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.

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 (please allow 10 days for processing). Registrations received after July 21, 2021 will be processed on-site.



Seminar Full Agenda (Coming Soon)



Seminar Speaker List (Coming Soon)


Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Take advantage of the group rate of $248.00 Single/Double in one of two ways:

  • Reserve Online
  • Contact the hotel directly at 615.255.8400 and mention the DRI Seminar.

The hotel block is limited and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by July 21, 2021, to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after July 21, 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 multiple hours of continuing legal education hours from this seminar.

Seminar CLE Information (Coming Soon)



DRI's 2021 Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Virtual Seminar is proudly sponsored by (click the logo):


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


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