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Session 1: COVID-19 Financial Risk Mitigation Tools - A primer on how companies can protect themselves from the financial consequences of COVID-19 through the strategic use of insurance and force majeure clauses.
Session 2: The Use of Data Analytics In Employment Decision-Making - Explore the growing role of data analytics in traditional employment decision-making, the use of wearable and implantable technology to capture employee data, and the legal risks associated with same. The effects of real-time performance metrics and hyper-transparency on employee feedback models will also be discussed.
Session 3: Handbooks / Employment Policies - Avoid common mistakes in policy drafting. Adopt provisions that support the company's good faith compliance efforts and help reduce potential liability in audits and litigation. Understand how recent NLRB decisions affect even non-unionized employer policies. more »
Session 1: In-House Counsel Panel: Effective Relationships Between In-House and Outside Counsel - Best practices for establishing and maintaining a healthy relationship between in-house and outside counsel, including effective communications, working with business leaders and inventors, establishing working procedures, activities beyond the business relationship, creating unique service offerings, and relevant ethical issues.
Session 2: COVID-19 Financial Risk Mitigation Tools - A primer on how companies can protect themselves from the financial consequences of COVID-19 through the strategic use of insurance and force majeure clauses.
Session 3: Conducting a Risk Assessment - Following the DOJ’s 2019 guidance on the evaluation of corporate compliance programs, what's changed? How do you ensure your process is effective? And what are the key steps and best practices for an effective risk assessment process?
Session 4: Cybersecurity Insurance - Examine key insurance provisions and hear thoughts on evolving exposures impacting privacy and cyber insurance.
Session 5: New Kids on the Block: State-of-the-Art New(ish) M&A Clauses That You Need to Know - In the always-evolving M&A market, it’s critical that counsel be up-to-speed on the latest deal provisions for buyers and sellers. Hear from seasoned practitioners on the key clauses that savvy dealmakers are including in their agreements to avoid pitfalls and give their clients the edge.
Session 6: Revenge of the Sea Squirts: More Glenn West on Encrusted M&A Boilerplate - The need to understand and appropriately modify “standard” M&A boilerplate to fit your deal cannot be over emphasized. Glenn West builds on last year’s presentation and adds additional examples of the problems that unexamined/encrusted boilerplate can create in potentially undoing the specifically negotiated provisions of your deal.
Session 7: Overview: Implementing Blockchain Solutions - The panel discusses a business approach to blockchain and how and where this technology is being implemented today; the legal, fiduciary and regulatory issues in drafting legal contracts into code; and blockchain from a cybersecurity perspective.
Session 8: Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: A Priority and a Challenge - Developing diversity and inclusion initiatives is a growing priority for many companies and organizations. Gain strategies and advice in how to approach the creation and implementation of these initiatives, and how to avoid inadvertent Title VII violations or other legal liabilities.
Session 9: Age Discrimination: A New Kind of Generation Gap - The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) just celebrated the 50th anniversary of its enactment. With an aging baby boomer population, employees working past traditional retirement age, and millennials moving into management positions—these issues are more important than ever. Discuss strategies for managing multi-generational workforces and preventing age discrimination claims.
Session 10: Whistleblower Issues and Best Practices - An exploration of the myriad challenges posed for companies by whistleblowers, as well as viable strategies for successfully negotiating the difficult obstacles presented.
Session 11: Tailoring Internal Investigations to be More Efficient and Cost Effective - Discuss the latest technology and techniques that are being employed for conducting efficient and effective internal investigations.
Session 12: Outsourcing Legal Work - What kinds of legal services can you outsource? How do you go about it and how do you effectively protect client confidences when you do? This presentation explores three areas: core legal services (legal research, deposition summaries, drafting, etc.), support services (bookkeeping, website development, HR, etc.) and ancillary services (tenant representatives, retirement plan implementation, or other professional services for one-off-projects).
Session 13: The Company in Crisis: Talking to Investors, Regulators and the Media - Best practices for crisis preparation, planning, and how to disclose and communicate after a crisis event. Address strategies for dealing with the media, investors, and the public then discuss the legal requirements and the strategic considerations in making disclosures in company filings.
Session 14: Representation of Multiple Parties: Ethical and Practical Considerations - Examine the advantages and disadvantages of using pool counsel in internal investigations, including the impact of joint representation, whether the various clients' interests are sufficiently aligned, the types of agreements entered with the company, the logistics of the engagement, consequences of one client being charged or cooperating, and managing client information to avoid potential cross-contamination.
Session 15: Ephemeral Data and Other Emerging Technology - In cybersecurity, staying on pace with current technology, issues, and approaches is a step behind. Practitioners must remain ahead of what is current, or else they will find themselves obsolete, commoditized, outside best practice, or a victim of a cyber incident or crisis. Take a look ahead with thought leadership and awareness around emerging, nascent, or predicted cyber technologies, approaches, threats, challenges, and applications such as transactional due diligence, ephemeral data, incident response, smart cities, alternative commerce and banking, identification, contracting, connected devices, artificial intelligence, risk transfer, data analytics, ethical and privacy concerns, IoT, industrial controls, and connectivity.
Session 16: Wellness and Well-Being: Ethical and Professionalism Implications - Identify current life challenges facing lawyers, the professional responsibility and professionalism issues raised by lawyer impairment, and current efforts by the organized bar and legal employers to address issues of lawyer wellness and well-being. more »
THIS MONTH: #Blessed: Using Social Media in Trial • What I Learned About Writing Briefs From Writing Country Songs • The Law of Loan Sharks • Legal Malpractice Update • Cybersecurity Insurance • C-Suite Investigations: An Experience To (or Not To) Forget
THIS MONTH: Evolving Ethics in the Application of AI • Sex, Drugs, Guns, Cars and Dementia • Trial Themes • Settlement Documents: Lessons to Learn • The Company in Crisis: Talking to Investors, Regulators and the Media • Chapter 11 Cases Driven by Sexual Abuse Tort Claims more »
Session 1: Recidivist Debtors: Chapter 22s of Oil and Gas Business Debtors. Why Is it Happening Now? - A discussion about the recent influx of repeat chapter 11 debtors, factors causing distress in the oil and gas industry, and best practices in chapter 22 cases.
Session 2: Modifying Labor and Retirement Obligations in Bankruptcy - Hear how companies may use sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code to modify labor, retiree and other employee “legacy” obligations in chapter 11. The panelists, who have represented companies and other creditors in bankruptcy cases involving these topics as counsel and investment banker, share lessons learned from recent transactions.
Session 3: Rights Offerings - Use and Impact - Rights offerings are often consummated in complex chapter 11 cases to raise equity upon exiting bankruptcy. While rights offerings are beneficial to the debtor and often non-controversial, issues can emerge in terms of opportunity to participate, fees charged, and impact on non-participating parties.
Session 4: Beyond E-Commerce: Root Causes of the Retail Crisis - Examine the drivers of the recent turmoil in the retail industry. How much worse can it get and how long will it continue?
Session 5: Utilizing and Interpreting Make Whole Provisions, including Practical Lessons for Deal Structure - A discussion of make whole provisions including a primer on what they are and their intended purpose, an overview of their interpretation under various states’ laws, and consideration of how to successfully utilize them in the event of a bankruptcy. more »
In the aftermath of recent news of lawyers being indicted for extortion in the negotiation process and recent bankruptcy court decisions referring lawyers to the authorities, explore the contours of ethical negotiations, illegal extortion, and bankruptcy bribery. more »
Session 1: General Session ABI Report Review - A high octane speedy review of the suggestions made by the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy that could affect your practice.
Session 2: ABI Consumer Commission Report - Focus on the Commission’s specific recommendations on: reserve funds in chapter 13 cases, student loans, racial justice, “dirt for debt” plans, repeat filers, the notice of final cure process, attorney competency and compensation, and chapter 13 debt limits.
Session 3: Litigation In Consumer Cases - Explore litigation considerations before, during and after bankruptcy, including forms, tips and tactics.
Session 4: Primer on Discharging IRS Debt in Bankruptcy - Your client may be broke now, but made money at one time. The IRS is knocking at the door and (not-so-shockingly) wants to get paid. Learn the four basic "rules" and other "fun" facts about discharging taxes.
Session 5: Practical Considerations for Consumer Attorneys - Increase the chances of the debtor successfully completing their case. Listen to a discussion on how to create a debtor’s savings plan, increase the disbursements from the trustee for attorney fees, structure the best plan for the debtor, bankruptcy planning, ethical considerations and more. more »
Addressing arbitration in bankruptcy including (a) a review of recent decisions regarding the enforceability of mandatory arbitration provisions and their potential application in the bankruptcy world, and (b) an overview of the mechanics of arbitration and creative utilization of arbitration in bankruptcy. more »
Session 1: Recent Developments - If this distinguished panel doesn’t mention it, it just may not be worth mentioning. The year’s most important business and consumer cases.
Session 2: Recent Developments II - A more in-depth look at the best of the best (and worst of the worst).
Session 3: Increased U.S. Trustee Fees: As Inevitable as Death and Taxes? - A discussion about reining in Congressionally mandated highway robbery based on uniformity and retroactivity; issues regarding the definition of disbursements; strategies to avoid the increased fees; and judicial activism.
Session 4: Alix/McKinsey - Explore the dispute about Rule 2014 and sections 101(14) and 327. more »
Session 1: Health Care Bankruptcies - How to Diagnose and Treat These Patients - Competition, regulation, and disruption in the health care industry are fomenting financial turmoil in the operation of health care businesses. How should insolvency professionals approach these sensitive and heavily regulated entities? Hear a general overview of issues facing this industry and offer attendees specific insight on how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of health care cases.
Session 2: The Law of Loan Sharks - In 1912, the Chicago Tribune newspaper observed: “It is easy to condemn the loan shark evil but hard to correct it" because wage workers "now and then, must have money.” Trace how recurring campaigns against loan sharking shaped the small-dollar lending industry and its regulation over the past century.
Session 3: Chapter 11 Cases Driven by Sexual Abuse Tort Claims - The road from defendant to debtor can be a short one after sexual abuse tort claims. Listen to a discussion about the unique aspects of chapter 11 cases triggered by sexual abuse tort claims. more »
THIS MONTH: Firearms in the Workplace • Lawyer Blogging: Ethical Issues and Practical Tips • View from the Bench: Trial Basics • In the Hot-Seat: In-House Counsel as Witnesses • Effective Client Communication Across Generational and Other Divides • Ephemeral Data and Other Emerging Technology more »
Session 1: Legal Ethics About Cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin and others of the 1,600+ cryptocurrencies are headline news every day, but also possible assets of debtors in bankruptcy. Explore the ethical issues lawyers need to be aware of regarding cryptocurrencies.
Session 2: Fiduciary Duty and Law Practice - Lawyers have important non-delegable duties to serve clients with overriding faithfulness. If you fail, the law says you have to prove that you did this right! Listen to a full discussion of the law regarding fiduciary duty and how you can incorporate best practices into your attorney-client relationships and communication with counsel. more »
Session 1: Red Flags Everywhere!: Chapter 7 Trustee Panel - Hear Chapter 7 trustees from each Texas district discuss some of the red flags you may encounter in family, small business, exemption, creditor meeting, and intangible property cases.
Session 2: Chapter 13 Trustee Panel - The Chapter 13 world is always changing. Hear the latest from your Texas trustees. more »
Session 1: Case Summaries, Part I - Listen to a discussion about relevant circuit, district, and bankruptcy court decisions focusing on consumer cases from the past year. Examine substantive changes in the case law and hear about cases interpreting bankruptcy rules affecting consumer practice.
Session 2: Case Summaries, Part II - Continuation of the discussion of relevant circuit, district, and bankruptcy court decisions focusing on consumer cases from the past year, and an examination of substantive changes in the case law, as well as a discussion about cases interpreting bankruptcy rules affecting consumer practice. more »
Session 1: Judge Jones on Evidence - The rules of evidence play an important role in the consumer bankruptcy process, most notably in the treatment of mortgage-related documents. Review how the rules apply to the introduction of these documents, objections to their introduction, and how the rules may assist you in overcoming objections.
Session 2: Open Forum Judicial Panel - Hear a panel of seasoned judges respond to your frequently—and sometimes infrequently—asked questions. more »
Session 1: Determining Eligibility for a Chapter 13 Discharge - What options do you have when the Plan Payments are finished and you determine that your client is not eligible for a discharge? Explore why you might want to file a case even though you know your client is not eligible for a discharge.
Session 2: Prosecuting and Defending Exceptions to Discharge - Review the burden of proof and elements required to discharge debt and defend dischargeability complaints under Section 523 and Section 727. more »
Listen to a robust discussion of how much is too much. Hear best practices for pre-bankruptcy planning and review cases that have interpreted Husky, and walk away well-prepared to avoid any pitfalls that may come your way. more »