General Information

DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Seminar will take place May 27-28, 2021 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown in Nashville, TN. Whether you are a seasoned appellate advocate or new to the practice, join us to learn best practices for preservation, remote arguments, handling stare decisis, writing, and more from your peers and judges.

Presentations will offer advice on classic appellate subjects, along with insights for appellate advocates working through the pandemic and what comes next.

As a special bonus, Appellate Advocacy Seminar attendees will join Employment and Labor Law Seminar attendees for joint programming and networking events. Nashville is the home of great food and even greater music. This year’s seminar promises to be one to remember!

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Registration Information

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DRI Member Pricing: $995
Non-Member Pricing: $1,195

DRI Member Pricing: $1,095
Non-Member Pricing: $1,295

DRI Member Pricing: $695
Non-Member Pricing: $695

Register by April 26, 2021 to receive the early registration rate. If you wish to have your name appear on the registration list distributed at the seminar and receive the course materials in advance, DRI must receive your registration by April 26, 2021 (please allow 10 days for processing). Registrations received after April 26, 2021 will be processed on-site.



Seminar Full Agenda



Seminar Speaker List


Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, 121 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201. Take advantage of the group rate of $259.00 Single/Double in one of two ways:

The hotel block is limited and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by April 26, 2021 to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after April 26, 2021 are subject to room and rate availability. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the seminar.


Travel Discounts: DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI seminar attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908. If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form at Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.


CLE Information

Earn up to 9 hours of continuing legal education hours from this seminar, including 1 hour of ethics.



If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please contact:

John Stults
Phone: 312.698.6216


Event Terms

Read the Event Terms, including DRI’s risk-free registration policy


In-House Counsel and Claims Executives Initiatives

Read the In-House Counsel and Claims Executives Initiatives


Thank You to DRI’s Appellate Advocacy Committee

Adam W. Hofmann
Program Chair

Matthew T. Nelson
Program Vice Chair

Lisa M. Baird
Committee Chair

Sarah E. Spencer
Committee Vice Chair

M. Re Knack
Law Institute