2021 Drug and Medical Device Virtual Seminar Agenda

Drug and Medical Device Virtual Seminar April 29-30, 2021

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time (Central) Program
10:00–11:30 a.m. In-House Breakout (Seminar registration required; attendance strictly limited to pharmaceutical/medical device company in-house counsel)

Join your in-house peers for a unique opportunity to discuss topics of importance to in-house counsel. Exchange ideas while networking with colleagues in a forum designed for in-house counsel by in-house counsel. For more information, email Gail Rodgers at gail.rodgers@dlapiper.com
11:30–11:55 a.m. Pre-Seminar Networking

Grab your lunch or a cup of coffee and say hello to friends before the Seminar starts!
12:00–12:15 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

Ted J. McDonald III, McDonald Veon PA, Overland Park, KS
Gail Rodgers, DLA Piper LLP (US), New York, NY
Erik W. Snapp, Dechert LLP, Chicago, IL
12:15–1:15 p.m. Together We Rise: 5 Actions to Build Inclusion

In this thought-provoking keynote, speaker and best-selling author, Michelle Silverthorn, will share the challenges to equity in the workplace, particularly in the legal profession. She will explore bias, microaggressions, privilege, and racism, and leave attendees with both the individual and systemic changes each person can put into place to create spaces of equity and inclusion. Using lived experiences, best practices, and the very real truths of the past year in America, Michelle will take attendees through a journey from recognizing why diversity matters, to making it matter for good.

*This presentation is approved for Diversity & Inclusion credit in New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

Michelle Silverthorn, Inclusion Nation, Chicago, IL
1:15–1:30 p.m. DRI Cares - Community Service Project

Open Book Presentation
1:30–2:30 p.m. Beyond the Doctor’s Office: When Technology Expands The Reach of Patient Care

This panel will discuss the impact of cutting-edge technology on patient care and its legal implications, including challenges and opportunities presented by patient-directed apps and tools; FDA guidance on mobile medical apps and their failure; and the impact of telehealth on product liability concepts.

Michele S. Adeleye, Pfizer, New York, NY
Tamar Kelber, Gass Weber Mullins, Milwaukee, WI
Quinn Shean, Tusk Ventures, Chicago, IL
2:30–3:00 p.m. Breakout 1: Chat with Michelle Siverthorn

Breakout 2: Coffee Break Networking
3:00–4:00 p.m. In-House Counsel Roundtable (presented by DMD Young Lawyers)

Learn from a panel of in-house counsel how COVID-19 has changed our practice – particularly for young lawyers and the senior attorneys who work with them – and whether those changes will last as life returns to "normal." This in-house panel will discuss how remote proceedings and interactions impact young lawyers’ access to opportunities, the information in-house counsel consider when determining whether a lawyer is ready for additional responsibility, remote working-related practices valued by in-house counsel, and practice pointers for all lawyers to succeed in their client relationships.

Cassandra Lee Matos, Organon & Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. scheduled to spin off as a separate company in 2021, Philadelphia, PA
Squire Servance, Repligen Corporation, Waltham, MA
Erica Yen, Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc., El Segundo, CA

Charissa Walker, Tucker Ellis, Cleveland, OH
4:00–5:00 p.m. Networking Reception with Icebreakers
Networking/Happy Hour led by DMD Young Lawyers (open to all).

Trivia Hour/Networking
Test your trivia knowledge in a fun format with friends old and new.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Time (Central) Program
8:00–8:45 a.m. DRI for Life Virtual Workout

Contact Shannon Beamer at sebeamer@venable.com for information.
10:00–10:30 a.m. DMD Committee Meeting – All Are Welcome

Share your ideas and learn about opportunities to get involved in the Drug and Medical Device Committee.
10:30–10:55 a.m. Pre-Seminar Networking

Bring your morning beverage and say hello to friends before Day 2 of the Seminar starts!
11:00–11:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Sheila S. Boston, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, New York, NY
Jennifer Snyder Heis, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Cincinnati, OH
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Life After Remand

Life after remand can look very different depending on the particulars of the MDL in which you are involved. For example, some MDL courts conduct almost no case specific discovery before remand, while others complete almost all. The panel will discuss some of the differences in life after remand, but more importantly, the similarities that are inherent in any large products litigation.

Connie Matteo, Pfizer Inc., Peapack, NJ
Zane Riester, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
Kari Sutherland, Butler Snow, Oxford, MS
Pamela J. Yates, Arnold & Porter, Los Angeles, CA
12:15–12:45 p.m. Coffee Break Networking
12:45–1:45 p.m. Ethically Walking the Social Media Tightrope

This panel will address the current social media environment and how defense counsel’s ethical obligations intersect with our own social media use and that of our clients, our firms and our opposing counsel, particularly as they apply to drug and medical device defense counsel.

Larissa Eustice, Bayer, Whippany, NJ
Alison Oliver, Smith & Carson, Austin, TX
John Browning, Spencer Fane LLP, Plano, TX
1:45–2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Sheila S. Boston, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, New York, NY
Jennifer Snyder Heis, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Cincinnati, OH
2:00–3:00 p.m. Happy Hour/Coffee and Tea

DRI Cares

Open Books

Open Books, a nonprofit based in Chicago, provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the sale of donated books. Through their Book Grants, they provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Each week, they deliver thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across Chicagoland. Open Books has recently partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to present Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Chicago. The Open Books Imagination Library program will provide every child between 0-5 in Chicago with access to free, age-appropriate books directly to their homes. The books arrive by mail every month from birth until the child turns 5. Each book is brand new and carefully selected by a panel of experts on childhood literacy and early education.

Open Books is a generous donor that has agreed to match all DRI gifts for this fundraising competition up to $20,000!

NEW THIS YEAR: DRI's Drug and Medical Device Committee is going head-to-head in a fundraising competition with DRI’s Women in the Law Committee in order to support Open Books, a nonprofit that provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the sale of donated books. Donate directly to Open Books using Venmo (@Open-Books), but you must add a note that your donation is for Drug and Medical Device.