2019 Webinars

Jan 1, 2019 ‐ Dec 31, 2019



Sessions

Insurance Coverage Issues Presented by the Opioid Epidemic

Oct 10, 2019 1:00pm ‐ Oct 10, 2019 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3527

With increasing anticipation on the eve of the opioid MDL trials in Ohio, we are excited to include Special Master Mr. David Cohen, who was appointed by the Court in that matter to serve in this capacity.

The Opioid Epidemic continues to make front page news with devastating stories of addiction and loss. Thousands of cases are winding their way through the Court system seeking to determine responsibility for the consequences of the epidemic. This panel discusses the insurance issues raised by these cases including a discussion of the underlying claims, legal theories asserted, and coverage decisions to date.

Who Should Attend

  • Industry professionals and government personnel impacted by the Opioid Epidemic
  • Insurance Professionals
  • Academics following public health issues, legal, or policy developments

What You Will Learn

  • Current status of litigation throughout the United States and significant rulings in Opioid litigations
  • Discussion of coverage issues raised under different policy types
  • Significant cases and rulings in coverage actions

Speaker(s):
Standard: $100.00
Members: $50.00

Using Experts to Navigate the Minefields of Litigation

Oct 1, 2019 12:00pm ‐ Oct 1, 2019 1:30pm

Identification: DRI3521

Bringing one or more experts into play early in the process can assist parties in targeting issues for pre-litigation resolution and in developing theories, evidence, defenses and strategies that shape the litigation, and ultimately, the outcome at an alternative dispute resolution forum or trial. We will discuss perspectives outside consultants can bring to a construction dispute when they are engaged early. Building upon our 2019 Seminar discussion, we will use hypothetical scenarios to show how experts can assist counsel in framing issues and solutions from the outset of a potential dispute, allowing counsel to efficiently navigate the dispute resolution process.

Who Should Attend

  • Construction attorneys handling pre-construction, construction, and dispute resolution phases of projects
  • Municipality / public owner representatives
  • Design and engineering professionals, especially those working on public projects
  • Claims professionals encountering foreseeability issues on public properties with regard to accidents and emergencies such as shootings, floods, building collapse

What You Will Learn

  • Benefits to your client of being proactive by early retention of experts in response to a construction accident or emergency such as shooting, flood or building collapse
  • How and why it is important to document and preserve an accident or emergency site as soon as possible
  • Use of experts for issue spotting and case planning
  • How evolving social and environmental clients impact foreseeability of events for design and engineering professionals

Speaker(s):
Standard: $100.00
Members: $50.00

Gathering, Preserving, and Using Non-Traditional Sources of Electronic Data in Your Trucking Case

Sep 25, 2019 12:00pm ‐ Sep 25, 2019 1:00pm

Identification: DRI3516

Attendees will hear from an experienced Professional Engineer with extensive experience in crash data retrieval and analysis and from a seasoned trucking lawyer regarding non-traditional sources of electronic data that can be used to vigorously defend motor carriers and drivers in your trucking cases. Specifically, attendees will learn about the electronic data (other than a passenger vehicle’s airbag control module (ACM) or a commercial vehicle’s electronic control module (ECM)) that may be gathered following a collision, including infotainment systems, collision avoidance systems, ABS systems, traffic signal data loggers, and more. Additionally, the speakers will discuss best practices associated with the collection and preservation of these non-traditional sources of electronic data and how you can use the data obtained from such non-traditional sources in your trucking cases.

Who Should Attend

  • Young attorneys and transportation specialists and practitioners who are new to trucking or general litigation;
  • Practicing trial lawyers handling regulation-heavy trucking litigation and/or dealing with pre-suit and/or post-suit vehicle investigations on a regular basis; and
  • Trucking industry representatives, risk managers, brokers, and/or claims adjusters seeking to enhance their knowledge regarding the non-traditional electronic data that can be obtained from a vehicle (passenger and commercial) following a collision, the collection and preservation of such data, and how such data can be used in a trucking case.

What You Will Learn

  • The evolution of non-traditional sources of electronic data and the type of data that can be captured from such non-traditional sources;
  • The best policies and practices for collecting non-traditional sources of electronic data following a collision;
  • An overview of what the data extracted from non-traditional electronic data can show you about the vehicle(s) and driver(s) involved in the collision; and
  • How you can use the data obtained from these non-traditional sources to rigorously defend motor carriers and drivers and your trucking case.

Speaker(s):
Tags: Trucking Law
Standard: $100.00
Members: $50.00

The Value of Hiring a "Credible" Attorney

Sep 18, 2019 12:00pm ‐ Sep 18, 2019 1:00pm

Identification: DRI3513

Attorney credibility and its influence on courtroom verdicts has been a topic of interest to attorneys for quite some time. Some attorneys believe that their credibility matters, while others believe that only the evidence matters. The purpose of this webinar is to take an in-depth look at the definition of attorney credibility, discuss the ways in which attorney credibility can influence verdicts, and identify ways in which attorneys are hurting their credibility.

Who Should Attend

  1. Defense attorneys
  2. Corporate clients
  3. Law school students

What You Will Learn

  1. What attorney credibility is and is not.
  2. How attorney credibility can be measured.
  3. How attorney credibility influences verdicts.
  4. Ways attorneys hurt their credibility.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $100.00
Members: $50.00

Dirt Impacts Your Life, Bet You Didn’t Know How Much!

Sep 17, 2019 12:00pm ‐ Sep 17, 2019 1:00pm

Identification: DRI8011

CLE is currently unavailable for this session.

Soil and soil-related issues are impactful in an astonishing number of construction claims/lawsuits. Are construction delays costing your client money? Is soil a factor? If your client has a construction related claim and is a general contractor, grading contractor, structural engineer, architect, civil designer, inspection company: soil may be related to the claim. Were the soils considered properly during design? It is a tangled web woven on a construction site given the interaction between prime and subcontractors, inspection duties, duty to protect, control of the site, duty of design professionals, etc.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Adjusters
  • Construction industry professionals that handle construction-related claims

What You Will Learn

  • Soils-related issues impact a surprising percentage of construction cost-related issues, understand how to determine if your case is one those issues.
  • Remember to consider dirt in your analysis, take away a better understanding of the relationships between soils and the parties in the project.
  • Better understand soil-related issues and learn how to better indicate or exonerate the different parties in you case.
  • Have a better understanding on when to consult with a geotechnical engineer with construction experience regarding your case.

Speaker(s):
Free

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Lateral Hiring and Separation

Aug 27, 2019 12:00pm ‐ Aug 27, 2019 1:00pm

Identification: DRI3510

The presenters will discuss ethical considerations when hiring a lateral attorney as well as considerations when a lateral attorney leaves the firm.

Objectives:

  • Limitations on what laterals can do and not do before leaving a firm regarding the firm clients.
  • Firm communications when a key lateral is leaving the firm.
  • Conflict checks, ethical screens and other considerations when hiring laterals.
  • ABA rules pertaining to lateral hires.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $100.00
Members: $50.00

Toxicology, Pharmacology and General & Specific Causation

Jul 11, 2019 12:00pm ‐ Jul 11, 2019 1:00pm

Identification: DRI3511

CLE is currently unavailable for this session.

The program will provide an overview of the general principles of toxicology and pharmacology, and how toxicologists and pharmacologists examine general (what adverse effects are associated with a chemical or physical agent) and specific (did exposure to a chemical or physical agent cause an individual’s disease or ailment) causation. Throughout the webinar topics of current interest, such as opioids, ethanol, talc, glyphosate and cannabis, will be discussed to illustrate the principles of toxicology and pharmacology and the application of the Hill Criteria to the literature that exists for these substances.

What You Will Learn

  • General principles of toxicology and pharmacology
  • Terms and definitions used by toxicologists and pharmacologist
  • The causation paradigm used to evaluate allegations of adverse health effects due to chemical or physical agents
  • The Hill Criteria and application of these criteria to literature available for substances of current interest
  • Overview of literature for chemicals of current interest

Speaker(s):
Tags: S-E-A
Free

Student Loan Best Practices for DRI Members

Jun 26, 2019 12:00pm ‐ Jun 26, 2019 12:40pm

Identification: DRI8001b

Laurel Road, the preferred student loan refinancing provider of DRI, is hosting a “Student Loan Best Practices” presentation for DRI members. The webinar will cover a variety of topics related to refinancing student loans such as; the state of student loan debt in the US, common refinancing terms, different repayment options available, public service loan forgiveness eligibility, potential savings by refinancing.

Who Should Attend

  • DRI Members who have JD Degrees and are interested in refinancing their student loans.

What You Will Learn

  • What is student loan refinancing, and am I eligible?
  • How much may I be able to save by refinancing?
  • Will refinancing affect my credit at all?
  • Will refinancing effect my ability to purchase a home?
  • How do I receive the TSHP member 0.25% rate discount?

Speaker(s):
Free

The Future Isn't Always Bright – Planning for the Unexpected and the Expected

Jun 25, 2019 1:00pm ‐ Jun 25, 2019 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3505

CLE is currently unavailable for this session.

Minimize loss and maximize profit by employing best practices in planning for desired transition out of practice, as well as interruptions in practice like natural disasters, medical emergencies, or death.

Objectives:

  • Ethical requirements and guidelines for planning for practice interruptions
  • Best practices in transition planning
  • Identify and resolve insurance issues related to planning for transition and practice interruption

Speaker(s):
Tags: ethics
Free

Preemption in Drug and Medical Device Cases: An Overview and Hot Topics

Jun 20, 2019 12:00pm ‐ Jun 20, 2019 1:00pm

Identification: DRI3507

Federal preemption is a key defense in drug and medical device product liability cases, and the FDA’s regulatory framework is the ever-present background factor for our clients and for litigation involving their products. This webinar will provide a brief introduction to federal preemption, aimed at newer lawyers, before shifting to a robust discussion of strategically raising preemption defenses, and will conclude with a forecast of where federal preemption is headed, particularly given the impending changes to the FDA’s 510(k) clearance program.

Objectives:

  • The basics of federal preemption in drug and medical device cases
  • How to strategically raise the defense in a variety of forums, stages of litigation, and fact patterns
  • What’s new on the horizon for federal preemption in drug and medical device litigation, including how changes to the FDA’s 510(k) clearance program could affect the preemption defense.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $100.00
Members: $50.00
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