|Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)**
||$695 per person
||$695 per person
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Agenda with Speakers
This event will be held at the Conference Center, 111 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606. The room is in 2930 South Conference Room, located on the 29th floor.
*Schedule and Speakers subject to change
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Join colleagues at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own). Details for signing up will be circulated to registrants in advance of the program.
Friday, November 3, 2023
||Registration and Assorted Pastries/Coffee
||Welcome and Opening Remarks
Michelle Czapski, Bodman, Detroit, MI
||Disability Insurance Basics
Learn the differences between group and individual disability insurance policy clauses, defenses, and bad faith.
Kristina Holmstrom, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Phoenix, AZ
||Life Insurance Basics
Discussion of life insurance coverage, insurable interest, STOLI and accidental death coverage.
Elizabeth G. Doolin, Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC, Chicago, IL
Julie F. Wall, Chittendon, Murday & Novotny LLC, Chicago, IL
||Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Basics
Discussion of group accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy clauses, bases for claims, and defenses.
Brooks Magratten, Pierce Atwood LLP, Providence, RI
E. Ford Stephens, Christian & Barton, LLP, Richmond, VA
||Analyzing the Claim File and Preparing for Litigation
Practical tips for the ERISA life, health, and disability defense lawyer.
Byrne J. Decker, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Portland, ME
Joshua Bachrach, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Philadelphia, PA
||Discovery Issues and Strategies
Learn how to analyze and respond to discovery issues in life, health, and disability litigation.
Leonor Lagomasino, Gordon Rees., Miami, FL
Kimberly Jones, Faegre Drinker Biddle, Chicago, IL
||ERISA Litigation Primer
Discussion of the substantive and procedural legal issues that apply in ERISA-governed life, health, and disability litigation.
Mark E. Schmidtke, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Valparaiso, IN
||Health Insurance and Self-Funded Health Plans
Key industry concepts and terms, plus common claims and defenses.
James L. Griffith, Jr., Reger, Rizzo, Darnell LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Edna Kersting, Health Care Service Corporation, Chicago, IL
Headquarters Hotel Information
DRI has secured a discounted rate for seminar attendees at two Hyatt properties conveniently located in The Loop. To book your room at a discount rate, please access the links below.
DRI's New Life, Health, and Disability Lawyers Boot Camp is proudly sponsored by:
Thank you to our Official Supporter: TBD
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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.
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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
Law Practice Management Credit
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL
Ronna Kinsella, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox PC, Memphis, TN
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:
- the importance of succession planning for the benefit both the law firm and its clients;
- how succession planning impacts retention and continuity of the firm and client relationships;
- how to approach the subject with senior attorneys; and
- 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
Mental Health & Attorney Wellness
Alyssa Johnson, Barron & Newberger PC, Milwaukee, WI
Clare Roubion, Louisiana Legal Ethics, LLC, Lafayette, LA
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