General Information

DRI's 2021 Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar takes place on Thursday, August 19 to Saturday, August 21 at Renaissance Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.

Join us in Nashville, Tennessee for the 34th annual Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar. This year's seminar will address the legal landscape after the global pandemic of COVID-19. We'll hear about how the pandemic impacted government entities and what is being done about it. We'll also have an honest discussion with high ranking current and former law enforcement officers of color – they will address whether the race of the defendant officer is a relevant factor that should not be avoided when developing the defense strategy. We'll once again hear about the most relevant cases heard by the SCOTUS by nationally recognized legal scholars. Additionally, if you've struggled with preparing a witness, struggle no more. We'll learn from a prominent witness and jury consultant on how to turn a poor witness into a star. What you hear could save your case. Indeed, this year we are not only taking on cutting edge topics, but we are discussing cutting edge issues, e.g., transgender inmates, student bullying and suicide, unconscious bias just to name a few. Of course, in addition to outstanding programing, you'll also have plenty of time to interact with clients, colleagues, and friends. We'll see you in Nashville.

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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 July 21, 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 July 21, 2021. Registrations received after July 21, 2021 will be processed on-site.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate.

Networking Reception at Ole Smokey
Friday, August 20, 2021 8:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Join all your DRI friends and colleagues Friday evening for a networking reception that will be held at Ole Smokey. Together we will reconnect, share some late-night bites, and enjoy adult beverages along the way. It will be an evening not to be missed!!*

Registration for this event will be on the DRI seminar registration page. You will need to scroll down after the First Timers Questions to purchase tickets. You must register by August 12, 2021.

*The cost is $95 per ticket and tickets are nonrefundable.



Civil Rights Full Agenda



Seminar Speaker List (Coming Soon)


Hotel and Travel Information

DRI's room block is currently sold out at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. For your convenience, please see this list of hotels nearby the seminar venue (PDF). Please continue to check back with the hotel as rooms become available when cancellations occur within the DRI block.


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 11.50 hours of continuing legal education hours from this seminar.

Civil Rights CLE Information (PDF)



DRI's 2021 Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

AGHW Allen Glaessner Hazelwood Werth

Erlingson Banks Attorneys at Law

Kineticorp + JS | Held

Kightlinger Gray

MCL MacMain Connell & Leinhauser

MD Marshall Dennehey

Schiller | Barnes | Maloney PLLC


If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.


DRI Cares


Our selected beneficiary of this year’s fundraiser is the 100 Club of Nashville. 100 Club of Nashville was founded in 1979 and exists to provide for the dependents of police officers and firefighters who lose their lives or who are injured in the line of duty. We will be collecting funds to benefit this worthy charity and are seeking 100% participation.

THERE’S A PRIZE! The Product Liability and Governmental Liability Committees are in a friendly competition to see who’s the biggest giver. The committee with the higher percentage of participation among its members wins a prize and bragging rights for a year. Let the giving begin! Stay tuned for a special QR Code to make your donation. There will also be a raffle giveaway with local items for participants.

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 Governmental Liability Committee

Monté L. Williams
Program Chair

Tia J. Combs and Katherine E. Lengiewicz
Program Vice Chairs

Jody C. Corbett
Committee Chair

Ryan M. Kunhart
Committee Vice Chair


Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding DRI programs, please contact DRI Customer Service at 312.795.1101 or