2023 DRI Life, Health, Disability, and ERISA Seminar

April 26–28, 2023 | New Orleans, Louisiana

Landscape of New Orleans

Join Us for an Unforgettable Event in the Big Easy!

The nation’s best conference for Life, Health, and Disability practitioners is making its long-awaited appearance in the Big Easy, with best-in-class CLE, enhanced networking opportunities, and new ways to connect with your colleagues in a setting unlike anywhere else. Explore New Orleans with networking events that offer something for everyone and earn CLE from top industry leaders and practitioners. Plus, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off on April 28; come for the seminar and stay for a weekend of world class music and celebration. This is the seminar you will not want to miss!

View registration information here.

What You Will Learn:

  • Skills you can use, including bad faith litigation techniques, avoiding interpleader pitfalls, and making mediation effective;
  • An in-depth discussion of Supreme Court ERISA jurisprudence;
  • Cutting-edge data privacy issues including how artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting claims;
  • Litigation challenges involving In-Network and Out-of-Network Providers;
  • The latest developments in ongoing California policy lapse litigation; and
  • A thoughtful discussion on Dobbs, EMTALA and ERISA.

Expand Your Network By:

  • A variety of small group networking events, such as walking tours, a book club, a hands-on service project, morning runs, morning strolls, and morning “we aren’t moving fast but we will grab a beignet” outings. Your options for making lasting connections with your colleagues have never been better!
  • A Diversity and Inclusion Luncheon open to all attendees with a dynamic judicial speaker.
  • For the first time at our seminar, a special Thursday night Premier Networking Reception at the Creole Queen.

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

  • Corebridge Financial
  • Guardian Life Insurance Company
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Primerica
  • Sun Life
  • The Hartford
  • Transamerica

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Life, Health, and Disability Committee Leadership

Elizabeth G. Doolin
Elizabeth G. Doolin
Program Chair
Kristina N. Holmstrom
Kristina N. Holmstrom
Program Vice Chair
Jason James
Jason James
Program Second Vice Chair
Michelle Thurber Czapski
Michelle Thurber Czapski
Committee Chair
Sarah J. Delaney
Sarah J. Delaney
Committee Vice Chair
Kyle N. Kirby
Kyle N. Kirby
Corporate Co-Vice Chair
Z. Logan Gould
Z. Logan Gould
Corporate Co-Vice Chair
Pamela W. Carter
Pamela W. Carter
Law Institute

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Registration Information

  Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Regular Registration* $1,395 $1,695
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $995/person $995/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 four (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: Beveridge & Diamond PC, Carlton Fields, Husch Blackwell LLP, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart Moore & Daniels LLC, King & Spalding, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, Robinson + Cole LLP

Date: Thursday, April 27 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 Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Life, Health, and Disability, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law 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 stay dockside for continuous boarding and will offer light appetizers and beverages. 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

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*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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 9.75 hours of continuing legal education, including one (1) hour of ethics credit from this seminar.

Life, Health, Disability and ERISA CLE by State


DRI's Life, Health, Disability, and ERISA Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

Bodman Attorneys & Counselors
Carlton Fields Celebrating 120 Years CM&N Chittenden Murday & Novotny LLC
Faegre Drinker
Funk & Bolton
Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani NJL Nilan Johnson Lewis
Ogletree Deakins
RPC Research and Planning Consultants LP Robinson + Cole Rumberger | Kirk
Saul Ewing LLP logo
Wilson Elser

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

HandsOn New Orleans

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Stop by and help do some good in New Orleans!  We are teaming up with HandsOn New Orleans on Thursday, April 27th to put together hygiene kits to benefit New Orleans’ homeless population. Volunteers are needed—so please join us in helping the community while visiting with friends and colleagues. If you would like to support this great cause, please donate to the DRI Foundation using the link or QR code below. The DRI Foundation will donate the funds to HandsOn New Orleans. We appreciate your support!

To donate online:

  1. Click the "Donate" button or scan the QR code below.
  2. If you have an account with DRI, log in. Use the same login that you registered for this seminar.
  3. If you do not have an account with DRI, create a guest account.
  4. Select from one of the gift amounts or set your own amount. The default value is $100.
  5. Select your DRI Committee from "My SLC/Region" dropdown box.
  6. Click “Submit Donation.”
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  8. Enter your credit card information and click “Submit Order” once all required information is entered.


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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.

View On-Demand Library

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.