DRI Retail and Hospitality Committee: Get Involved
Retail and Hospitality Committee members are encouraged to join one or more of the subcommittees by clicking on the blue “Join Subcommittee” tab on the left.
Please take a look at our subcommittees below:
The Membership Subcommittee works on getting new DRI members involved in the Committee and also works hard to recruit new members to DRI and the Committee. We reach out to all new members who join the Committee, all Committee members who have dropped their membership. The Subcommittee Chair contacts each new member and invites them to get involved in the Committee. Anyone expressing an interest in joining a subcommittee or SLG receives a follow-up
e-mail and/or telephone call to facilitate involvement.
The Networking Subcommittee has two main two goals. The first is to enhance ways for Committee
Members to interact and form personal and professional networks to improve the overall DRI experience. The second goal is to create greater referral opportunities among DRI/Retail & Hospitality Committee Members (and their clients) across the country. While neither of these goals is by any means new for DRI or the Retail & Hospitality Committee Members, the Networking Subcommittee hopes to be a place where new and practical ideas are generated for developing referral relationships and marketing Retail & Hospitality Committee Members’ practices.
This subcommittee puts together the annual Retail & Hospitality Seminar, which takes place every May. This Subcommittee works on speaker selection, topic selection, venue, organization of social events, solicitation of sponsorship dollars and more. Being part of this Subcommittee is one of the best ways to get involved as a presenter or moderator at the seminar. This group begins planning the seminar in July/August each year, just weeks after the seminar from the previous year. Once the seminar is planned, the Subcommittee continues to handle marketing, logistics and detail coordination efforts all the way up until the seminar begins. This is a hardworking and fun group and it is always looking for new members.
The Publications Subcommittee provides an opportunity for members to publish articles in a national forum on topics affecting the practice of retail and hospitality litigation. These articles range from substantive areas of law to tactics and techniques and more. Articles can be featured in DRI’s e-newsletter, The Voice and also in For the Defense or In-House Defense Quarterly, DRI’s monthly magazines. Authors are also needed from time to time for chapters in DRI’s Defense Library Series publications. Lastly, this Subcommittee also works on the publication of Customer Connection – Retail & Hospitality News, the Committee’s electronic newsletter.
This Subcommittee is charged with keeping our Committee page on the DRI website and LinkedIn up-to date with valuable information for our members. This Subcommittee also develops and hosts webcast presentations geared toward topics of interest to our members. We hope to host at least one webcast a year. This Subcommittee runs programs from beginning to end, selecting topics, speakers, and assisting with promotion and marketing. This Subcommittee also works with the publications Subcommittee to make regular posts to the DRI blog. This Subcommittee is another great way for
members to find publishing and speaking opportunities.
Employment Substantive Law Group
This Subcommittee is designed for attorneys, in-house counsel and risk managers who practice in the employment field for the retail, restaurant and hospitality industries. The members contribute to the yearly program and all publications.
Commercial Substantive Law Group
This Subcommittee is designed for attorneys, in-house counsel and risk managers who practice in the commercial law field for the retail, restaurant and hospitality industries. The members contribute to the yearly program and all publications.