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Video Depositions: The Case for Their Continued Relevance in a Post-Quarantine World (04/06/2021)

Program Number: 3181 Presenter: John C. Browne, Esq., Jeremy P. Robinson, Esq.

The program will explore the impact of the pandemic on depositions, and make the case for video depositions becoming a permanent part of the litigation process in our post-pandemic world. As we approach the one-year anniversary, the dramatic impact of the shutdown on litigation has come into focus. While the pandemic has created many challenges, there have also been some silver linings, among them the rise of video depositions. This session will examine the dramatic changes that the transition to remote depositions has created, discuss best practices for conducting video depositions, and argue for this new approach to become a permanent option in a post-pandemic world, given the dramatic improvements this method provides for both client expense and convenience. We’ll also propose changes to the federal rules that would eliminate some of the unnecessary negotiations currently involved in arranging for a video deposition.

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In the Spotlight: Effective Strategies to Avoid Ethics Violations When Practicing Virtually (04/07/2021)

Program Number: 3176 Presenter: Francine Friedman Griesing, Esq.

The good old days when we worked in person, used real documents, and appeared in person for depositions, meetings and court are in the past. The recent changes due to Covid-19 and the necessity of working remotely have further revolutionized the legal profession. Technology makes it easier to generate documents and electronic communications, increased the use of remote operations, and enabled us to participate in legal proceedings from a personal device rather than in person. Due to recent events, the legal profession has been forced to pivot to rely on remote proceedings. Whether we are attending meetings, conducting depositions, interviewing witnesses, arguing before judicial officers or mediating a dispute, we are likely doing it over a virtual platform. Even after we resume primarily in person practice, the cost savings and ease of practicing remotely will likely keep these processes in place. In this program, we will discuss effective ways to

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Unnamed Class Member Standing: A Circuit-by-Circuit Analysis (03/04/2021)

Program Number: 3161 Presenter: Marissa Bañez, Esq.

Must unnamed class members have standing for a court to certify or enter judgment in a class action? The answer is far from straightforward, as the Supreme Court has not squarely decided the question and circuit courts address this issue in various – and sometimes contradictory – ways. Generally speaking, there are four broad categories into which circuit court cases fall: • De minimis or “some uninjured”: the potential presence of more than a small number of class members who lack standing may preclude class certification; • All-or-nothing: all class members must establish standing at some point in the litigation; • Standing of named plaintiff only: the standing of unnamed class members is irrelevant once standing of the named plaintiff is shown; and • No definitive decision: courts expressly state that they have not decided the issue. This presentation will discuss the various approaches employed by the circuit courts throughout the country so that attorneys can

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Litigation as An Investment—How Analytics Should Drive Litigation Decisions (02/09/2021)

Program Number: 3154 Presenter: Ashton Batchelor, ALPM, Joshua Libling, Esq.

How can law firms and in-house legal departments deepen their analysis of litigation by reframing it from a cost to an investment? This framing has implications for what litigation to pursue, how to select counsel, when and for how much to settle, and how to measure success. The program will also give an introduction to litigation modeling.

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The Storming of the Capitol: What are the criminal, civil and employment consequences? (01/29/2021)

Program Number: 3150 Presenter: Thomas D. Bever, Esq., Amy E. Buice, Esq., Matthew W. Clarke, Esq., Anthony L. Cochran, Esq.

It will be ironic if Donald J. Trump is not prosecuted because of his First Amendment protections, but the rioters (who did exactly what they thought Trump wanted them to do) are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Did Donald J. Trump incite a riot? Did his words give the rioters a defense based on his apparent authority as the President of the United States and the Commander in Chief? What are all of the criminal, civil and employment consequences for the rioters? What can employers of the rioters and protesters do?

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Virtual Litigation – Where We’ve Been, and Where We Are Going (03/10/2021)

Program Number: 3148 Presenter: Jannine Kranz, Esq., Helene Wasserman, Esq.

It has been one year since many law firms, including ours, closed their physical doors and opened for business “virtually.” And while the past year has been one of the most, if not the most, challenging for our profession, one thing that this year has shown is how resourceful and resilient attorneys can be. When faced with uncertainty as to how litigation matters would proceed when it isn’t safe for people to be in the same room with each other, lawyers used existing, and developed new, forms of communicating. In this one hour program, Helene Wasserman and Jannine Kranz will delve into the ways litigators not only survived, but thrived, in their representation of clients in depositions, arbitrations, mediations, hearings and even trials during the pandemic.

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Social Media and the Lifecycle of the Attorney/Client Relationship (03/08/2021)

Program Number: 3145 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Jan L. Jacobowitz, Esq., Lucian T. Pera, Esq.

Social media has become an integral part of our society. The Pew Research Center reports that approximately 70% of the adult population uses social media, and it even impacts the lives of those who elect not to engage. Lawyers’ clients are awash in social media, so it is no surprise that every stage of the life cycle of an attorney-client relationship may involve a lawyer’s need not only to explore the social media terrain, but also to understand both the benefits and dangerous landmines that await the uninformed. Join our discussion with two seasoned legal ethics lawyers to explore both the necessity of employing social media and the potential ethical perils of lawyers on social media. Topics include the use of social media in advertising; investigating all aspects of a case from a potential client’s claim to discovering information about the opposing parties, witnesses, jurors, and judges; and finally,

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Ordinary Course in Extraordinary Times: Lessons from The Recent Delaware Decision of AB Stable v. MAPS by the Litigators That Tried the Case (03/01/2021)

Program Number: 3143 Presenter: Rollo C. Baker IV, Esq., Jonathan E. Feder, Esq., Christopher D. Kercher, Esq.

In the first terminated transaction to go to trial during the pandemic--AB Stable v. MAPS--the Delaware Court of Chancery decided important questions around contractual obligations in light of the crisis. Although the decision is limited to the facts of that case, it contains important lessons for M&A practitioners considering deals in light of the pandemic and negotiating future transactions. In this program, a team of the litigators that represented the buyer in AB Stable v. MAPS explain important takeaways from the decision.

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Forward-Looking Tips to Avoid Spoliation Sanctions (02/22/2021)

Program Number: 3142 Presenter: Sarah Benowich, Esq., Daniel J. Melman, Esq.

Using a recent Federal Circuit and Northern District of California decision applying spoliation sanctions in a patent infringement case, we will discuss practical tools, tips, and best practices to avoid spoliation sanctions even before parties enter litigation. This webinar will be relevant to outside and in-house counsel, and will discuss the opportunities and need for ongoing counseling regarding a client’s obligations to preserve evidence. While the webinar will focus on a recent patent infringement case, it serves as guidance for practitioners in all litigation specialties, and will highlight areas for fostering ongoing client communication.

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Mastering the Challenges and Pitfalls of Remote Testimony (02/04/2021)

Program Number: 3137 Presenter: Dr. Mark R. Phillips, Ph.D., Mary A. Salamone, Esq.

Times have changed abruptly and dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and lawyers have been propelled into suddenly adapting to a world of remote testimony. This requires us to not only become far more tech savvy, but also to recognize and adapt to the unique set of issues that arise from taking and defending depositions and conducting arbitrations and trials using an array of new and rapidly evolving video conferencing technologies. Join us for this informative and timely webinar to learn practical tips for the successful practitioner to recognize, adequately prepare for, and adeptly navigate the challenges and pitfalls of remote testimony in the new era.

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