Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

Click on upcoming seminars and webinars to see what's events are coming soon to DRI.


  • Webinars
    The DRI Protect and Serve Task Force will host a town hall that will focus on recent mass shootings in schools and the broader context of the role of law enforcement in addressing violence and crime in schools. The panel will discuss whether law enforcement officers should be part of the school community. If so, what is the proper role and relationship of those officers to the administration, the students, and the community? What unintended consequences might arise from any changes?

    Please note: The town hall is free of charge.
  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Laurel Road

    Laurel Road invites you to a free Student Loans Best Practices webinar on Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time/1:00 p.m. Eastern.

    The webinar will cover:

    1. How to position your student loans in light of interest rate uncertainty
    2. What does the federal student loan payment and interest pause mean for your student loans?
    3. What is student loan refinancing, and am I eligible?
    4. Will refinancing affect my credit score?
    5. Could I save by refinancing?

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

  • Webinars
    The idea of “staged” accidents and motor vehicle accident fraud may seem like something out of a Fast and the Furious movie plot. However, those in the commercial transportation and insurance industries know that fraudulent accidents are an increasing problem that costs companies, insurers, and consumers billions of dollars each year. Far from a random, one-off act by an unsophisticated ne’er-do-well, fraudulent accidents are typically perpetrated by well-organized criminal rings. This presentation addresses common scenarios for staged accidents and fraudulent personal injury claims, as well as red flags that drivers, motor carriers, insurers, and defense attorneys should be on the lookout for when an accident or injury claim seems questionable. We will also discuss tips for investigating and defending against suspicious accidents and claims.

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

    Sponsored by Exponent

    Digital technologies provide a key element in differentiating therapeutic value for life sciences firms and their customers. Deploying these technologies can enhance value in clinical development, commercialization, and life cycle management, with further potential to remove barriers to care and empower individuals to take greater control over their health. This webinar will explore the benefits of deploying digital technologies to augment clinical and administrative information in developing convergent evidence that supports differentiating and optimizing the value of therapeutics. We will discuss practical considerations for scaling and replicating use, selecting "fit-for-purpose" technology, leveraging person-centric cohorts, and capturing value in use.

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

  • Webinars

    MARC Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition

    DRI and MARC (Medicare Advocacy Recovery Coalition) have two informative MSP webinars in the works designed to make sure you are up to date on the law and provide essential information and resources to navigate the ever changing and complex MSP laws. The first webinar in the series will be on August 4, 2022.

    A private cause of action was first added to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act in 1986 and was later revised in 1989. But did you know that there is legislation being introduced to eliminate the burdensome private cause of action? Join us for this fascinating webinar where you will:

    • Learn about the current MSP private cause of action
    • How to navigate MSP claims to avoid potential exposure
    • What’s being done to reform the law through the Repair Abuses of MSP Payments (RAMP) Act

    DRI and MARC (a national coalition of companies and other stakeholders with an interest in the Medicare Secondary Payer "MSP" Program) have partnered for over 10 years to bring attention to, build solutions for compliance with, and improve the MSP program.

  • Webinars
    Social media is omnipresent in today’s world. Facebook posts, Tweets, and Instagram DM’s are frequently sources of critical information in many legal disputes. It is critical that attorneys preparing for trial are confident in their ability to admit social media evidence so that it may be considered by the jury. This program will explain why social media evidence unique, the relevant legal standards, and how to admit social media evidence during at trial. Attendees will practice the steps of authenticating and admitting social media evidence in a small group setting and will receive feedback from experienced trial attorneys on using this skill. Attendees will also learn the fundamentals of the legal issues related to using social media evidence.

    The registration is $150 for DRI members and $250 for non-members. Registration for each hands-on, skills based webinar is limited to 30 to allow for maximum participation.
  • Webinars
    Through the collective wisdom of three lawyers –two in the claims arena and one who defends catastrophic injury cases and mediates them– the presentation covers six best practices for getting the best result for your defense client at mediation. 

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a common disease process encountered by emergency medicine and intensive care physicians.  With an estimated 200,000 patient encounters a year, ARDS is caused by a broad range of etiologies, ranging from viral and bacterial pneumonia to pancreatitis and major trauma.  The management of ARDS has significantly advanced in the last 20 years and has improved patient outcomes.  Current hurdles still exist in early recognition, advancements in medications and appropriate triaging to tertiary centers.  This program will also address defending ARDS cases including tips for deposing witnesses on symptoms and causation, how to gather and use expert testimony in this area and more.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    A high level overview on the legal status of cannabis in the US, from state to state, with a primer on federal legalization efforts, and some information on the FDA / EPA approach to cannabis. May also discuss hemp, CBD, and Delta 8 THC.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Navigating the various and sometimes overlapping intellectual property rights and protections can be difficult for any litigator advising their client in a dispute, especially when that dispute involves rights held personally by an individually.

    The panel will discuss common themes in intellectual property litigation across the variety of related disciplines, including the right of publicity and recent legal changes related to a person's "name image and likeness", copyright issues affecting artists and those litigating with them, and unique trademark aspects of IP litigation related to individuals - such as the right to use one's name as a trademark.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Whether due to civil unrest, storm damage, extensions of statutes of limitation or COVID-19, or other events that result in a large number of claims, pressure is being placed on insurers by governors, state legislatures and departments of insurance to pay these claims in an expedited manner. This presentation will explore the issues and impact of public pressure and government action on insurers when presented with catastrophes, and explain how carriers can ensure claims are adjusted and fairly paid.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Affirmative action was put in place by way of President Lyndon Johnson's Executive Order of 1965. Ever since President Johnson entered the Order, issues related to affirmative action have made their way to the United States Supreme Court several times. In 2022, the Court is poised to take up the issue of affirmative action again when it considers two pending cases related to college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.

    This program will provide an analysis of the history and evolution of affirmative action and will address the possible impact of the forthcoming Supreme Court rulings. Finally, the program will address what possible impacts the Supreme Court's rulings may have on inclusion & diversity efforts.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    This webinar will equip trial lawyers to handle the challenging task of cross-examining a plaintiff claiming significant injury. Defense counsel is between a rock and a hard place: push too hard in the wrong way and create sympathy for the plaintiff; hold back too much and the defense fails to point out critical flaws in the plaintiff's case. Plaintiff's counsel is always ready to exploit this dilemma. Our panel of veterans will discuss when to opt for a deposition-focused or trial-focused approach, how to prepare for either, and an appropriate tone to discredit the plaintiff's testimony without engendering jury sympathy.

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

    Sponsored by J.S. Held

    Video cameras capture important events connected to civil and criminal matters on a regular basis. With an ever-increasing number of cameras recording these events, there are instances when more than one camera is capturing the event at the same time from different vantages. Information contained in these additional cameras can aid in understanding key moments of the event. Incorporating video from multiple cameras for analysis of these events often requires synchronization of the videos. This research investigates methods of synchronization and the reliability of these methods. Video from body-worn cameras, dash mounted cameras, surveillance cameras, drone, and cell phone cameras was assessed. Audio video synchronization and issues related to synchronizing one video to another including frame rates and temporal drift were evaluated. The results describe the accuracy with which these videos can be synchronized using various methods.

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

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by J.S. Held

    Some of the most common collision scenarios accident reconstructionists encounter involve vehicles impacting the side of left turning tractor trailers. Determining how long it takes heavy trucks to turn is key to ultimately understanding whether other vehicles could have avoided collisions with the heavy trucks. The research presented here comprises many hours of live recordings and observations of real-world events which capture the characteristics of heavy truck movement in intersections. This naturalistic study analyzed when trucks turn, how they turn, the paths they take, and the time and speed needed for them to complete turns safely.

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

  • Webinars
    This webinar will discuss the difficulties that can ensue when an employer/plan sponsor mishandles enrollment, including the failure to obtain evidence of insurability when required, deducting premimiums when there are no coverage in place for the individual or misrepresenting available benefits or coverage. We will address the division of responsibilities, the ability of agency law, recourse for mistakes made as well as waiver and estoppel issues under state and ERISA laws.

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    Trucking losses may involve novel coverage issues which require attorneys and claims adjusters to be knowledgeable of the evaluation process required to identify key facts and make proper coverage and liability decisions. 

    The registration rate is $75 for DRI members and $150 for non-members.
  • Webinars
    In this webinar we cover the importance of reviewing recorded prison calls to properly defend against Section 1983 claims of police misconduct and in particular reverse conviction and malicious prosecution lawsuits.  We will share real cases where our systematic review of prison calls led to the outright dismissal of high exposure lawsuits.

    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 March 3, 2022, beginning at 12:00 p.m. (CST) 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:

    Bernard Parks, Former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and Former Councilmember, Los Angeles City Council

    Shawn Brokos, Director of Community Security, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

    Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)

    Susan M. Lin, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP, Philadelphia, PA

    Isaiah Thomas, Councilmember, At-Large, Philadelphia City Council

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

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by AM Best

    Headline verdict amounts continue to rise, dragging up settlement values and turning claims scenarios into high-stakes negotiations. A panel of insurance defense experts explain how new research and strategies are helping insurers to better assess, triage and limit their litigation liabilities, and how to counter an increasingly better funded, coordinated and sophisticated plaintiff's bar.

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