2018 DRI Webinars



Sessions

Law Firm Financials: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Nov 14, 2018 11:30am ‐ Nov 14, 2018 12:30pm

Identification: DRI3472

Credits: None available.

The webinar will offer a financial guide to law firm and individual lawyers to better understand key financial metrics and improve profitability. It will include a discussion of such this as understanding cost of services in the law firm context, best practices in internal controls, and will offer practical advice from the partner perspective. We will discuss what metrics are crucial and how to interpret such metrics as profit and loss statements, balance sheets and capital accounts . We will discuss which financial items are the most telling and how to quickly go through and identify problems and issues.

Objectives:

  • The management tools law firms and lawyers should be reviewing from your management/bookkeeping system
  • Best practices for the practical use of these financial management tools
  • The essential elements a law firm and lawyer needs to understand  to be able to get a handle on profitability and improve it.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $25.00

Reverse and Mutual Mentoring for Lawyers: The How and Why

Nov 15, 2018 11:30am ‐ Nov 15, 2018 12:30pm

Identification: DRI3473

Credits: None available.

Is reverse mentoring, which is typically thought of as having younger workers help those who are older, and mutual mentoring where younger and older worker mentor one another something that can work with lawyers and law firms?

In fact, there are many uses and advantages of reverse and, more importantly, mutual mentoring, especially in the legal profession. This webinar will dive in to how and whether more experienced lawyers should not only consider mentoring younger workers, but also having younger workers help and mentor those with more experience.

Certainly the benefits for both sides could be enormous especially considering the disruption occurring in the legal profession, the onslaught of changes that will impact the manner of how we work and the enhanced need for communication and understating between generations.


Objectives:

  • What reverse and mutual mentoring entails, how to initiate and practice it, and what can be learned from
  • Why mutual may be an optimum solution for forming relationships that enhance and speed on the job training and satisfaction
  • How to adopt a reverse and mutual mentoring plan

Speaker(s):
Standard: $25.00

Strategic Discovery in Construction Cases: Framing Effective Inquiries, Furnishing Necessary Responses and Budgeting for Cost Control

Dec 4, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Dec 4, 2018 1:00pm

Identification: DRI3492_1

Credits: None available.

This webinar will explore the most effective ways to develop a discovery strategy for construction cases. We will identify the primary project witnesses, facts and data; how to draft effective interrogatories and document requests with a focus on key events and milestones during projects; constructing a meaningful Electronically Stored Information protocol for the exchange of email and other digital records; and concerns for preserving privileged communications. We will also compare discovery strategies depending on whether the dispute is in arbitration or courts of law.

The advent of digital recordkeeping has dramatically increased the burden of discovery in litigation. Parties to disputes and their counsel need to evaluate the scope of discovery early in a dispute and to create a discovery budget and plan for success. The presenters have drawn upon decades of investigation experiences to apply their best evaluative practices to the rapidly changing digital age.

Objectives:

  • How to draft effective interrogatories and document requests with a focus on key events and milestones during projects; constructing a meaningful Electronically Stored Information protocol for the exchange of email and other digital records; and concerns for preserving privileged communications.
  • Develop a discovery strategy for construction case
  • How to draft effective interrogatories and document requests with a focus on key events and milestones during projects
  • Constructing a meaningful Electronically Stored Information protocol

      Speaker(s):
      Standard: $50.00

      Applications of Mechanical Testing and Visualization in Medical Litigation

      Dec 5, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Dec 5, 2018 1:00pm

      Identification: DRI8006

      Credits: None available.

      While medical opinions may be used to substantiate or refute claims, they are subjective based upon surgical experience, procedural comfort and training of the medical expert. This program will address the use of data driven testing in patient specific scenarios to acquire test results related to the performance of medical devices and the visualization methods available in conveying this message to a jury. The program will highlight several testing and visualization case examples with practical application to litigation scenarios.


      Objectives:

      • In-vitro testing can be used to substantiate, or refute, medical opinion based on derived data
      • Mechanical testing using clinically relevant conditions (in-vitro testing) can reveal device performance characteristics which can be visualized
      • In-vitro tests can be tailored to specific scenarios
      • Surgical procedure deviations may be evaluated and subsequently animated

      Speaker(s):
      Free

      California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct – What You Need To Know.

      Dec 6, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Dec 6, 2018 1:00pm

      Identification: DRI3471

      Credits: None available.

      The California Bar has promulgated a comprehensive revision of its Rules of Professional Conduct – the first of its kind in 29 years. This program will cover the most critical changes and additions to the rules, from conflicts of interest to the duty to supervise and fee issues. The program will also cover how the rules are aligned with and deviate from the ABA Model Rules. Finally the panelists will explain practical aspects of the new rules, and how they may affect the practice of law in California.


      Objectives:

      • An overview of the new rules of professional conduct
      • The critical changes from the prior rules
      • How the new rules are aligned with and deviate from the ABA Model Rules
      • The practical aspects of the new rules

      Speaker(s):
      Free

      Ethically Maneuvering the “Eighteen Wheels of Justice”

      Dec 11, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Dec 11, 2018 1:00pm

      Identification: DRI3474

      Credits: None available.

      This “Lunch and Learn” webinar will explore ethical issues arising in cases involving commercial motor vehicle crashes, stemming from the unique relationship between motor carriers, drivers, owner/operators, freight forwarders brokers and insurers. This webinar will discuss the importance of defining who the “client” is and how to navigate ethical problems when interacting with drivers and motor carrier personnel. The speakers will discuss identifying and handling conflicts of interest arising in trucking cases, information sharing and confidentiality, attorney competence and considerations of fairness in aggressively defending your trucking client.



      Objectives:

      • Identifying and handling of conflicts of interest unique to trucking cases;
      • Navigating ethical problems arising from the question of who the “client” is in a trucking accident case;
      • Ethical considerations relating to sharing of information and confidentiality of information in the defense of claim or lawsuit;
      • What “attorney competence” means in a trucking lawsuit;
      • How to fairly, but aggressively, defend your trucking client.

      Speaker(s):
      Standard: $50.00
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