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COVID-19 and the Commercial Landlord: Reacting to the Nonpaying Tenant in the COVID Era (02/11/2021)

Program Number: 3151 Presenter: Jonathan Gerstein, Esq., Joshua Wurtzel, Esq.

This program will cover the various legal issues that commercial landlords are confronting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the various statutes and executive orders restricting landlords’ rights and how landlords are adapting. During the program, we will discuss the arguments that commercial tenants have made to avoid paying rent, and how courts have dealt with those arguments. We will also discuss the strategies and tools that commercial landlords can and should use to get around the various restrictions on their ability to collect unpaid rent or evict tenants, and how courts have responded to those efforts. Further, we will discuss non-litigation options available to commercial landlords including lease amendments and lease termination and surrender agreements, and the issues that frequently confront commercial landlords during the negotiation of those documents.

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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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Responding Effectively to Conflict, in the Workplace and at Home (03/11/2021)

Program Number: 3147 Presenter: Robert A. Baruch Bush, J.D.

The large majority of life disrupting conflicts occur in two arenas: families, and workplaces. In both, conflict can be either a negative or a positive force, depending on how it is handled. If we handle it reactively, it usually becomes negative. But if we handle it by responding rather than reacting, it can become positive and constructive. It can actually add value to relationships whether at work or at home. For practicing attorneys, the impact of negative conflict at home or in the office can be a serious problem. This seminar explains what it means to respond rather than react in conflict situations, and why doing so has powerful constructive impacts. It then presents several specific behavioral strategies for responding effectively to conflicts. Learning Objectives: • To understand the dynamics of conflict interaction in general, as documented by research in many fields. • To understand the positive potential in conflict, despite the

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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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Trademark Counterfeiting in 2021 (02/17/2021)

Program Number: 3135 Presenter: Anthony F. Lo Cicero, Esq.

The old tactics of anticounterfeiting enforcement against street vendors and flea market operators have largely been replaced with online takedown notices, mass litigations against unnamed defendants and border enforcement. On the flip side, the “counterfeiting” label is being applied to activities different from what we have seen in the past, as reflected in the Second Circuit’s decision in Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale Corp. and elsewhere. Join Tony Lo Cicero, Managing Partner of Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein as he discusses these developments and their likely impact for the future.

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Defamation in the Time of COVID-19 (02/02/2021)

Program Number: 3130 Presenter: Karen D. Fultz-Robinson, Esq., Johanna Sheehe, Esq.

As COVID-19 continues to threaten public health, worldwide, and serves as a major concern for individuals, questions surrounding the health of those interacting with the public, on a daily basis, are at the forefront of our discourse. This begs the question: Is a statement falsely advising that a person has contracted COVID-19 defamatory? This program will examine the elements required to maintain a claim for defamation in the context of COVID-19. The discussion will examine the challenges of proving whether a person has been defamed, examine the history of the loathsome disease category of defamation per se and its applicability to COVID-19 and damages associated with a statement regarding a person contracting COVID-19. Participants will gain an understanding of the legal elements required to prove a claim for defamation as well as the hurdles to prevail on such a claim as it relates to the pandemic.

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