Past DRI Events

View previous programming from the past year.

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  • 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.

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Rimkus

    Join this webinar for insights into the engineering approach used to determine the root cause of product failures. At the conclusion of the course, participants will recognize the general categories of root cause for product failures and be able to identify the five possible phases of product failure analysis, initial questions that should be asked, and information needed by the expert to initiate an investigation.

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

    Presenters:
    Garrick F. Mitchell, P.E., ACTAR | Transportation Practice Leader | Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Webinars
    This webinar will provide a basic overview of legal procedure regularly utilized by commercial litigators. The practice area of commercial litigation encompasses many different substantive areas of law but generally includes representation of businesses and businesspeople. There are certain strategic decisions that commercial litigators regularly need to make and tools that they routinely use throughout the litigation process. This includes venue and removal to federal court, enforcement of arbitration clauses, preservation of evidence and electronically stored information, taking and defending corporate witness depositions, responding to subpoenas, and protecting confidentiality and privilege. Experienced commercial litigators Maryan Alexander and Sarah Elizabeth Spencer will cover these protocols and offer some tips for best practices. The presentation is geared toward young lawyers who are starting their commercial litigation journey and experienced litigators who want a refresher.
  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Exponent

    When a workplace injury or fatality involves a product, the actions of both the employer and the product manufacturer are often scrutinized. Workers’ compensation laws forbid most injured workers from suing their employers, but claims against manufacturers of products used in the workplace are common. Such claims often raise complex questions about interactions between the product, the workplace, and the workers. These questions can involve product design, usability, marketing, warnings, instructions, and maintenance requirements, as well as workplace safety management systems. This presentation will discuss how human factors professionals with expertise in occupational safety and health can evaluate the conduct of employers, workers, contractors, and product manufacturers in these contexts, including illustrative case studies involving industrial equipment, control software, and chemical products.

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

    Presenters:
    Chason J. Coelho, Ph.D., CSP, CFI | Senior Managing Scientist | Exponent
    Julia K. Diebol, Ph.D., CSP, C.P.S.M. | Senior Scientist | Exponent

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Envista Forensics

    Join this webinar to learn about3D Forensic Imaging, including insights for how a 3D immersive model can be created through the use of lasers and internal cameras. The session will explore how the technology has evolved over time, how it can be used in liability claims and subrogation, cases where the technology has assisted in the long-term documentation as well as the investigation of claims and more.

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

    Presenters:
    Wesley Grandlienard, PE | Technical Director – Electrical/Mechanical | Envista Forensics
    Andrew Bennett, IAAI-CFI(V) | Group Director – Major Loss, Fire & Explosion | Envista Forensics
  • Webinars

    The student loan pause ends on January 31, 2022. And while the federal payment pause brought some much-needed relief to those with federal student loan debt, it’s time to plan your next step. Laurel Road will share best practices for refinancing your student loans, how to take control of your student loans in 2022, and share any CARES Act updates.

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

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Exponent

    The introduction of plastic materials into widespread use in the building and construction industry has resulted in products that are often light weight, easy to install, and less expensive than their non-plastic counterparts. These attributes, among others, make plastic building materials an appealing option for contractors, architects, and designers. In this seminar, we will present case studies and common failure mechanisms involving plastics in building and construction applications (i.e., decking, siding, sealants, flooring, piping, windows, etc.) with focus on issues related to their formulation, manufacturing, and performance.

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

    Presenters:
    Michael D. Dimitriou, Ph.D. | Senior Manager, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry | Exponent
    Manuel Garcia-Leiner, Ph.D.
    Jericho L. Moll, Ph.D. | Senior Manager, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry | Exponent

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by Envista Forensics

    Technology has grown exponentially in the construction industry over the last decade and it continues to do so at a breakneck pace. As the size and complexity of projects increases, along with the speed with which they must get completed, technology is a virtual necessity for all construction companies. Threat actors continue to attack vulnerabilities in all industries, and every industry has unique vulnerabilities.

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

    Presenter:
    Lars Daniel, EnCE, CCPA, CCO, CTNS, CIPTS, CWA, CTA | Practice Leader: Digital Forensics | Envista Forensics

  • Webinars

    Sponsored by ESi

    This course will teach the concepts of current motion capture technology, which can inform scientists, engineers, and litigation stakeholders about human performance, to lay a solid foundation for the use of animated character motion in an engineering visualization.

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

    Presenters:
    Chuck Fox, Ph.D. | Senior Director of Technology Services | ESi
    Julius Roberts, M.S., P.E. | Senior Consultant | ESi