USLAW NETWORK launches “Short Takes” legal education video series


USLAW NETWORK, an international organization composed of independent, full-service law firms, launches a virtual video series that includes 26 discussions on today’s hottest legal topics, forward-thinking initiatives and several areas that address the impact of COVID-19 and how we manage it for a daily work-life balance. In each of these brief video clips – each no more than 15 minutes – USLAW member attorneys and corporate partners lead conversations encompassing six key areas of focus:

  1. Litigation Trends Post COVID-19
  2. Corporate Trends Post COVID-19
  3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  4. Leadership, Management, and Succession
  5. Technology and Innovation
  6. Health and Wellness

Each overarching topic includes four to five discussions. Each video conversation is facilitated by Scott C. Carr, director of marketing and community relations at Klinedinst P.C., USLAW’s member firm in San Diego, California. Videos will be released daily through mid-November. Bookmark and check back daily at 9 a.m. ET for a new video.

“We are excited to offer this extensive legal education video series that delivers significant and timely information in a compact format,” said Rodney L. Umberger, chair of USLAW NETWORK from Williams Kastner in Washington. “In just 15 minutes a day, USLAW members and our broad client community will be able to easily consume content from a cross-section of legal and business issues that impact business operations, personnel matters and the ever-present hybrid work environment. With so many of us working in a pressure-packed environment, we also will feature a weekly health and wellness video to ensure that we focus on everyone’s well-being.”

With a wide array of topics that cover HIPPA, ADA, regulation or de-regulation, tech innovations, gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace, cyber security, global supply chains, the infrastructure bill, law firm succession planning, today’s political landscape’s impact on juries, health privacy issues, and so much more, viewers will get a few key takeaways from each session.

USLAW and S-E-A, USLAW’s longtime premier corporate partner, recently launched the Live Better initiative that focuses on mind, heart and health. The Wellness Wednesday videos are an extension of this program and provide an opportunity to promote a culture of health and well-being.

How to access the videos

Bookmark and check back daily at 9 a.m. ET for a new video.

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October 18 Litigation Trends in a Post-COVID-19 World Are We on the Tip of the COVID-19 Litigation Iceberg? Lessons Learned and What to Expect in 2022 and Beyond Jack J. Laffey, Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC (Milwaukee, WI); Constantine “Dean” Nickas, Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. (Miami, FL)
October 19 Corporate Trends in a Post COVID-19 World What Could an Infrastructure Bill Mean to Your Company and Your Industry Thomas A. Ped, Williams Kastner (Portland, OR); John F. Wilcox, Jr., Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt, P.C. (Kansas City, MO)
October 20 Health and Wellness Physical Wellness: Are You Listening to Your Body? Quick and Easy Adjustments That Can Propel You Forward and Deliver Important Health Benefits Jeffrey L. O’Hara, Connell Foley LLP (Roseland, NJ); Douglas B. Tumminello, Lewis Roca (Denver, CO)
October 21 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: What It Looks Like and Why It Matters to Your Company Culture, Recruitment, and Bottom Line Erin M. Diaz, Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. (Tampa, FL); Hailey Hopper, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, L.L.P. (Oklahoma City, OK)
October 22 Leadership, Management, and Succession Passing the Reigns: Law Firm Succession Planning and the Strategic Transfer of Client Relationships and the Role Clients Play in This Transfer Michael Bonasso, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC (Charleston, WV); Larry A. Schechtman, SmithAmundsen LLC (Chicago, IL); Bradley A. Wright, Roetzel & Andress (Cleveland, OH)
October 25 Litigation Trends in a Post-COVID-19 World Should Our Traditional Model of Conservative, Neutral and Liberal Jurisdictions be Reconsidered? How Has Today’s Political Landscape Impacted the Composition and Deliberation of Juries? Lew R.C. Bricker, SmithAmundsen LLC (Chicago, IL); Christina Maranakis, IMS-Litigation Insights; Sheryl J. Willert, Williams Kastner (Seattle, WA)
October 26 Corporate Trends in a Post COVID-19 World COVID-19 Employment Hot Topics: Everything from Return to Work to Health Privacy Issues Barbara Barron, MehaffyWeber (Houston, TX); Sandra L. Rappaport, Hanson Bridgett LLP (San Francisco, CA)
October 27 Health and Wellness Social Wellness: How Building Positive Social Habits and Routines Will Help You Stay Healthier Mentally and Physically Bryan P. Couch, Connell Foley LLP (Newark, NJ); Ryan C. Holt, Sweeny Wingate & Barrow, P.A. (Columbia, SC); Lisa Langevin, Kelly Santini LLP (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
October 28 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Don’t Just Check the Box: Avoid DE&I Fatigue by Fully Incorporating Initiatives Into Company DNA Noble F. Allen, Hinckley Allen (Hartford, CT); Neil V. Mody, Connell Foley LLP (Roseland, NJ)
October 29 Technology and Innovation Transformative Times: Promoting Innovation in the Legal Department Connor Glynn, Parlee McLaws LLP (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada); Merton A. Howard, Hanson Bridgett LLP (San Francisco, CA)
November 1 Litigation Trends in a Post-COVID-19 World Conflict Resolution Tactics During This New and Ever-Changing Environment Kevin R. Gardner, Connell Foley LLPN (Roseland, NJ); Rodney L. Umberger, Williams Kastner (Seattle, WA)
November 2 Corporate Trends in a Post COVID-19 World Global Supply Chains: Were Businesses Asleep at The Wheel at the Beginning of the Pandemic and How to Avoid Similar Issues Next Time Tamara B. Goorevitz, Franklin & Prokopik, P.C. (Baltimore, MD); J. Michael Kunsch, Sweeney & Sheehan, P.C. (Philadelphia, PA); Jennifer D. Tricker, Baird Holm LLP (Omaha, NE)
November 3 Health and Wellness Legal Considerations with Corporate Health and Wellness Programs: From HIPPA and ADA to Voluntary Participation and Incentive-Based Programs Martin S. Driggers, Sweeny Wingate & Barrow, P.A. (Hartsville, SC); Albert B. Randall, Jr., Franklin & Prokopik, P.C. (Baltimore, MD)
November 4 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Defining Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role That Chief Legal Officers and In-House Counsel Play In Protecting Your Company’s Reputation and Its Future Matthew W. Bauer, Connell Foley LLP (Newark, NJ); Amanda P. Ketchum, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle& Brumitt, P.C. (Kansas City, MO); Thomas L. Oliver, II, Carr Allison (Birmingham, AL)
November 5 Leadership, Management, and Succession Changing Your Paradigm: Improving Teammate Retention Rates and Reducing Turnover in Your Legal or Claims Department Mark A. Solheim, Larson King, LLP (St. Paul, MN); David S. Wilck, Rivkin Radler LLP (Uniondale, NY)
November 8 Litigation Trends in a Post-COVID-19 World Pitfalls and Successes of Remote/Hybrid Depositions, Pre-Trial Conferences, and Trials: What Have We Learned, How is Discovery Impacted, and Where Do We Go From Here? Lisa D. Angelo, Murchison & Cumming, LLP (Los Angeles, CA); Michael D. Plachy, Lewis Roca (Denver, CO)
November 9 Corporate Trends in a Post COVID-19 World The Surge of Mergers and Acquisitions: How Has the Complexity of Deal-Making Changed and Where Should Future Strategies be Re-Evaluated Due to Lessons Learned from the Pandemic Douglas W. Clarke, Therrien Couture Joli-Coeur L.L.P (Montreal, Quebec, Canada); Stella Lellos, Rivkin Radler LLP (Uniondale, NY); Jonathan S. Storper, Hanson Bridgett LLP (San Francisco, CA)
November 10 Health and Wellness Emotional Wellness: Learn the Signs of Emotional Wellness and How to Overcome Stresses That Can Block Your Path to Success Nicholas C. Grant, Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers (Dickinson, ND); Michael Murphy, Barclay Damon LLP (Albany, NY)
November 11 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Emotional Intelligence: How It Impacts Communications, Risk Assessment, Teamwork, Innovation and Trust in the Legal Arena Anne E. Baggott, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt, P.C. (Kansas City, MO); Colleen E. Hastie, Traub Lieberman (Hawthorne, NY)
November 12 Technology and Innovation Ransomware: You Don’t Always Have to Pay Karen P. Randall, Connell Foley LLP (Roseland, NJ)
November 15 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion What You See: Managing Implicit Bias and Its Influence and Impact on Litigation Earl W. Houston, II, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C. (Memphis, TN); Lisa M. Rolle, Traub Lieberman (Hawthorne, NY)
November 16 Corporate Trends in a Post COVID-19 World Regulation or De-Regulation: What is on the Horizon and What to Watch Out for J. Scott Searl, Baird Holm LLP (Omaha, NE)
November 17 Health and Wellness Occupational Wellness: Learn How Your Attitude to Your Work, Work Environment  and Co-Workers Can Drive You to Stay Motivated, Create Connections with Colleagues, and Find Work-life Balance Peter T. DeMasters, Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC (Morgantown, WV); Jessica Farley, Snyder Burnett Egerer, LLP (Santa Barbara, CA); Michael R. Sistrunk, McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch, LLC (Covington, LA)
November 18 Leadership, Management, and Succession Game Changers: How to Lead Your Team Through Rocky Times with Plenty of Forward Momentum Mark E. Hardin, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, L.L.P. (Tulsa, OK); Lee L. Piovarcy, Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C. (Memphis, TN)
November 19 Technology and Innovation What 2020 Taught Us and How the Disruption Taught Us to Embrace New Technologies, Protocols and More Dan L. Longo, Murchison & Cumming, LLP (Irvine, CA)
November 22 Technology and Innovation Client Demands Regarding Cyber Insurance for Outside Counsel: Why, How Much and What Sensitive Information Must be Covered Stephen J. Trayner, Strong & Hanni, PC (Salt Lake City, UT)

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