Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Webinars

    Despite long standing discussion about how to increase diversity in the ranks of neutrals, there is an absence of quantifiable data about the demographics profile of mediators and arbitrators chosen by insurers and lawyers. The absence of this critical data point makes increasing diversity and inclusiveness amongst mediators and arbitrators difficult. Most everyone agrees there needs to be more diversity, but we lack data to measure the problem and any progress we hope to make. DRI’s initiative seeks to increase the appointment of mediators and arbitrators in underrepresented demographic categories.

    Join us as we talk with world renowned alternative dispute resolution expert, Kenneth R. Feinberg, former Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, as he discusses lessons learned about voice and cultural considerations through his practice as a distinguished neutral. Then hear from Chris Kwok, JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer, Tom Maroney, Partner, Maroney O’Connor LLP, Chair, DRI’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and Maria Volpe, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - City University of New York, and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center and Dean Martinez, CEO of DRI about this initiative.

    Finally, engage in a lively discussion with our panel of experts as we have a facilitated dialog about this initiative and the importance of growing the diversity of perspective, experience, and voice in alternative dispute resolution. This esteemed group is sure to bring value to how you consider and make neutral selections in your practice.

    This webinar is FREE for DRI members and non-members.
  • Webinars

    Sponsored by J.S. Held

    When there’s video recording an event, you might not be getting the whole picture. Due to various visual factors, depending on the case, you’re probably leaving some evidence on the table. View this presentation to learn how, without proper video analysis and videogrammetry, evidence within body-worn cameras and other videos can be overlooked or misinterpreted. 

    Presenter:
    Toby Terpstra, Principal Forensic Animator, J.S. 

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by KCIC

    Join KCIC’s Elizabeth Hanke and Megan Shockley as they pinpoint actionable insights with an in-depth look at the current state of asbestos litigation nationwide and a deep dive into how epidemiological data and models like Nicholson are predicting not only mesothelioma, but lung cancer diagnoses and subsequent lawsuits. In this 50-minute webinar, KCIC will review the following data to shine a light on what the future of asbestos litigation might hold.

    1. National asbestos filing statistics for 2018–2020 and a look at 2021 so far: Trends by disease, jurisdiction, plaintiff counsel

    2. Plaintiff exposure attributes that will affect the future of this litigation: Date of first exposure trends, secondary vs. primary exposure trends, male vs. female

    3. Epidemiological data and models used for predicting future asbestos cases: Mesothelioma and lung cancer incidence rates from SEER and CDC data, Nicholson model projections, How asbestos filings compare to incidence rates over time

    4. External factors that can affect a defendant’s experience: Publicity, Bad Verdicts, Bankruptcy of other similar defendants

  • Webinars
    This program will discuss the increasing problem of data breaches in the healthcare industry and the most common and costly type of litigation brought in response – a class action initiated by affected individuals or entities.

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

    Sponsored by LawyerGuard

    If you haven’t been already been hacked, defrauded, deceived, victimized, socially engineered, or otherwise targeted, you will be. What can and should you do to protect yourself and your clients against malicious actors? How can you recognize the latest scams and exploits designed to separate you from the money in your business and trust accounts? What are your ethical obligations when you’ve been the target of, or victimized by, fraud? What are the insurance implications of falling for a scam? Join us to discuss loss-prevention strategies to keep you, your clients, and your money safe.

    Presenters:
    Noah D. Fiedler is the managing partner of Hinshaw's Milwaukee office and a member of the firm's Lawyers for the Profession® practice group. He has extensive experience defending lawyers in malpractice claims, as well as counseling individual lawyers, law firms and legal departments on risk management and ethics issues. With his vast knowledge on the subject, Noah has been vital in developing a variety of risk management resources, including Hinshaw's Safety Net®. He is also the co-editor of Hinshaw's Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter and Cyber Alerts.

    Kevin J. Sullivan is the Senior Vice President - Program Manager for the LawyerGuard Program, which provides lawyers professional liability insurance to law firms on a nationwide basis. He has over 35 years of professional liability underwriting/management experience, focusing on lawyers professional liability since 1995.
  • Webinars
    The Aviation Law Committee, Aviation Products SLG, and the Women in the Law Committee are pleased to propose a webinar of all women litigators that explores how to try a products case in the new COVID/virtual world. This webinar will explore how to handle both a virtual trial or an in-person trial that requires social distancing and masks. Our esteemed panelists have experience in this new world of trials and will provide experience and insights to help defense counsel as well as in house attorneys structure their arguments and presentations to get the most benefit and biggest impact to the jury. Our panelists have experience with aviation, automotive, and premises liability so this webinar should appeal to many members. Further, we have secured a jury consultant that will be able to provide her real-world experience and recommendations.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    For more than a year the workforce has been in a crisis mode and employers are ready to get back to normal, but what will normal look like in a post-pandemic world? Are we able to go back to pre-pandemic operations? Do we want to? This session will look at what we learned in the pandemic, both internally and from groups like the EEOC and OSHA, and what steps we should consider when trying to get back to normal.

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

    Sponsored by DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies

    Join Dan Thompson, President and CEO of DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies, for this insightful webinar inspired by his own life experience and designed to explore the key role that a damages expert can play in product liability cases, as well as key guidance for how defense professionals can leverage national resources to support their findings.

    Presenter:
    Dan Thompson | President & CEO | DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologies
  • Webinars

    Sponsored by S-E-A

    A revolution in transportation has started as autonomous features are introduced and new technologies emerge. As vehicle takes control of driving tasks, the safety systems are recording data. Understanding these new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and the electronic records will provide valuable data to the crash analysis. We will explore what is available, how to use it, and what is coming next.

    Presenter:
    Shawn P. Ray, P.E., ACTAR, ASE, CFEI, CVFI, CFII | Senior Mechanical Engineer | S-E-A
  • Webinars
    What’s the difference between a copyright and a trademark? What types of patents exist, and what rights do they convey? What is a trade secret, and how can I make sure my clients take the right steps to protect information they want to keep secret? This webinar will answer these questions, and provide additional practical information about the basics of intellectual property law.

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

    Sponsored by S-E-A

    The presentation will explore the tactics, benefits, and hurdles of performing electrical testing to defend a product manufacturer in a subrogation suit. We’ll look at proper methodology, governing scientific principles, the lack of standards and protocols, testing data collection, and testing documentation. Lastly, defensive testing case studies will be shared and discussed.

    Presenter:
    Michael K. Rupp, P.E., CFEI, CVFI, S-E-A