Conference Program Highlights
These CLE programs are designed to give lawyers guidance on ethical issues that confront all of us in our various everyday practice of law . . . and meet our ethics CLE requirements!
Did you know that lawyers have an ethical duty to learn about and understand technology? This topic is addressed in a CLE program. Another one of the programs outlines the ethics of social media for lawyers. Can you "friend" that judge? What skills or expertise can you put in LinkedIn?
There is a program that addresses the ethical issues of the engagement letter, which some lawyers consider to be your pre-nup with the client. Are you opening a new practice . . . what are some of the ethical issues to consider? There is a program on that, too!
Finally, to make sure we have covered all the latest, breaking issues in ethics, there is an overview of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20.
As with all ABA CLE programs, these topics will be addressed by panelists with experience representing the points of view of management, employees and unions.
This year's Conference has a wealth of litigation programs, even for the most advanced litigators. All panels are comprised of seasoned litigators willing to share practical tips and recommendations for taking your litigation practice to the next level! A few highlights include the following:
- Jury Consultants and Focus Groups to Fit Many Budgets and Timeframes
- Summary Judgment Practice: Live or Die
- Cross Examination: The Ten Commandments Revisted
- Advanced eDiscovery: Litigating Today's Employment Lawsuit
- What You Can Do with That Deposition in Court
- Trial by iPad
Class Action Programs
It is beyond dispute that the Supreme Court has reshaped the rules governing class actions with recent blockbuster opinions in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Comcast v. Behrend, and Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczk. The Conference has numerous programs designed for lawyers who are currently litigating or anticipate litigating employment class actions and we have highlighted two of those programs here. One of the panels will focus on how these cases impact the crucial class certification motion. What kinds of cases can be certified as class actions in the current environment? What are the limits of the new defenses available to employers seeking to defeat class certification? A second panel will focus on the litigation of a class action after it has been certified, including what kinds of trial management techniques are still viable under the new regime. Experienced class action litigators will tackle the tough questions that have followed Dukes including what kind of representative evidence may be used, what kind of experts will survive challenges, and what the employment class action trial of the future will look like. Attorneys involved in or contemplating class action litigation will not want to miss this conference.
Employee Benefits Programs
The Employee Benefits Track will focus on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which requires employers, insurers, plan sponsors and administrators to make some very significant policy and plan changes in a very short period of time. We all need to be brought up to speed on the most recent legislative, regulatory and other developments to ensure that we and our clients are ready for 2014. Programming will include panels on collective bargaining under the PPACA as well as compliance issues and potential litigation. There is plenty to discuss and an issue or two that is bound to affect your practice.