Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Webinars
    Non-bankruptcy litigators will learn the basics of bankruptcy law. Panelists will provide helpful tips and strategies for dealing with bankruptcy-related issues that arise in a general litigation practice. This webinar will provide an overview of the Bankruptcy Code and the types of bankruptcies that are available. Panelists will discuss the types of information found in bankruptcy pleadings and how that information might be useful in non-bankruptcy litigation. Attendees will learn about typical issues that arise in a bankruptcy case including sworn statements, automatic stays, voidable preferences, adversary proceedings, and the bases of dischargeability.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    The purpose of the presentation is to analyze how courts are likely to analyze long term disability claims. The presentation will entail an analysis of how courts have handled LTD claims based on the insured’s immunocompromised status, and an application of those principles to the COVID-19 context.

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

    This presentation: defines "Bank Sweeps"; provides both the Bank's perspective and the Surety’s perspective; the underlying competing objective of mitigation of losses; taking a proactive approach; quantifying that portion of the sweep that came from bonded versus non-bonded contract revenues; priority interests as to each; and steps the Surety can take to go about protecting those interests.

    We will also address practical ways to co-exist with banks and how to potentially achieve a win-win for both the Surety and the Bank as to the available Indemnitor funds, while avoiding protracted and expensive litigation (keeping in mind that the bank sweep may have already occurred before the Surety was contacted by the principal).

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Using the national headline story of the hate group that sought a permit to set up shop in an old Lutheran church in Murdock, Minnesota as a backdrop, we will cover the legal issues municipality must consider if they find themselves in this situation.  In a back-and-forth Q & A style format, we will discuss First Amendment implications, additional RLUIPA concerns if the hate group says it is a religious organization, preparing for potential litigation, and best land use practices generally to mitigate the issue without litigation.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Corporate defendants face a growing threat of mass arbitration attacks, where a firm will advertise aggressively on social media, alleging some form of consumer fraud or product performance issue. Once the firm has amassed thousands of clients it sends a letter advising that its clients all intend to file their arbitrations simultaneously, potentially triggering a defendant’s obligation to pay millions in up-front AAA filing fees before ever getting to look at the merits of an individual claim.

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

    Sponsored by Exponent

    A team of risk mitigation and environment experts discuss how to anticipate and prepare for major weather events. The presentation also discusses responses after these events, including how to defend, mitigate, and transfer risk.

    Presenters:
    Lamis El Didi, M.S., Principal, Exponent
    Susan C. Paulsen, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Scientist & Practice Director, Exponent
  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Rimkus

    Join this webinar for key insights from the ANSI Z535 committee meetings, including potential updates and other insights to have on your radar, including the ANSI Z535 background, additional wordless options, translation, and the potential for putting safety information online.

    Presenters:
    Jared Frantz, M.S.E., CHFP, Applied Safety and Ergonomics, part of the Rimkus Consulting Group
    Judith J. Isaacson, M.S., C.P.S.M, Applied Safety and Ergonomics, part of the Rimkus Consulting Group