2024 DRI Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar

January 17–19, 2024 | Phoenix, Arizona

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Develop Winning Litigation Strategies with Renowned Experts!

DRI is proud to announce the 37th annual Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar in Phoenix, AZ! This seminar will provide you with invaluable information and tools to represent your governmental clients. This year’s faculty include preeminent insurance professionals, a renowned Supreme Court advocate, a qualified immunity scholar, and Section 1983 experts from across the United States. Attendees will develop litigation and trial tactics, including maintaining client relations, defending officer depositions, addressing medical causation in use-of-force cases, giving an opening statement, and more! As always, attendees will also have opportunities to network and exchange ideas and winning strategies with experienced litigators and insurance professionals. See you in Phoenix!

What You Will Learn:

  • How to defend a police case every step of the way, from day one to the first day of trial.
  • The science behind the force that officers use and how that impacts liability defense and medical causation.
  • The latest developments in qualified immunity.
  • Tips and strategies for addressing homelessness-related claims.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Meeting lawyers from across the US that defend governmental entities, resulting in the expansion of your lawyer-to-lawyer referral network.
  • Engaging with clients and colleagues while enjoying a cocktail during our networking happy hours.
  • Attending Dine-Arounds with fellow seminar attendees at local restaurants.

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

  • Kentucky League of Cities
  • Munich Re Specialty Insurance
  • Tokio Marine
  • Travelers

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Governmental Liability Committee Leadership

Kevin P. Allen
Kevin Allen
Program Chair
Tricia Ambrose
Tricia Ambrose
Program Vice Chair
Ryan Kunhart
Ryan Kunhart
Committee Chair
Monté L. Williams
Monté Williams
Committee Vice Chair
June J. Essis
June J. Essis
Law Institute

Join the Governmental Liability Committee

Registration Information

Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Onsite Registration $1,695 $2,095 $2,015
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $1,095 per person $1,095 per person $1,095 per 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.

Not a DRI Member? Select the Non-Member Bundle and Save!

^ Not a DRI Member and want to save on your registration? Take advantage of the Non-Member / Trial Membership Bundle when you register for the DRI Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar. Select the bundle and get up to 9 months of membership with the membership add-on when you check out. Note: Trial membership processing can take up to 30 days from the date of purchase, please contact DRI Customer Service with any questions.

Learn more about membership at DRI and get started on your DRI journey today!

*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 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, fill out the form here (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Reception
Sponsored by: Hartline Barger LLP, Cox PLLC, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

Date: Thursday, January 18 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar
Location: Valley Overlook at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

Join us for an evening of networking and knowledge exchange at our Premier Networking Reception in the Valley Overlook at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, January 18th. Enjoy making meaningful connections with fellow attendees, speakers, and industry professionals with a delightful selection of appetizers and a variety of beverages. Whether you're looking to forge new professional relationships, share insights, or simply unwind after a day of enriching seminars, this event promises to be a highlight of your educational experience. The Premier Networking Reception is not only an occasion to enhance your professional connections but also a celebration of shared learning and growth. We look forward to seeing you there!

Agenda with Speakers

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Headquarters Hotel Information

The DRI room block at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is now sold out. Please use the link below to reserve a room at a nearby available hotel.

Alternative Hotels

If you are planning on attending the seminar and have not secured a hotel reservation, search for hotel availability via our trusted partner aRes Travel**.

**aRes Travel is a third-party travel planner. Rates, deposits, and cancellation policies may vary and are the responsibility of the guest. Questions on hotel policies or payments made on aRes website should be directed to the aRes Reservation Center or to the hotel directly.

CLE Information

Earn up to 10.50 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE), including 1.00 hour of Ethics from this seminar.

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In some states that charge late CLE submission fees, there will be a $100 late fee to report CLE credits submitted more than 30 days after a seminar/virtual event. Click the button below for more details.

CLE Late Fees


DRI's Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

AGHW Allen Glaessner Hazelwood Werth Axon logo BM Barnes Maloney PLLC Attorneys Erlingson Banks Attorneys at Law
FMG Law Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP H|B|S Hall Booth Smith, P.C. Attorneys at Law JS | Held Kightlinger Gray MCL MacMain Connell & Leinhauser MD Marshall Dennehey
Pointed Discovery Jail & Prison Call Review Specialists VirTra 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.

DRI Cares

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack Who Will Feed the Kids this Weekend?

Please join us in supporting Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to fill bags of food on the way to the joint networking lunch on Thursday, January 18. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Phoenix community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

St. Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent De Paul Phoenix logo

DRI Cares is excited to offer a local opportunity to serve the Phoenix community and catch up with old (and new!) friends before the January seminars begin. Please join us at St. Vincent De Paul on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 8:45–11:30 a.m. (meet in the lobby at 8:15 a.m.) as we serve in the kitchen. St. Vincent de Paul produces over 5,000 meals per day, 365 days a year. Meals are distributed in the dining rooms and to social service agency partners. Learn more and sign up today!

Volunteer at St. Vincent De Paul

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.