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The Legal Services Paradigm Shift

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Seismic shifts are taking place within the legal profession. Clients now have operations professionals who are developing technology to allow them to reduce costs and improve efficiency.  Litigation funding is providing alternative fee arrangements to flourish.  And accounting firms and legal process outsourcers are finding gaps left by law firms, and constructing innovative ways to fill those voids.  Expert faculty will address questions ...

Channeling the River: Using Social and Cognitive Science to Steer Inclusion Efforts

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Law schools, law firms, and bar associations work hard to recruit and retain women and minorities. However, these programs often fail to achieve their goals. Contributing factors range from students not seeking out necessary help to organizations inadvertently making candidates feel like they don’t belong. These efforts can be improved, ultimately leading to a more diverse workforce.     In this presentation, Dwayne Allen Thomas, ...

Litigation Funding: How Is It Changing the Practice and Business of Law?

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This One-Hour Briefing will provide a primer on the basics of litigation funding and trends in litigation funding that are impacting firms and their clients. These include, among others, single claims, portfolios of cases, defense funding, and asset recovery. Please join Alexandra Dosman and Michael C. German of Vannin Capital LLC as they discuss: How the various models of litigation finance can be applied in complex commercial transactions;  ...

What’s New in Entity Laws? 2018 Amendments to the DGCL and LLC and LP Acts

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Delaware amends its General Corporation Laws, its Limited Liability Company Act and its Limited Partnership Act annually.  2018 has been no exception.  In this Briefing, Emily V. Burton of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, and Joshua J. Novak of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. will summarize those amendments and their implications for Delaware entities. Key Amendments include: Clarification of the scope of ratification ...

Basics of Export Controls 2018

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In an age of fast-evolving geopolitical relations, security challenges and sanctions policies, the rules of international trade are affecting U.S. and multinational corporations, financial institutions, investors and even governments as never before. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), ...

Beyond the Brand: Current Patent Issues in the Cosmetics Industry

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The global cosmetics products market has been valued at over $500 billion dollars.  In order for a cosmetics company to break into or to increase its share of this market, it must differentiate itself through its intellectual property.  Most cosmetics companies and their customers appreciate the value of trademarks, and how the goodwill associated with them can be used to increase the value of a brand.  But competition in this industry ...

Cannabis Lawyering: Risks and Ethical Considerations

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On January 1, 2018, California became the largest state-legal adult use cannabis market in the country, after having led the way with the legalization of medical cannabis more than two decades earlier. This raises a critical question: can lawyers ethically provide full representation to clients in the cannabis industry, given the continuing illegality of cannabis under federal law? Coincidentally, the California Supreme Court adopted new Rules of ...

At-the-Market Offerings

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Any issuer eligible to register its securities on Form S-3 should consider setting up an ATM program in order to maximize its opportunity to raise just-in-time capital.  Significant selling stockholders may also benefit from the flexibility of the ATM structure in order to take advantage of market opportunities to sell shares quickly. In this session, Brian D. Hirshberg of Mayer Brown LLP will review the basics of ATMs, as well as some of ...

From D.C. to New Jersey to California — The Modern Bail Reform Movement and the Fight to End Money Bail

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

On any given day, almost 450,000 people are held pretrial in local jails across the country. The vast majority are there because they cannot make bail. Nationally, the average bail set in a felony case is $10,000, yet the Federal Reserve estimates that 47% of Americans do not have even $400 at their disposal in an emergency. The result is a bail system where wealth determines pretrial liberty. Increasingly, a number of jurisdictions are looking to ...

Leveraging Technology for In-House Counsel

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This briefing does not offer credit for any jurisdiction. What is technology management and how can it be leveraged to efficiently deliver high-quality services to clients and to better inform department management decisions and corporate strategy?  Presented in cooperation with ACC, this free presentation will include a panel of seasoned legal operations and legal consulting professionals who will discuss how to develop, implement and refresh ...

Blockchain Technology, Smart Code, and Smart Contracts: Issues and Risks

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Many people know that bitcoin is based on blockchain technology, but fewer understand how the underlying technology is being applied to a much broader range of commercial and business functions. Most of these applications involve the use of smart code and smart contracts.    In this One-Hour Briefing, Mark W. Rasmussen and James A. Cox of Jones Day will explore the following topics: What are smart code and smart contracts and ...

Restoring Veteran Status and Eligibility for VA Benefits Through Character of Discharge Review

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Not all former service-members have access to veterans’ benefits and services from the VA. A major obstacle to healthcare and disability compensation arises when a service-member is discharged for misconduct. In these cases, the VA has the power to decide whether the former service-member's conduct should render them ineligible for veterans' benefits. This barrier to care affects a large number of former service-members. ...

Environmental Justice: Assisting Rural Communities

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

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Medicaid Work Requirements – Law and Litigation Update

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

In 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved unprecedented Medicaid work requirements in a number of states. Multiple lawsuits were subsequently filed challenging the legality of the approvals. By June 2018, a federal court had struck down the first set of work requirements and the court is set to rule on a second set of work requirements in early 2019. This briefing, conducted by a lawyer working on the case, will provide an ...

Cut from a Different Cloth: Employment Issues Tailored to the Fashion Industry

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Fashion is a $1.2 trillion global industry, with more than $250 billion spent annually on fashion in the United States, according to industry analysts.  This prominent industry involves employees and independent contractors at every level - from designers, to models, to retail staff.  In recent years, employment issues in fashion have been highly publicized and can, if not handled properly, negatively harm the reputation of fashion enterprises.  ...

Knowledge Management for In-House Counsel

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

This briefing does not offer credit for any jurisdiction. What is knowledge management, what do knowledge workers do, and why is it an important part of organizational processes?  Presented in cooperation with ACC, this free presentation will include a panel of seasoned legal operations and legal consulting professionals who will answer these questions and discuss: How to develop a knowledge management roadmap How to measure stages ...

Using Artificial Intelligence to Open New Lending Markets

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Right now, there are around 44 million consumers without a traditional FICO score (sometimes called “Credit Invisibles”) in the United States.  Lenders are just beginning to underwrite loans to them using artificial intelligence and alternative data.  Add the developing world, and the number of underserved consumers who might be reached with AI shoots up to a billion.  In short, this is a huge opportunity.  But AI and ...

SEC and Cybersecurity: Emerging Regulatory Expectations and What’s Ahead in 2019

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ramped up its cybersecurity enforcement efforts in 2018 with a number of “firsts.”  In early 2018, the full commission issued updated cybersecurity guidance to its public companies telling them to bolster their disclosures of cybersecurity risk factors and improve data security disclosures.  A few months later, the SEC pursued its first-ever cybersecurity enforcement action against ...

A New Frontier for Employer Data Privacy Liability in UK and Europe: GDPR, Employee “Class” Claims and Vicarious Liability After Wm. Morrison Supermarkets

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

The European Union’s GDPR privacy law came into force in May, bringing with it the highly-publicized maximum penalty of 4% of worldwide turnover. But what, really, are the likely damages, penalties and collective claim procedures for employment-context data law violations in UK and Europe? Now we have some answers.  In October, the UK Court of Appeal issued the Wm. Morrison Supermarkets decision, expanding employer “vicarious liability” ...

Resolution of Common Issues in MDL Proceedings

One-Hour Briefing  One-Hour Briefing

Multidistrict litigation continues to grow in significance.  Estimates show that nearly half of all civil cases in the federal courts are consolidated in MDL proceedings.  Recently, however, there have been significant criticisms of MDL litigation and accompanying proposals for reform.  Critics maintain that aggregation in MDL proceedings only provides an incentive for the filing of meritless claims and that courts frequently fail to ...


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