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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 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: For Small and Medium Size Businesses and Their Owners (01/21/2021)

Program Number: 3118 Presenter: Sixtine Bousquet-Lambert, Esq., Luke McGrath, Esq., Carolina Pineda-Martinez, Esq., Eden P. Quainton, Esq., Ludovico Rossi, Esq.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is a major source of liability for US companies doing business abroad as well as for non-US companies with subsidiaries, listings or even transient contacts in the US. Many of the high-profile cases over the past decade have involved large multinationals such as Total, Alcatel, Eni and Tyson Foods. But the SEC and DOJ are increasingly turning their attention to individuals as a means of putting teeth in the FCPA. In addition, smaller companies have been caught in the cross-hairs of the US regulators and have faced fines reaching in the tens of millions of dollars—very significant amounts for smaller companies. Finally, the reputational risk associated with an SEC or DOJ enforcement action can permanently damage a company’s goodwill regardless of its size. As a result of the foregoing, small and medium sized businesses and their owners would be well advised to be

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Countering Crime Insurers’ “Direct Loss” Defenses against Coverage for Cyber Scams (01/06/2021)

Program Number: 3111 Presenter: Joshua Gold, Esq.

Among the various arguments insurance companies have deployed to attempt to deny “Computer Fraud” coverage under crime policies, three have been focal points in multiple court contests. All three are variants on the theme that the crime in question was not “brute force” hacking per se – direct invasion of a computer – but scams that in one way or another induced action from individuals acting on behalf of the targeted organization. Participants in this session will learn the nuances of these defenses against coverage, the grounds on which state and federal courts have rejected them, and the terms in which to credibly resist coverage denials under crime policies when their organizations are the victims of cyber scams.

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Practical Tips for Obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order Against Former Employees (01/13/2021)

Program Number: 3106 Presenter: Rogge Dunn, Esq., Greg McAllister, Esq.

The key to winning a successful Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is understanding your client's goals. Rogge Dunn and Greg McAllister have spent a great part of their practice working with clients seeking or defending against injunctive relief. They’ll share their thoughts on strategy and clear thinking before seeking extraordinary relief. Topics will include legal points (drafting pleadings and orders) and specific subjects (trade secrets, noncompetition/nonsolicitation covenants, lift outs). They will also share stories from the battlefield because practical tips can make the difference between winning and losing.

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NYC Human Rights Law: The 'Gold Standard' of Anti-Discrimination Laws (02/16/2021)

Program Number: 3104 Presenter: Mark S. Goldstein, Esq., Alexandra Manfredi, Esq.

As many businesses have come to learn in recent years, New York City is home to one of the nation’s most expansive anti-discrimination laws: the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The NYCHRL is unique on a multiple fronts, including its broad protections and definitions, burdensome obligations for employers, and expanded remedies. This program will explore the history of the NYCHRL, what differentiates it from other anti-discrimination statutes, and provide practical recommendations for employers grappling with its multifaceted requirements.

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Up the Ladder Reporting – Counsel’s Ethical and Legal Obligations for Addressing Potential Violations by Management (03/11/2021)

Program Number: 3101 Presenter: Erik R. Anderson, Esq., Carolyn H. Kendall, Esq.

This ethics program will discuss a lawyer’s legal and ethical obligations when he or she believes that a member of management is no longer fit to carry out company responsibilities or potentially violating company policy or the law. Drawing from real world examples, this program will ensure that both in-house and outside counsel understand their role and obligations under such circumstances and provide them with practical steps to navigate these complex situations. Participants will understand their applicable ethical duties under the Model Rules and the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, including when or if a “noisy withdrawal” is required; learn when and under what circumstances they can or should report to the Board or other governing body; and the role of internal investigations conducted by outside counsel, including potential risks and complexities for in-house counsel who may have been involved in the underlying fact pattern.

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The Conservative Case for Class Actions (03/10/2020)

Program Number: 3068 Presenter: Professor Brian Fitzpatrick, Esq.

In this program, Professor Fitzpatrick discusses his new book The Conservative Case for Class Actions (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Professor Fitzpatrick argues that conservatives and libertarians should prefer private enforcement of the law to the only viable alternative—more government—for the same reason they prefer other private sector solutions to problems. Although he thinks our class action system is not perfect, he gathers data to show that it is working much better than people think. At the end of this program, participants will: 1) understand the theoretical advantages and disadvantages of government versus private enforcement, 2) learn the data comparing government enforcement to class actions, 3) learn the data on how many class actions are meritless, how much attorneys are paid in class actions, and how class actions deter misconduct, and 4) understand class action legal doctrines and how they might be improved.

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Handling Death Cases in New York (12/04/2020)

Program Number: 30290 Presenter: Andrea Alonso, Esq.

There are two separate and distinct causes of action in death cases: survivorship cause of action and wrongful death. ● Survivorship cause of action belongs to the estate for decedent’s pain and suffering prior to death. ● Wrongful death cause of action belongs to distributees who have suffered pecuniary loss by reason of death. In any death case, there will be a unified trial. The Burden of proof is still the plaintiff’s, but not as high a burden as in death cases. For wrongful death damages, decedent’s estate is entitled to collect interest at the rate of 9% from date of death to date of judgment, governed by Section 5-4.2 of the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (hereinafter the EPTL). Join Andrea Alonso as she helps attorneys to familiarize themselves with the two distinct causes of action and what is and is not recoverable under each.

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Helping Diverse Attorneys Thrive: Tips from In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30279 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Wesley D. Bizzell, Esq., Malachi B. Jones, Jr. Esq., Bonnie Lau, Esq.

Most law firms and corporate legal departments have had diversity-related initiatives for years, but these efforts have failed to develop and retain significant numbers of diverse attorneys. The pandemic and economic downturn threaten to derail the modest successes that have been achieved, but now is the time for law firms and legal departments to double-down on diversity and inclusion. Join the conversation with in-house and outside counsel as they discuss initiatives and share the experiences that have helped diverse attorneys thrive and have made a positive impact with their firms and organizations.

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Communication Techniques to Overcome Gender Bias in the Legal Profession (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30242 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq., Andrea S. Kramer, Esq.

Andie Kramer and Alton B. Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias (Second Edition) and It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace, discuss the nature and extent of the achievement disparity between female and male lawyers, and why and how gender stereotypes and the biases that flow from them cause this disparity by preventing women from advancing in their legal careers as far and as fast as men. Andie and Al provide lawyers with specific insights and communication techniques they can use to avoid or overcome these often subtle and unconscious gender biases in their legal practices. The program includes a discussion of the relevance of ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g), ABA Resolutions 10A, 108D, 300, 302, and ABA’s Mission Statement. I. Understand the pervasive nature of gender stereotypes with respect to women, men, families, work, and leadership II. Recognize how these gender stereotypes result in discriminatory biases that operate to

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