Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    Please join us this April for the Retail and Hospitality Litigation Virtual Seminar. This past year has seen significant developments in the nature of litigation retail and hospitality companies face, as well as a tidal wave of new regulations impacting the service industries. This seminar will catch you up on all those developments while you reconnect with colleagues from across the country.

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    The COVID-19 global pandemic wreaked havoc on our world in 2020, and unfortunately the construction industry was not immune: work stoppages and delays, physical distancing, and supply chain disruptions are merely a few of the challenges faced by the industry. As COVID-19 lingers into 2021, it will almost certainly have significant implications for building design, and pandemic-related insurance claims will be litigated for some time. These disruptions have forced industry stakeholders to immediately confront these issues and to anticipate similar issues that could arise in the future.

    This program will address how the industry has reacted to the pandemic, discuss where it is going, and inform attendees about "The Construction Industry in the Post-Pandemic World: Getting Back to Work." All attendees – construction professionals, attorneys, and insurance professionals – will benefit from the seminar.

    Attendees will be able to earn up to 7 CLE credits.

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    Virtual Event

    We hope to "See" you at DRI’s 2021 Drug and Medical Device Virtual Seminar, taking place Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30. This two-day program will provide opportunities to network with old and new friends and earn up to five hours of CLE credits, including one ethics credit and one Diversity & Inclusion/Elimination of Bias credit. Learn the latest about ethical implications of social media, navigating litigation challenges after remand from an MDL, and the legal impact of cutting-edge technology on patient care. Don’t miss it; register today!

    Attendees will be able to earn up to 5 CLE credits.

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    Join us for the 2021 Trucking Law virtual primer. Hosted by DRI's Trucking Law Committee, this virtual defense litigation primer will focus on excessive trucking verdicts and how pre-accident/pre-trial strategies change the trajectory. Attendees will learn why verdicts are at an all-time high and what role certain factors play into these verdicts. Experienced attorneys and trucking industry professionals will explore what motor carriers should be doing before a crash occurs, and how to conduct an effective risk assessment that can assist in the resolution of your case. Don't miss the chance to learn how to affect the outcome of your trucking case; register today!

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    Join us virtually for DRI's Talc Litigation Seminar! This virtual experience will take place on Thursday, May 13, 2021 and Friday, May 14, 2021. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 7 CLE credits from the comfort of your own home or office, while learning about a variety of topics from Daubert challenges of plaintiffs' analytical methods/FDA counting criteria to confronting issues with jury selection, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and mid-litigation removal of products from shelves.

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    DRI's 2021 Business Litigation Virtual Super Conference is taking place May 13-14, 2021. Register today to enhance your knowledge on: clients' use of "crowdsourcing" to further their businesses, as well as the risks and benefits involved from it; cutting-edge methods of minimizing the risks of major data breaches, as well as recent regulatory changes to data security by the FTC; strategies for eliminating racial disparities and bias in the justice system; and more!

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    The virtual seminar will feature renowned in-house counsel from Fortune 500 companies, Judges, and trial attorneys that will focus on key IP issues and strategies that will set you apart from others. You will have the chances to hear perspectives on copyright, trademark, and patent litigation issues from experts and litigators. Don’t miss out on the chance to network with colleagues from across the country and earn up to 5 hours of continuing legal education. You don’t want to miss this; register today!

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    Virtual Event

    Join us as DRI brings together leading management-side employment and labor attorneys, in-house counsel, and other human resource professionals in its 44th annual Employment and Labor Law Seminar, this year taking place remotely via Zoom. Always intensely practical and accompanied by helpful written materials, this seminar is indispensable for experienced practitioners, as well as those who are just getting started in labor and employment law. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best practitioners and professionals in the labor and employment arena.

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    Virtual Event

    We hope to "see" you at DRI's 2021 Appellate Advocacy Virtual Seminar, taking place Thursday, May 27. Earn multiple CLE credits, while learning about a variety of topics, ranging from remote arguments to using amicus briefs in appellate advocacy to building an appellate advocacy practice. Plus, don’t miss your chance to reconnect with peers from across the country during the virtual networking event.

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    Virtual Event

    The DRI Governmental Liability Boot Camp is a one-day virtual seminar that will focus on the basics of 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and defending constitutional tort claims. Attendees will have the chance to earn up to 4.75 hours of CLE and hear from past chairs of the Governmental Liability Committee. The program will start with an overview of Section 1983 litigation and then delve more deeply into specific claims and defenses. The presentation will benefit the new lawyer just learning about this area of the law or the seasoned practitioner who needs a refresher. Register today!

    Attendees will be able to earn up to 4.75 CLE credits.

  • Seminars
    New Orleans, LA

    Don’t miss the chance to see old friends and to make new contacts during the 2021 Diversity for Success Seminar & Corporate Expo in NOLA. Taking place June 16-18 at the Marriott New Orleans, this three-day program will cover racial injustice, allyship, and concerns facing diverse members of the various affinity bars. Earn up to 6.25 credits of CLE when you join us in New Orleans!

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    Virtual Event

    Join DRI and the Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee at this "must-see" virtual program. In addition to being able to virtually network with toxic tort and environmental lawyers from across the U.S., you'll be able to hear speakers address disasters through the lens of Environmental Justice, recent developments in jurisdiction and removability, the ethics of baseless science, and updates in asbestos and lead litigation, and more.

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    Minneapolis , MN

    Join your fellow Young Lawyers as we reunite in person for the first time following the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 was a year to forget but one we’ll always remember. This year’s seminar will help you reset, realign, and refocus on becoming a better person, a better team-member, and a better advocate for yourselves and your clients. Our Wednesday Enneagram Networking Workshop will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a person while deeply connecting with your colleagues. The seminar programming then checks all the boxes, focusing on inclusivity while including business development and pretrial and trial skills presentations. And, as always, experience the incredible value of reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, in person, in the Twin Cities!

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    Chicago, IL

    This three-day program will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in insurance coverage; gain valuable insight into the handling of complex coverage disputes in this new environment; hone skills in evaluating defense obligations; network with claims professionals and counsel; and much more. This must-attend program is a necessary event for every insurance law practitioner and claims professional.