State of Litigation Virtual Event Series

Session 1 - Wednesday, June 9; Session 2 - Wednesday, June 16; Session 3 - Wednesday, June 23
Session 1 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT; Session 2 - 12:00 – 2:15 p.m. CT; Session 3 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Presented via live webinar.

This webinar is available for no cost.


Please join Lathrop GPM for our annual State of Litigation event, being held virtually for the second year. This free, three-part webinar series will explore the latest trends in litigation, risks facing companies today, and how to manage those risks. Below is the full agenda and a link to register for any or all of the series.

Wednesday, June 9

PFAS Environmental and Insurance Considerations: What You Need to Know
Ally Cunningham, Sarah Lintecum, Matt Walker

Avoiding Employment Litigation in the Next Phase of Pandemic Response
Megan Anderson, Neil Goldsmith

The Mansfield Rule and Other Ways Legal Departments Can Collaborate with Outside Counsel on DE&I Initiatives

Lisa Kirby, Chief Intelligence & Knowledge Sharing Officer at Diversity Lab, will discuss how the Mansfield Rule initiative is helping law firms to increase their recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. Lisa will also share insights into the history and evolution of the relationship between law firms and legal departments and how it has impacted diversity in the legal profession. Immediately following her presentation, Lisa will participate in a panel discussion with Lathrop GPM partner Justin Sallis, Vanessa Sims (Senior Vice President, Executive Director – Inclusion and Diversity at UMB Financial Corporation), and Stephanie Grise (Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at U.S. Bank) on practical ways to implement DE&I initiatives at your company. The panel discussion will be moderated by Lathrop GPM’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Vanessa Vaughn West.

*Eligible for one hour of Diversity Equity & Inclusion credit

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Wednesday, June 16

Trials and Litigation in a Post Pandemic World
We are honored to have Judge Michelle Childs, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina and Chair of the American Bar Association Judicial Division, join us for an interactive discussion with Lathrop GPM partner Rick Bien on how the judiciary reacted to the pandemic, accommodations and changes made as a result of the pandemic and the extent they may carry through (video testimony, virtual trials, impact on credibility, convenience of the parties) and other issues impacting the Judiciary, including Court security in a highly connected world.

Immigration Law Updates
Gizie Hirsh

Pro Bono Updates Featuring the Midwest Innocence Project
Tricia Bushnell, Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project

Ethical Considerations: Remote Work & Other Post Pandemic Issues
Peter Daniel, Lathrop GPM General Counsel
Bridget Romero, Lathrop GPM Personnel Partner
*Eligible for one hour of Ethics credit

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AZ Court Post-Pandemic Recommendations

Judicial Division COVID-19 Resources

Wednesday, June 23

Supreme Court Highlights from the COVID-19 Term (2019-2020)
We are fortunate to have Professor Erwin Chemerinsky share his insight into some of the most notable Supreme Court cases from the historic 2019-2020 term. Professor Chemerinsky is Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. Professor Chemerinsky is the author of 12 books and over 200 law review articles.

Notable Developments in Intellectual Property Litigation
Dean Eyler, Tim Hadachek

Advertising Litigation: the FTC, Competitor Challenges and Class Actions
Katie Bond, Brian Fries

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Professor Chemerinsky's Handout

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For questions about CLE, contact Allison Bristow at

For other questions about the event, contact Sara Larison at