The symposium dealt with the finite nature of land, the increasing recognition of the need to protect natural and built resources, and the greater sophistication of both development advocates and opposition stakeholders. Because all of these factors have resulted in increased conflict, the presenters focused on creative and effective conflict resolution. Mr. O'Hanlan moderated the second of three panels, and Mr. Merriam, who co-chaired the event, was a member of the third panel. Speakers and attendees, filling the school's 180-seat courtroom to capacity, included lawyers, judges, developers, public officials, environmental activists, property owners, land planners, lenders, design professionals, and consultants.
Ms. Cole-Johnson spoke about strategic workforce planning for U.S. market entry initiatives for UK-based higher education institutions.
Offering views from a U.S. standpoint, Mr. Faulkner spoke about the funding and delivery of construction projects at higher education institutions in the U.S.
Mr. Merriam discussed the most up-to-date approaches on rewriting local zoning ordinances. The participants' learning objectives included being able to describe mandatory planning and the consistency doctrine, to explain consensus building, to identify and build a living document, and to handle meetings, hearings, and public debate. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
The session covered the significance of emerging drone technology on city and town planning, along with public concerns, given the wide range of recreational and commercial current uses of drones. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
In response to the New York DFS Cybersecurity Regulation, effective March 1, 2017, the article details which covered entities are covered by the regulation, how DFS will enforce it, how it differs from other laws and regulations, whether covered entities will be required to report every attempted intrusion to DFS, and how covered entities are required to manage third-party vendors.
The conference was attended by almost 200 fire service, insurance, and legal professionals. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Murphy explored the different types and purposes of testimony in both civil and criminal cases; the development of law of expert testimony, including the recent decision of the Florida Supreme Court on the standard for admissibility of expert testimony; and common challenges to qualifications and methodology of experts in fire cases, including challenges related to NFPA 921 and NFPA 103. They also provided insight and advice on what experts in fire cases can expect both in the preparation for testifying and during cross-examination.
The conversation between the host of the broadcast, Llewellyn King, and Ms. Freedman explored how individuals and businesses can protect their electronic data against increasingly sophisticated hackers and cybersecurity practices that can protect data. Click here to see the entire interview.
Mr. Malloy spoke about coverages available from the investor to fund the portfolio company and coverage issues that may arise when private equity board members also serve as portfolio board members.
The workshop is part of CI’s Project Management Certification program. Mr. Faulkner addressed how early knowledge of potential issues on a project can help mitigate any associated legal consequences and costs. In the session, the participants reviewed potential legal issues that can arise from missteps; examined case law examples that resulted from construction-related issues; and discussed the importance of considering legal hurdles before making decisions.
Mr. Merriam provided practice tips in the session "Tips and Resources for Legal Research and Preparation for Land Use and Zoning Applications and Cases" and discussed the best resources for preparing zoning applications, doing legal research, drafting briefs, and performing factual investigations in land use matters. Click here to view the corresponding PowerPoint.
Mr. Borden presented the program and Ms. Freedman and Ms. Napp participated in the discussion. The session addressed the implications of the New York Department of Financial Services' cybersecurity regulation, effective March 1, 2017, specifically focusing on the details of the regulation, how it affects more than just technology organizations, and, most importantly, what it takes to create an effective compliance program. Click here to view the session's PowerPoint.
Mr. Dwyer presented on the topic of bad faith litigation in Connecticut and around the country. The event covered what constitutes bad faith, discovery and proof at trial, and whether the attorney-client privilege is eroding in the context of bad faith litigation.
Topics covered were how drones can monitor job sites, perform safety inspections, keep projects on time and on budget, and effectively grow businesses and potentially cut costs. Also discussed were the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 regulations, voluntary best privacy and security practices, and how businesses can comply with these regulations and practices. Mr. Stamatovski spoke about supplying hardware (drones) and software to many industries already using drones worldwide and provided a drone display, which he designed and built, for audience members to view up close.
The discussion focused on the types of claims being raised in RLUIPA litigation and how the courts have responded, the steps local governments can take to avoid RLUIPA challenges, and effective strategies for municipalities in defending RLUIPA claims. Click here to view the PowerPoint for the session.
The session addressed best practices in construction law, focusing on onerous contract clauses, quality of design, and avoiding litigation and arbitration.
The presentation focused on underwriting issues, legal remedies concerning those issues, and underwriters as witnesses. The attendees included 50 lawyers who handle complex liability claims and their managers.
Mr. Borden discusses how lawyers trained in technology and cybersecurity can help companies achieve better protection, mitigate risk, and more effectively report on overall cybersecurity risk.
Ms. Rattigan and Ms. Turner discussed how drones can collect valuable data to reduce losses, evaluate and monitor risks, reduce fraud, and increase the productivity, safety and efficiency of claims adjusters. Additionally, they addressed the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 regulations, voluntary best privacy and security practices, and how businesses using drones can comply with these regulations and practices. Mr. Stamatovski spoke about supplying hardware (drones) and software to many industries already using drones worldwide and provided a drone display, which he designed and built, for audience members to view up close.
The session provided perspectives on requirements for cybersecurity in the supply chain, implementation of cybersecurity in the supply chain, the effect of cybersecurity in the supply chain on the enterprise culture, and raising awareness of cybersecurity in the acquisition community.
The panelists discussed how recent new congressional rules and regulations will affect both the public and private sector. They specifically focused on breach notification, including case studies where some of the largest companies in the world did not properly discharge their notification obligations; what a cyber incident means for a company, including the associated costs; and legal solutions currently being debated.
The session addressed solutions for home health providers. The panel of managed care veterans examined data sharing and gainsharing and offered the payer perspective on value-based partnerships, including how home health providers can share in the risk. Home Care 100 provides a forum for senior executives in the home care and hospice fields to discuss the current business landscape, growth strategies, and the future direction of the industry.
A team of lawyers from Robinson+Cole's Hartford, Stamford, and Miami offices hosted a complimentary screening of the recently released Netflix original documentary The Ivory Game. Produced by Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions, the film describes the ivory trade and poaching of elephants in Africa. The screening was preceded by a discussion of the team's pro bono project for the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia. The team is working with lawyers from the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law and DLA Piper in evaluating Namibia's legislative framework for wildlife crimes and in recommending legislative changes to increase effective prosecution and adjudication of wildlife crimes. Click here for a photo from the event.
The session provided a comprehensive overview of environmental rules, exposures, and trends likely to emerge or strengthen over the course of the year and how Connecticut environmental professionals can navigate these choppy waters.
The session, the first in the series, covered end point security, where users interact with systems and data. Endpoints are often vulnerable, challenging the security footprint. To help mitigate the vulnerability, the discussion focused on anti-malware, network access control, intrusion detection/prevention, device management, and USB device control, among other key topics.
The session addressed the preparation of mediators and clients for mediation; key settlement issues regarding authority, control, timing, confidentiality, and limited discovery; and insurance-specific dynamics and considerations.
Ms. Freedman identified data security vulnerabilities that all construction firms need to address, offered practical ways to deal with those vulnerabilities, and provided the top questions to ask their IT and HR departments and vendors.
The session examined emerging technologies and shifting regimes that experts anticipate for the near future
The discussion focused on the most relevant patent, trademark, and copyright cases in 2016 and how they will affect the practice of intellectual property going forward. Ms. Doolan moderated the session, and Mr. Nault presented the patent portion.
To an audience of senior executives, Ms. Freedman offered practical tips and a plan on how to address the increasing risk of data management, build data privacy and security into the company culture, and engage employees in becoming part of the process.
Mr. Merriam examined the implications 25 years after the ruling in Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, where the Supreme Court established the premier categorical takings standard, and whether its application still matters even though Lucas remains the controlling law. Click here to see the PowerPoint for the session.
Discussion of Revised Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) rules governing attachment, perfection, and priority of security interests in investment property.
Treatise chapter on postclosing matters in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases.
Two chapters to the manual. The first, coauthored with Donald Lee Rome, covers bankruptcy considerations in workouts. The second is a description of how claims trading impacts the workout.
Chapter regarding issues that financial officers of nondebtor entities should be aware of in reorganization and liquidation cases.
Connecticut portion of collection of laws regarding exemptions in bankruptcy.
Overview of environmental regulatory outlook for 2017, with emphasis on recent and expected new regulations and impacts of the Trump administration
Health Law Litigation Team lawyers Patrick W. Begos and Theodore J. Tucci conducted a roundtable program for in-house counsel for a major group disability insurer handling claim litigation in the group benefits area. The program was on “Risk Management and Litigation Issues Arising Out of the January 2017 Amendments to ERISA Disability Claim Regulations.” The new regulations were issued by the state Department of Labor, and the substantive changes go into effect in January 2018. The new rules impose significant changes on benefit plans and insurers in the claims-handling processes that will govern claims by employees for disability benefits. Plans and insurers are beginning the process now to formulate and implement claim operation changes in order to be ready to comply with the new requirements.
The program, which covered legislative activity in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, addressed what is anticipated for the mortgage industry in 2017, how businesses may have to change going forward, and whether the post-crash laws, regulations, and heightened enforcement activity will begin to subside.
In response to how often law firms are victims of data breaches and hacks, the article outlines a proactive approach in securing data. First, law firms can use cost-effective tools, such as e-mail encryption services, secure file management and transfer solutions, multifactor authentication, mobile device management, and integrated malicious code detectors. Also, they can develop a security conscious culture and stress that every employee must be committed to taking the steps necessary to protect the firm's information and systems. Finally, through the Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization, they can share cyber threat information to collectively improve their knowledge of threats and better prepare for them.
The session focused on the key land use decisions and developments in 2016 that had the most impact on land use law along with the lessons learned. Click here to view the PowerPoint and here to view the resource materials.