2022 DRI Young Lawyers Seminar

June 22–24, 2022 | Atlanta, Georgia

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Expand Your Network with DRI Young Lawyers!

Come down to A-Town with DRI’s Young Lawyers Committee! The seminar will focus on litigation skills from the initial investigation to closing arguments, and everything in between. In addition to the dynamic programming, attendees will have face-to-face learning experiences with in-house counsel during the Fast Pitch Program as well as ample networking opportunities with attorneys from around the country at an Atlanta Braves game and dine-arounds.

View registration information here.

What You Will Learn:

  • Skills for effective cross-examination
  • Effective voir dire techniques from the perspective of judges and practitioners
  • How to be a source of value for your in-house contacts
  • How to present a compelling and persuasive story from opening to closing

Expand Your Network By:

  • Develop connections with DRI members and in-house attorneys in the casual atmosphere of an Atlanta Braves game
  • Making face-to-face connections with in-house counsel during the Fast Pitch program
  • Building relationships with DRI members during small-group networking events, like a trip to the Coca-Cola Museum or visiting the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Participating with other Young Lawyer members in a cycling event that directly benefits Canine Assistants
  • Developing connections with Young Lawyer members during small-group dine-arounds

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Thank You to DRI's Young Lawyers Committee Leadership

Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy
Program Chair
Melissa H. Rose-DeMartini
Melissa H. Rose-DeMartini
Program Vice Chair
Valerie Phan
Valerie Phan
Program Vice Chair
Catherine Leatherwood
Catherine Leatherwood
Committee Chair
Brett Tarver
Brett Tarver
Committee First Vice Chair
Emily Ruzic
Emily Ruzic
Committee Second Vice Chair
J. Richard Moore
J. Richard Moore
Law Institute

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Registration Information

DRI Member Pricing: $795
Non-Member Pricing: $1,095

DRI Member Pricing: $1,095
Non-Member Pricing: $1,395

Early Bird Pricing: $695
Regular Pricing: $995

Register by May 9, 2022 to receive the early registration rate.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

Pricing: $645 per person

**Group registration is for registering 5 or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, please send an email to rstiner@dri.org (online registration is not available for this offering).

Diversity and Women in the Law Luncheon (International Buckhead Hotel)
Thursday, June 23 from 12:05–1:30 p.m.
Pricing: $73 per ticket**

The Diversity and WITL Luncheon will address the roles that generational gaps and the rise of remote working have played in the advancement, or lack thereof, of minority and female attorneys (panel listed in the agenda under Thursday, June 23).

Registration for this event will be on the DRI seminar registration page (click on Register Now button). You will need to scroll down to "Program" to purchase a ticket. You must purchase your ticket by Friday, June 17.

**Tickets are non-refundable. There's a maximum of two tickets per person.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Time (Eastern) Session Description
11:30 a.m. Lunch Arounds

Grow your network and your business with fellow Young Lawyers and enjoy local cuisine.

Sign-up for local Lunch-Arounds
12:30 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. Cross Examination Workshop

Join experienced litigators and trial lawyers from the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association in an interactive, skills-based workshop on cross-examination techniques. The workshop will focus on impeachment, using word emphasis to elicit desired responses, using documents with experts, and more. You will get hands-on experience and live feedback and walk away from this session with improved cross-examination skills, period.

The session is limited to (40) Young Lawyer registrants. Please contact Valerie Phan to sign up.

Presented by the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
3:00 p.m. Jump Start Your Seminar Networking Experience

Whether you’re a new member, non-member, seasoned attendee, or in-house counsel, join committee leaders and your fellow attendees to learn how to make the most of your networking opportunities this week.
4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Attending the Braves Game

Time (Eastern) Description
4:45 p.m. Buses to Atlanta Braves Game
Proudly Sponsored by Gordon Rees
5:20 p.m. Atlanta Braves Game

Join friends and colleagues from the Young Lawyers Committee and the Retail & Hospitality Committee and watch the reigning World Series Champions, the Atlanta Braves, as they take on the San Francisco Giants. The Event will include a pre-game networking reception, complete with heavy appetizers and an open bar, starting at 5:20 p.m. at Top of the Terrapin in Truist Park (home of the Atlanta Braves). This is an event you do not want to miss!


Not Attending the Braves Game

Time (Eastern) Description
5:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Joint reception with the DRI Retail & Hospitality Seminar.
6:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Build your book of business and meet new referral sources at local Dine-Arounds immediately following the networking reception.

Sign-up for local Dine-Arounds

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Time (Eastern) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration

Continental Breakfast - Coffee & Conversations

The early bird gets the most out of this networking session. We’ll meet and eat while getting to know each other through coffee cup conversation starters. Rise, shine, caffeinate and connect!
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

J. Richard Moore, Bleeke Dillon Crandall, P.C., Indianapolis, IN
Kevin McCarthy, Larson King, LLP, St. Paul, MN
8:15 a.m. Crafting Your Story: How to Develop and Assess the Facts as You Work Up the Case

This presentation will focus on best practices and strategies for working up a case from the time the case is initially handed to the associate, including initial fact investigation, written discovery, and initial fact development as part of an overall strategy to develop a theme and advance the client’s story at deposition, mediation, trial, etc.

Ashley Scarpetta, Watkins & Eager, PLLC, Birmingham, AL
Valerie Phan, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., San Diego, CA
9:15 a.m. Voir Dire from the Judicial Perspective

Attorneys often consider voir dire from their own perspective. But what is the judicial view of voir dire? This panel will focus on important considerations for voir dire from the judicial perspective. The discussion will cover what the judiciary considers to be important when evaluating strikes for cause, and what makes for an effective, or ineffective, voir dire.

Darin Williams, Laner Muchin Law Firm, Chicago, IL

Judge Jane Morrison, Fulton County State Court
Judge Leigh May, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
Judge Richard Story, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
10:00 a.m. Winning Jurors (and Your Case) in Voir Dire

You don’t get a second chance at a first impression. Many attorneys consider voir dire the place where you can win or lose your case. In this interactive presentation, healthcare litigator Stephanie Wurdock will share her tips and demonstrate how to identify “bad” jurors, establish the theme of your case, and—most importantly—win over the jury.

Stephanie Wurdock, MedPro Group, Fort Wayne, IN
10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:05 a.m. In-House Panel – Privacy & Ethics CLE

Data privacy, cybersecurity, and AI/ML. These words may or may not mean anything to you, but they have become largely commonplace for us all. As technology advances, we often face legal questions beyond the letter of the law – considering the rapid pace of new regulation in this area, the question of “what ought we be doing with data” is a necessary part of any legal assessment in the privacy space. Can we build systems that use less personal data but still allow for the curated, personalized experiences consumers expect? How do we account for the outsized role that these recommender systems, for example, will have in determining what ads and other content consumers experience in their digital interactions?

Society has questions, as reflected by the number of regulatory proposals and calls for more
transparency, exposure diversity, expanded user choices and controls, and unbundling of hosting and content curation. In this session, panelists will discuss the privacy and ethical challenges professionals and organizations may face handling personal and other data.

Jay Mattappally, Irwin, Fritchie, Urquhart & Moore, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA

Kaeley Brown, Snap Inc., Atlanta, GA
Andrea Bilbija, Sprinklr, Atlanta, GA
Wade K. Sims, Community Health Systems, Nashville, TN
12:05 p.m. Diversity and WITL Luncheon (Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel)

This panel will address the roles that generational gaps and the rise of remote working have played in the advancement, or lack thereof, of minority and female attorneys.

Vanessa Offutt, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Miami, FL

Joseph C. Chancey, Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Vianca Simpson-Orina, DLA Piper, New York, NY
M. Anne Kaufold-Wiggins, Balch & Bingham LLP, Atlanta, GA
John Lewis, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., Atlanta, GA

The Diversity and WITL luncheon is a ticketed event and registration is required (space is limited). You can purchase tickets through the website when you register. The cost is $73.00 per ticket and is non-refundable. The deadline to register for the luncheon is Friday, June 17.
1:35 p.m. Fast Pitch Breakout

Ready to wow in-house counsel? Come practice your pitch for business with some of the biggest names in business. Attendees will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with in-house counsel on their pitch and receive feedback in real time!

Limited enrollment. To sign up, please contact Trey Oliver.

In-House Counsel Companies Participating:
Community Health Systems, Kimberly Clark, MailChimp, MedPro Group, Snap Inc., Southern Company, Sprinklr
1:35 p.m. Safe or Unsafe: Reverse Reptile in Depositions

Plaintiffs’ most prevalent theme revolves around the safety rule. It is highly effective, pervasive in many areas of litigation, and difficult to dismantle. This presentation will address the pros and cons of utilizing reverse reptile theory in fact and corporate witness depositions and feature demonstrations of effective and ineffective techniques. In the first half of the presentation, we would address using the reptile technique against a plaintiff offensively. We would discuss what we would need to develop in written discovery to assess whether reverse reptile would be appropriate in a case, then demonstrate its effective use. In the second half of the presentation, we would discuss when it might be beneficial to use reverse reptile against a co-defendant or nonparty and demonstrate how to go about employing that strategy effectively.

Shelley Napolitano, Foley & Mansfield PLLP, New Orleans, LA
Nick Polavin, Ph.D., Litigation Insights, Overland Park, KS
2:35 p.m. Adjourn & Refreshment Break
2:45 p.m. Committee Meeting (open to all)
3:30 p.m. Small Group Networking Opportunities

For more details, click on the "Networking Opportunities" tab.
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Joint reception with the DRI Retail & Hospitality Seminar.
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Build your book of business and meet new referral sources at local Dine-Arounds immediately following the networking reception.

Sign-up for local Dine-Arounds

Friday, June 24, 2022

Time (Eastern) Session Description
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Business for Breakfast

Join our in-house counsel members, speakers and committee leaders for an opportunity to connect and engage in informal roundtable discussions about how business is impacting law and how law is impacting business.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Melissa H. Rose-DeMartini, Perkins Coie LLP, San Diego, CA
9:05 a.m. A Day in the Life of In-House Counsel

In-house counsel face pressures every day that are not apparent to their outside defense counsel. This panel will focus on the expectations placed on in-house counsel, and how their outside defense counsel can actively assist them in meeting those expectations.

Lucy Aquino, Cozen O'Connor, Atlanta, GA

Bryan Stillwagon, Cox Enterprises, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Jessica Holland, Resurgens Orthopaedics, Atlanta, GA
10:05 a.m. Breakout Sessions

The Decision to Go In-House

Our accomplished panel of in-house counsel will lead the discussion on considerations and challenges when contemplating a move in-house. Panelists will provide unique perspectives from their own experiences and practical tips on things you can do now to prepare yourself for a successful transition if a move in-house is on your future radar.

Carmen Weite, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Birmingham, AL

Brandi Powe, Primerica, Inc., Atlanta,GA
Felicia Long, Southern Company, Birmingham, AL
Keith Stephens, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc., Vance, AL

Succeeding in the Practice of Law as a Parent

A panel discussion about finding the right balance between your law practice and your family, creating (and sticking to) boundaries, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has re-shaped the priorities of working parents. This panel will also discuss what law firms and companies can do to support attorneys who are parents.

Denis Alia, Cetrulo, LLP, Boston, MA

Sam Park, Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer LLP, Norristown, PA
Melody Kiella, Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, Atlanta, GA

Preparing Expert Witnesses

Young lawyers may struggle to engage with experts both in terms of developing the expert’s substantive opinions and how to procedurally navigate communications and sharing of materials, bearing in mind complex—and often ambiguous—discovery rules that vary across jurisdictions. This presentation will cover best practices for every stage of the litigation from finding an appropriate expert, through motion practice, and in preparing and presenting your expert’s opinions at trial.

Luke Bosso, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta, GA
Amber Barlow Garcia, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
11:05 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:30 a.m. Experience of Attorneys Who Identify as Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community (Diversity)

This panel will focus on the experience of LGBTQIA+ members in the legal community, both from an in-house and law firm perspective, and will provide guidance to attendees on how they can be allies for LGBTQIA+ attorneys entering the workforce.

Patrick Becker, Southern Company, Atlanta, GA
Kurtis McManus, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP, New York, NY
Jessica MacAllister, Holland & Knight LLP, Atlanta, GA
Brandon D. Cox, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Atlanta, GA
12:30 p.m. MDL Bellwether: Opening Statement

We know that trials are often won or lost by the end of opening statements. And with trials becoming more rare every year, this presentation would focus on what it is actually like to prepare an opening statement. It would weave in the importance of MILs, exhibits, and experts and how to best leverage all for the most persuasive opening statement.

Troy Bell, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans, LA
Torrey Peterson, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Kansas City, MO
1:30 p.m. Adjourn

Networking Opportunities (Thursday 3:30 p.m.)

Explore Atlanta and all of its sightseeing adventures! Plan your visit to the College Football Hall of Fame, High Museum of Art, the Georgia Aquarium, and more.

Sign-up for small group networking events here!

For more information about the small group networking events, please contact Jami Ishee and Alex Barnstead.

DRI Cares - DRI Young Lawyers Wellness and Philanthropy Event at CycleBar in Buckhead, GA

Click here to learn more about DRI's Wellness and Philanthropy Event at CycleBar.

Coca-Cola Museum

Cost of admission is $18 (military admission is free of charge).

College Football Hall of Fame

Cost of admission is $24.99 (military admission is free of charge).

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Cost of admission is $16. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Georgia Aquarium

Cost of admission is $36.95.

High Museum of Art

Cost of admission is $16.50 (military admission is free).


NEW in 2022 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning which courses have been approved by which states and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny were meant to eliminate bias in jury selection. But has that happened? This program will address that question and discuss issues of bias in the courtroom more broadly and will challenge viewers to recognize their own biases and to learn how those biases could affect their assessment of potential jurors, witnesses, judges, and adversaries. The program also will provide viewers with skills on how to identify the biases of potential jurors and how those biases could come into play during deliberations.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL


Investigating claims and lawsuits often requires interviews with employees. Corporate in-house attorneys and their outside counsel need to be able to identify potential conflicts of interest and confidentiality issues with employees who may leave their employment and become opposing counsel’s best witness.

Kristie S. Crawford, Brown & James, Springfield, MO
Lauren Buford, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Study after study suggests that lawyers aren’t happy. Continued unhappiness impacts performance, relationships, and physical health. That’s the bad news. The good news is that research proven interventions exist that increase happiness without requiring a radical change in circumstances. Even a slight increase in happiness has a lasting impact on both your current performance and resilience, not to mention, happier just feels better. This program will quickly, efficiently, and practically explain why happiness matters and offer tools you can use today to work, lead, and live happier.

Rebecca Morrison, Aldie VA

Law Practice Management

Law firms must operate more efficiently to ensure they can deliver high-quality services, handle more volume and maintain a profit margin in today’s climate of rate pressure and rising costs. Understanding Key Performance Indicators and law firm analytics concerning financial, operational and client service data are key to mastering law firm performance management. This presentation will address methods to collect information necessary for evaluating key areas of performance, identify tools and techniques to analyze data and generate action items and more.

Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Jan Sander, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Sean Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA

Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. Take advantage of the group rate of $219.00 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 May 27, 2022 to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after that date 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 www.dt.com. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.

CLE Information

Earn up to 10.00 hours of continuing legal education hours, including 1 hour of ethics credit from this seminar.

Young Lawyers CLE Grid (PDF)


DRI's Young Lawyers seminar is proudly sponsored by:

Harris Beach PLLC Attorneys at Law Discover True Engagement
Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP
Hill Ward Henderson Attorneys at Law
Laffey Letiner Goode LLC S-E-A Know.
Troutman Pepper Watkins & Eager

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

CycleBarDRI Cares - DRI Young Lawyers Wellness and Philanthropy Event at CycleBar in Buckhead, GA
Thursday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Join fellow Young Lawyers in cycle bar class at CycleBar in Buckhead. The cost of the event is $30 per person. Space is limited to 40 riders. Learn more about CycleBar.

A portion of proceeds from the ride will directly benefit Canine Assistants. Learn more about Canine Assistants.

For more information about the Wellness and Philanthropy Event at CycleBar Buckhead, including availability of bikes, please contact Amber Eklof and Taryn Harper.

The fee for the class is $30, and all proceeds will be donated to Canine Assistants. Instructions for making payment will be emailed to those who sign up. To join, click the "Sign-Up" button to enter your contact information. Then click the "Submit Payment" button to pay for the event. Use the same login that you registered for this seminar.

Step 1 - Sign-up for DRI Cares

Step 2 - Submit Payment (Login Required)

For those that are unable to attend the Cycle Bar, you can also donate using your phone. Text ATTORNEYATPAW to 44321 and you'll be sent a link to make a monetary donation to Canine Assistants.

Event Terms

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In-House Counsel and Claims Executives Initiatives

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