2024 DRI Young Lawyers Seminar

June 12–14, 2024 | Nashville, Tennessee

Downtown Nashville at night

Grow your legal knowledge and professional network!

DRI Members can register now and get best pricing thanks to exclusive, limited-time Early Access Registration! Everyone else can take advantage of Early Bird Registration starting March 15 through April 29. View registration information here.

Join us in Nashville for DRI’s Young Lawyers Seminar! If you are an attorney within your tenth year of practice, this seminar is designed for you. Gain expert insight into how the practice of law is, first and foremost, a business. You will discover that to grow your law practice, you need to hone your legal skills, and learn what it takes to run a successful business - from building and nurturing client relationships, to staying on top of current trends and developments and using technology to your advantage. In addition to exciting programming, there will be ample networking opportunities with attorneys and in-house counsel from across the country!

What You Will Learn:

  • How to become a trusted and reliable business partner to your corporate clients.
  • Tips for developing your legal practice in the post-pandemic world.
  • How to recognize diversity and create an inclusive workplace.
  • Effective communication methods to best advocate your client.
  • Recent developments in legal ethics applicable to law firm management.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Participating in creative networking events to help you grow your professional network.
  • Forging connections with DRI members and in-house attorneys at the Premier Networking Reception.
  • Building relations and expanding your referral network with your peers during small, curated networking events.
  • Developing connections with outside and in-house counsel during dine-arounds and local restaurants.

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 Young Lawyers Committee Leadership

Valerie Phan
Valerie Phan
Program Chair
Kenton H. Steele
Kenton Steele
Program First Vice Chair
Christian Castile
Christian Castile
Program Second Vice Chair
Emily Ruzic
Emily Ruzic
Committee Chair
Tom Wyatt
Tom Wyatt
Committee First Vice Chair
Melissa H. Rose-DeMartini
Melissa H. Rose-DeMartini
Committee Second Vice Chair
J. Richard Moore
J. Richard Moore
Law Institute

Join the Young Lawyers Committee

Registration Information

DRI Members enjoy exclusive early access to seminar registration. Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity to secure your spot before other registrants, and at the lowest price. Everyone else can register for Early Bird starting March 15 through April 29.

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Non-Member Registration Options:

  • Become a member today for early access. See what people are saying about DRI and find the right membership for your needs.
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Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Member Only Early Access
(Now thru Mar. 14)
$1,195 Not Offered Not Offered
Early Bird Registration*
(Mar. 15–Apr. 29)
$1,395 $1,795 $1,715
Regular Registration*
(Apr. 30–Jun. 11)
$1,595 $1,995 $1,915
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 Young Lawyers 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 Event at the XXXXX
Sponsored by: ABC

Date: Wednesday, Month Day from 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out)
Location: XXXXX, Address, City, State


Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Time (Central) Program
12:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. AI Topics

Ryan K. Blake, Reed Smith, Philadelphia, PA
3:00 p.m. Building Your Brand
4:00 p.m. Small Group Networking
6:00 p.m. Networking / Cocktail Hour
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Time (Central) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

J. Richard Moore, Bleeke Dillon Crandall, Indianapolis, IN
Valerie Phan, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., San Diego, CA
9:15 a.m. Tips for Adding Value at Trial No Matter Your Role” of “How to Add Value at Trial in Every Role

Many litigators have a goal of one day being anointed as the “first chair trial lawyer” for a case. But for younger lawyers, or lawyers working on heavily staffed matters, that position can seem quite far away. Even if you are not deemed the “first chair” at trial, you can add immense value to the trial team—and develop your own trial chops—in the supporting role of a second, third, or even fourth chair. Attend this session to hear from an attorney who has filled all of these roles on how to add value and be successful at trial, no matter your position.

Brett A. Tarver, Troutman Pepper, Atlanta, GA
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Rule 26(f) Conference Requirements

U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Goddard, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, San Diego, CA
11:30 a.m. Rough Receptions: A Practical Guide to Handling Difficult Conversations with Lawyers, Clients, and Pro Se Litigants

Megan G. Freeman, Downs Ward Bender Herzog & Kintigh, P.A., Hunt Valley, MD
Kurtis R. McManus, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP, Westchester, NY
Laura E. Proctor, NuMotion, Nashville, TN
12:30 p.m. DRI Cares: Blessings in a Backpack

Click here for details on Blessings in a Backpack.
12:45 p.m. DRI Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. Fast Pitch

Ready to wow in-house counsel? Come practice a short pitch with some of the biggest names in the business. Attendees will get the opportunity to work one-on-one with in-house counsel on their pitch and receive feedback in real time!
2:00 p.m. Discovery Jeopardy

Test your knowledge of discovery rules and best practices in this interactive Jeopardy-themed session. Audience participation will be strongly encouraged, and prizes will be awarded!

Sarah E. Rawls, Butler Snow, Birmingham, AL
N. Denver Smith, Butler Snow, Charleston, SC
3:00 p.m. Young Lawyers Committee Meeting (open to all)
3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Click "Breakout Sessions" blue tab for details.
5:00 p.m. Women in the Law Networking
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception

Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception. More details to come.
8:00 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Friday, June 14, 2024

Time (Central) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Kenton H. Steele, Reminger, Columbus, OH
9:10 a.m. Preparing for Successful Mediation

Samantha Burnett, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
10:10 a.m. Coffee Break
10:25 a.m. Jury Selection + Batson Challenges

Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny were meant to eliminate bias in jury selection. But has that happened? 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.

Gary L. Howard, Walmart, Inc., Bentonville, AR
Stacy L. Douglas, Everett Dorsey LLP, Los Angeles, CA
11:25 a.m. Ethical Obligations re Tripartite Relationship Between Outside Counsel, In-House Counsel, and Company and Between Defense Counsel, Insured, and Insurer

This program will discuss the ethical obligations and pitfalls of the tripartite relationship between defense counsel, the insured, and the insurer.

Nicholas E. Richardson, Segal McCambridge, Tampa, FL
12:25 p.m. Adjourn

Breakout Sessions (Thursday 3:30–5:00 p.m.)

Choose your own adventure! Attendees will improve their skills related to depositions or motions (or both)!

Deposition Track
Tour Guide: Kenton H. Steele, Reminger, Columbus, OH

Time (Central) Program
3:30 p.m. Best Practices for Preparing for and Taking a Deposition

Brendan P. Hall, Harris Beach PLLC, New York, NY
Brian P. Cadigan, Reed Smith, Los Angeles, CA
Brandon M. Pellegrino, Detroit, MI
4:00 p.m. Best Practices for Defending a Deposition

Noah J. Mason, Locke Lorde, Atlanta, GA
Sheldon R. Poole, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Hartford, CT
Irving W. Jones, Balch & Bingham LLP, Birmingham, AL
4:30 p.m. Best Practices for Preparing a Corporate Witness for Deposition

Brice Nengsu Kenfack, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, MO
Ericka Esposito, Littleton Park Joyce Ughetta & Kelly LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Motions Track
Tour Guide: Christian W. Castile, Reed Smith, LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Time (Central) Program
3:30 p.m. Responding to Complaints: Answers, Motions to Dismiss & Removals

W. Chadwick Lamar, Jr., Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Birmingham, AL
4:00 p.m. Best Practices for Non-Daubert Motions in Limine

Jason R. Hodge, Nelson Mullins, Richmond, VA
4:30 p.m. Best Practices for Daubert Motions

Killian R. Walsh, Knight Nicastro MacKay LC, St. Louis, MO

Headquarters Hotel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Take advantage of the group rate of $325.00 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 14, 2024, to be eligible for the hotel's group rate. Requests for reservations made after May 14 are subject to room and rate availability.

CLE Information

Earn up to TBD hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) From this seminar.

View CLE Credit by State

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 Young Lawyer Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

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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, June 13. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Nashville community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

Other Information

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