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The Ford Personal Jurisdiction Cases: A Preview to Oral Argument in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will soon hear oral argument in the Ford cases. Goodwin products liability and appellate partners Sarah Frederick and Jaime Santos discuss why the specific personal jurisdiction question raised in this petition is important and what we might expect to hear from the current Court on the issue.

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COVID-19 and the Tuition Refund Class Actions

Since March 2020, more than 200 tuition refund class actions have been filed against universities because of COVID-19 campus closures. In this podcast, Don Frederico and Melanie Conroy of Pierce Atwood LLP describe the cases, discuss the legal challenges they present, and forecast future developments.

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Marketing Tips For Young Women Attorneys–Your Partners and Colleagues are Clients Too

Often, the “go-to” associates within a firm receive plum assignments, advanced responsibilities, and opportunities for client relationships and external marketing that are not available to others in their peer group. Yet, cultivating a “go-to” reputation can be challenging for young attorneys whose plates already are full, often both at home and at the office, and who must be discriminating about the opportunities they seek and the responsibilities they take on. Tiffany deGruy offers a few practical tips for making the most of your investment in your reputation and establishing yourself as a “go-to” associate.

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A Brief Introduction to English Law—Episode 1: Litigation in England and Wales

This Sound Advice podcast series will provide an introduction for American lawyers to the English legal system and will feature prominent members of the English legal community. Episode 1 introduces the series and features a discussion with Gerard McDermott QC on litigation in England and Wales. Future programs will concentrate on English law, courts, legal practice, and advocacy.

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Insurance Coverage for Biometric Privacy Act Violations

In this Sound Advice, Adrienne Kitchen discussed the biometric privacy acts that are popping up in states across the country, leading to the potential for class actions and potential significant exposure for policyholders. Several types of insurance may cover violations of these acts.

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Tips for Young Lawyers Making the Move In-House

Learn the core skills that young lawyers should develop to make a successful move from private practice to an in-house legal career, as in-house counsel Katie Kimbrell and Gregg McCormick offer their valuable perspectives.

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Construction Defect Claims: Recurring Coverage Issues and Coverage-Maximizing Strategies

In this program, Ashley Jordan covers two recurring issues associated with coverage for construction defect claims under Commercial General Liability policies: "trigger" of coverage and "anti-Montrose" provisions. She also provides risk management and coverage-maximizing strategies in relation to these common carrier defenses.

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Purchase Price Adjustment Disputes

Disputed adjustments to the purchase price for acquisitions are often adjudicated in a unique ADR format in front of an independent accountant. In this program, Josh Johnston briefly describes these disputes and the adjudication format, and how trying cases and presenting evidence within them can be unique.

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How to Become a Neutral Part II

In this series on "How to Become a Neutral," the ABA Section of Litigation's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will interview leading mediators and arbitrators about their career paths and offer guidance to those considering roles as neutrals. In this episode, Brian Farkas (Arent Fox LLP) talks with Theo Chang (ADR Office of Theo Cheng).

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How to Change Legal Jobs in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

Lindsay Breedlove, former partner at Troutman Pepper, provides tips about finding a new job in the legal industry based on her recent experience securing an in-house job at a biotech company. She focuses on the continued importance of networking and tips for interviewing on video.

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Does Remote Access Endanger Your Ability to Protect Your Trade Secrets?

Saiber LLC's Jack Losinger discusses the impact that the recent increase in remote access to sensitive business information may have upon an employer’s ability to protect its trade secrets, and provides four critical steps that companies should take in order to maintain the “protectability” of those trade secrets.

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How to Become a Neutral: A Conversation with Edna Sussman

In this series on "How to Become a Neutral," the ABA Section of Litigation's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will interview leading mediators and arbitrators about their career paths and offer guidance to those considering roles as neutrals. In this episode, Brian Farkas (Arent Fox LLP) talks with Edna Sussman (Susman ADR, LLC).

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COVID-19: The Next Public Nuisance?

In the COVID-19 era, businesses face the risk of lawsuits brought by employees or customers. In this presentation, Courtney Ward-Reichard discusses the use of public nuisance as a cause of action in class action lawsuits alleging exposure to the virus at a place of business, and defenses to such claims.

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Remote Mediation: The Good, the Bad, and the Practical

Superstar mediator Judge Jay Gandhi (Ret.) is interviewed by CADS committee co-chair Adam Polk about the ins and outs of remote mediation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please enjoy this candid discussion and learn about how remote mediation works, benefits, potential pitfalls, and when you should consider remotely mediating your cases.

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The "Compass Rose" Method for Corporate Witness Interviews

Former AUSA John E. Clabby (“Jack”), a litigator with Carlton Fields, describes his proven method for opening corporate internal interviews. The "Compass Rose" is designed to build rapport with the witness and elicit important background information in an organized, repeatable way.

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Top Ten Tips for Virtual Oral Arguments

How do you prepare differently for an oral argument that will occur on a video platform? What small tweaks to your in-person routine should you make to ensure you are your most persuasive and confident self? Lindsay Breedlove provides her top ten tips for preparing for and presenting oral arguments by use of remote video.

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Crisis Management 101: Key Insights from the World of Public Relations

A crisis can take many forms—product recalls, environmental contamination, and negative social media reviews, just to name a few. What are the critical issues to address when your client or business finds itself in a crisis? With the help of two public relations experts, this edition of Sound Advice explores the primary PR concerns when managing a crisis situation, including the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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The "New Normal": Life After Quarantine

In this Sound Advice podcast, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) Director, Robynn Moraites, discusses why lawyers may be struggling as they transition back to working in the office after months of working from home due to COVID-19. Moraites also offers tips and resources to help ease the transition from a mental health perspective. (This podcast was recorded prior to the overdue racial awakening that swept our country following the senseless killing of George Floyd. As a result, we considered delaying the publication of this podcast. However, we recognized that lawyers were already struggling with increased mental health problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that these issues were only exacerbated—especially among Black lawyers—by Floyd’s death. Ultimately, we decided to release the podcast in hopes of relieving some anxiety and stress that all lawyers may be feeling as they transition back to their offices.)

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The Ford Personal Jurisdiction Cases: A Preview to Oral Argument in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will soon hear oral argument in the Ford cases. Goodwin products liability and appellate partners Sarah Frederick and Jaime Santos discuss why the specific personal jurisdiction question raised in this petition is important and what we might expect to hear from the current Court on the issue.

Visit - Mass Torts Litigation

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