members and $250 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    This program will introduce you to ERISA and provide you essential information, including:
    • ERISA purpose and scope
    • Key ERISA terms and concepts
    • ERISA remedies
    • Procedural Issues in ERISA litigation

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

    Stay on the cutting edge. Artificial Intelligence ("AI") is not just coming, it's here. Robots already are working in the construction industry, and workers are wearing artificial intelligence. Attend "Rise of The Machines: Artificial Intelligence in Construction Virtual Seminar" on February 16, co-presented by Illinois Defense Counsel, to learn more about the use of AI today, potential liability issues, contract risk transfer, and new legal theories. Earn up to 3.25 hours of continuing legal education credit.

    This virtual seminar is $49 for DRI members and non-members.

  • Webinars
    Interested in an employment law practice? This is the session you need to gain an understanding of:
    • Employment laws generally
    • The ins and outs of employment litigation
    • Providing counsel to employer-clients
    • Workplace investigations
    • Ethical issues

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

    Interested in an employment law practice?  This is the session you need to gain an understanding of:

    • Employment laws generally
    • The ins and outs of employment litigation
    • Providing counsel to employer-clients
    • Workplace investigations
    • Ethical issues

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
    Interested in an employment law practice?  This is the session you need to gain an understanding of:

    • Employment laws generally
    • The ins and outs of employment litigation
    • Providing counsel to employer-clients
    • Workplace investigations
    • Ethical issues

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
    Interested in an employment law practice?  This is the session you need to gain an understanding of:

    • Employment laws generally
    • The ins and outs of employment litigation
    • Providing counsel to employer-clients
    • Workplace investigations
    • Ethical issues

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
    Interested in an employment law practice?  This is the session you need to gain an understanding of:

    • Employment laws generally
    • The ins and outs of employment litigation
    • Providing counsel to employer-clients
    • Workplace investigations
    • Ethical issues

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    New to medical malpractice litigation? Join Erika Amarante and Meg Yanacek for an overview of the practice, including addressing these critical questions in the first 60 days:
    • What do I need to know generally when defending a medical malpractice claim?
    • Is there a difference in how I should investigate a pre-suit investigation versus a lawsuit in the first 60 days?
    • What do I need to request from the carrier, client, or both? Or what do I do if the information is not readily available?
    • What initial investigation and discovery do I need?
    • How do I most efficiently communicate my efforts and findings with the carrier and/or client?

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

    New to medical malpractice litigation? Join Erika Amarante and Meg Yanacek for an overview of the practice, including addressing these critical questions in the first 60 days:

    • What do I need to know generally when defending a medical malpractice claim?
    • Is there a difference in how I should investigate a pre-suit investigation versus a lawsuit in the first 60 days?
    • What do I need to request from the carrier, client or both? Or what do I do if the information is not readily available?
    • What initial investigation and discovery do I need?
    • How do I most efficiently communicate my efforts and findings with the carrier and\or client?

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
    New to medical malpractice litigation? Join Erika Amarante and Meg Yanacek for an overview of the practice, including addressing these critical questions in the first 60 days:

    • What do I need to know generally when defending a medical malpractice claim?
    • Is there a difference in how I should investigate a pre-suit investigation versus a lawsuit in the first 60 days?
    • What do I need to request from the carrier, client or both? Or what do I do if the information is not readily available?
    • What initial investigation and discovery do I need?
    • How do I most efficiently communicate my efforts and findings with the carrier and\or client?

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

    So, you have received your first assignment to defend a Section 1983 Civil Rights action against your governmental client. What do you do now? Join DRI’s Civil Rights Committee Past-Chairs Dana Maine of Freeman Mathis and Gary and Jeff Lowe of Kightlinger & Gray and Sara Brochstein, partner at Freeman Mathis & Gary, on March 5, 2021 when they will discuss the basics of 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and the defense of those claims. The presenters will discuss all the requisite elements of Section 1983 claims, who can sue, who can be sued, and the defenses to those claims. The presentation and the materials with the presentation will provide all attendees vital, necessary information to help you evaluate your client’s potential liability and defenses that can and need to be raised early in the litigation. Whether you are newly interested in this type of litigation or want a refresher course in Section 1983 litigation, this presentation will provide invaluable information and insight into your initial analysis of the claim.

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

  • Webinars
    Get the basics of insurance law and an overview of key concepts, including:
    • How to read an insurance policy
    • Coverage opinions
    • Reservation of rights letters
    • Litigating coverage issues

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

    New to nursing home litigation? Join Richard Moore and Ericka Fang for an overview of the practice, including addressing these critical questions in the first 60 days:

    • What is the focus of the claim and how do I develop a defense strategy?
    • What is in the nursing chart and do I have all of it?
    • Who are my key witnesses and how do I find them?
    • What initial investigation and discovery do I need?

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    To successfully defend a truck accident lawsuit, we all need a solid foundation. And the only way to build that foundation is to follow – and embrace – some very critical, fundamental steps. Join Mike H. Bassett of The Bassett Firm and Whitney Lay Greene of Drew | Eckl | Farnham for a one-hour webinar that will explore the steps and concepts necessary to build a defense that is solid and will weather the storm of an increasingly aggressive plaintiff’s bar. From key parts of the FMCSR to responding to the catastrophic truck crash to preparing your driver for deposition, this program will have something for everyone.

    Whether the ink on your diploma is still drying or whether you have handled trucking cases for 30 years, this webinar will have tips and pointers for everyone to start using immediately to better defend their trucking clients.

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

    DRI's 2021 Life, Health, Disability, and ERISA Virtual Seminar offers unparalleled learning, with the opportunity to earn up to 8 hours of continuing legal education from the comfort of your home/office. Attendees will walk away with practical tips that meaningfully impact their day-to-day practice. This two-day virtual event offers a broad range of plenary presentations covering the hottest topics in the industry. This is a must-attend Life, Health, Disability, and ERISA event!

    Attendees will be able to earn up to 8 CLE credits.

    The registration rate is $150 for DRI members and $250 for non-members.

  • Webinars

    While we all thought that virtual hearings and trials would disappear with the New Year, its clear that virtual may be here to stay. Are you worried that you don't quite know how to effectively advocate for and humanize your client in a virtual hearing/trial setting? If so, this webinar is for you. Come listen to two seasoned lawyers discuss the best ways to present your case (including witnesses and evidence), cross examine witnesses, and connect with your audience during a virtual hearing or trial.

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

    DRI invites you to a free Webinar with Lexicon: "The Business of Law: Utilizing 'New Law' to Optimize Revenue and Increase Efficiencies – Building a Competitive Advantage" on Monday, April 26 at 12:00 PM CDT.

    Law firms are spending too much time on administrative tasks on top of running a business and not enough time practicing law. In the "new law" era, firms will have to make decisions about what they want to do in-house and what to outsource. Many aspects of running a business can and should be left to outside experts to optimize revenue and increase efficiencies at your firm.

    Register for this webinar today to hear more on this topic from Lexicon, a comprehensive legal technology and services provider.
  • Webinars
    The webinar will examine how the shift in Presidential power is affecting environmental and toxic tort attorneys and their clients. The webinar will provide analysis of the new administration's view on environmental law and policy on key areas, including climate change, emission sources, chemical regulation, and water protection, and provide attorneys and their clients guidance on actions they should take now, in anticipation of future law and policy changes.

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

    DRI's 2021 Cannabis Law Virtual Seminar will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge on cannabis law, while expanding your professional network in this exciting industry. Earn up to 3.5 CLE credit hours, while learning about current trends in the developing field of cannabis law. Expect interesting presentations and panel discussions on the state of cannabis law, insurance coverage concerns, industry insights, litigation in cannabis, employment law developments, ethics, diversity/social justice in the industry, and so much more!

    The registration rate is $150 for DRI members and $250 for non-members.

  • Seminars
    Virtual Event

    Attend this virtual seminar to learn about a variety of topics, such as how to come through crisis stronger; how the legal profession can achieve growth across the diversity spectrum; how to best enhance and highlight the strengths of your corporate witness; how the pandemic has impacted your clients’ approach to their business and risk management; how to silence your inner critic and address anxiety in the legal practice; and more.

    The registration rate is $150 for DRI members and $250 for non-members.