2023 DRI Cannabis Law Seminar

May 2–3, 2023 | New Orleans, Louisiana

In a laboratory observing the effects of cannabis

Expand your Knowledge on the Emerging Cannabis Industry!

Wondering why cannabis is considered a Schedule I drug by the DEA and what efforts are being made to reschedule it? Or how the increased legalization and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has paved the path for other drugs with potentially therapeutic qualities? What about how wholesalers, retailers, and consumers complete monetary transactions for a federally illegal substance in this age of digital banking?

If these are top of mind in your practice, then the 2023 DRI Cannabis Seminar is the place to be! Join us in New Orleans to listen to thought leaders from across the industry – from businesses to bankers to scientists to lawyers to insurers – as they present on exciting subjects such as recent efforts to research and reschedule cannabis; privacy concerns for businesses and consumers engaged in cannabis transactions; fintech infrastructure specific to cannabis transactions; insurance concerns facing those involved in the cannabis industry; cannabis toxicology; and evolving rules and regulations of psychedelic and psychedelic-adjacent drugs in light of success with medicinal cannabis. Plus, don’t miss the cross-seminar presentation with the DRI Employment Law Seminar on the state of cannabis in the workplace.

View registration information here.

What You Will Learn:

  • Updates on the current state of cannabis legalization across the country, the short-term and long-term changes on the horizon, and how this translates to legalization and regulation of other scheduled substances.
  • Crossover between more traditional legal subjects and the ever-evolving cannabis industry, including consumer and business privacy concerns, financial infrastructure, and employment law.
  • Insurance opportunities and concerns for clients on a state level across the country.
  • The science of cannabis intoxication and amplification by concurrent use of other substances.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Meeting a wide variety of people involved in every area of the cannabis sector, from industry leaders to scientists to lawyers to insurers.
  • Pre- and post-seminar opportunities to engage in a less formal setting, including the Premier Networking Reception on the Creole Queen following the seminar.
  • Cross-seminar opportunities, including a joint session with the DRI Employment Law Seminar.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with key industry companies* including:

  • TBD

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Cannabis Law Committee Leadership

Patrick Price
Patrick Price
Program Chair
Tim Ferguson
Tim Ferguson
Program Vice Chair
Christopher T. Sheean
Christopher Sheean
Law Institute

Registration Information

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  Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Regular Registration* $1,095 $1,395 
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $695/person $695/person
Government Government members will receive the applicable government rate for the seminar upon login. If the government rate does not appear after logging in, please call DRI directly at (312) 795-1101 to receive the discounted rate. Invoices can be sent after purchase upon request.

*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.

**Group registration is for registering 4 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).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Reception | Creole Queen
Sponsored by: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Dechert LLP, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart Moore & Daniels LLC, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Tucker Ellis LLP, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Venable LLP

Date: Wednesday, May 3 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (Guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out. A limited number of guest tickets may be available on site for $125 each.)
Location: Creole Queen, 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA

Join the Cannabis Law, Employment and Labor Law, and the Drug and Medical Device committees for a networking event as we savor a taste of New Orleans aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen! Even though the Creole Queen would have been right at home among the steamboats of 1850's New Orleans, passengers of that era could never have conceived of a paddle wheeler with her luxury, comfort, and safety.

Please note the boat will remain dockside for continuous boarding, and there will be light appetizers and beverages available. The entrance to the Creole Queen is at the Poydras Street dock at Spanish Plaza, located behind the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Headquarters Hotel Information

The DRI room block at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside is now sold out on select dates. Please use the link below to reserve a room outside of the DRI block at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside or an available nearby hotel.

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CLE Information

Earn up to 6.00 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) from this seminar.

Cannabis Law CLE by State


DRI's Cannabis Law Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

King & Spalding

Thank you to our Official Supporter: TBD

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

Cardz for Kidz

Cardz for Kidz logo

Bring your creativity and join us in making cards for Cardz for Kidz, an organization dedicated to uplifting kids, families, veterans, and others experiencing hardship. Connie Matteo will provide us with tips and tricks to make the cards extra special. You also can donate to the organization online.

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NEW in 2023 – Four 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 hours that have been approved by each jurisdiction and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought. Access to these on-demand programs will expire 30 days after the seminar ends.

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Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Invisible or Mixed-Visible Diversity – Combatting Bias

Often diversity programs and initiatives are focused on visible traits such as gender or race, but bias exists related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and some disabilities that are not readily visible to the eye. This panel will discuss how to address these biases and to create an environment where those with invisible or mixed-visible diversity can operate at the highest level.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL
Ronna Kinsella, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox PC, Memphis, TN

Law Practice Management Credit

Succession Planning: Failing to Plan Is a Plan to Fail

Succession planning is considered one of the most pressing issues facing not only law firms but also clients. Senior partners are working into their golden years and can sometimes be reluctant to engage in a succession plan, but clients want to know that there is a plan for the transition of their work without interruption. Join us to learn:

  1. the importance of succession planning for the benefit both the law firm and its clients;
  2. how succession planning impacts retention and continuity of the firm and client relationships;
  3. how to approach the subject with senior attorneys; and
  4. strategies for implementing a successful succession plan.

Marie E. Chafe, Conn Kavanaugh, Boston, MA
Matthew Cairns, Textron Inc., Providence, RI
Elizabeth M. Brotten, Foley & Mansfield PLLP, Minneapolis, MN
Meade Hartfield, Bradley Arant, Birmingham, AL


Technology, Ethics & Remote Work: What You Need to Know Now

The Rules of Professional Conduct regarding competence and diligence require all lawyers to keep abreast of changes in technology. This webinar will provide you with tips and information on new issues related to technology and the practice of law, including the challenges of the remote work environment. You will learn the ethics and professionalism considerations when using technology in your practice and your ethical duties when it comes to “keeping abreast of changes” in technology.

Amber Garcia, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
Alyssa Johnson, Barron & Newberger PC, Milwaukee, WI
Clare Roubion, Louisiana Legal Ethics, LLC, Lafayette, LA

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Lessons for Lawyers from the Science of Well-Being

This presentation will focus on the practical steps that we can take as individuals to improve well-being, drawing on recent research from cognitive science and beginning with the preface that happiness can be learned and applied. Specifically, we will provide an evidence-based arsenal of practical tools that lawyers can apply in their own lives to improve their well-being.

Emma Ross, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL
Shayna Cook, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL

Other Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding DRI programs, please contact DRI Customer Service at 312.795.1101 or custservice@dri.org.