Year in Review: Martindale.com Events (Part 2)

by Mike Mintz on December 29, 2010 · 0 comments

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Yesterday we took you through a review of our Events from January to May.  See the post here.  Today we look at June onwards.

Have you ever downloaded or uploaded something on the Internet? We all have, but in today’s world, where content is always just a click away, it can be difficult to determine which activities can get you in trouble.  This Event showed members what they needed to know about peer-to-peer sharing and other Internet IP issues.  It featured a CLE webinar with David Nimmer, author of the prestigious treatise Nimmer on Copyright.  We also saw many guest blog posts and downloadable content made available in the Intellectual Property Group.

Check out these video interviews I did with David Nimmer for the event:



Download the Webinar with David Nimmer.

Global Lawyer to Lawyer Referral Market June 2010

Co-hosted with Alliance Partner Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, this event explored the results of a LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell global survey, “Lawyer-to-Lawyer Referrals: A Global Perspective”, which combined views of legal professionals from mid- and large size law firms in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US. Over 700 legal professionals who participated in the anonymous survey during February and March 2010.

Whether you are starting your first year of law school or you are a 3L preparing for on-campus interview season, strategies for success in law school are quite different from year to year. With that in mind, martindale.com Connected and the Lexis Hub for New Attorneys brought together experts to share their advice.  This event presented special focus forums and a video cast that you can watch by clicking this link.

Health Care Reform September, 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 is a product of the health care reform agenda of the Democratic 111th Congress and the Obama administration. The law includes a large number of health-related provisions to take effect over the next four years, including expanding Medicaid eligibility, subsidizing insurance premiums, providing incentives for businesses to provide health care benefits, prohibiting denial of coverage/claims based on pre-existing conditions, establishing health insurance exchanges, and support for medical research.  This Event featured members of the LexisNexis Health Care Reform Panel of Experts, an elite group of thought leaders on the various aspects and impacts of the PPACA. During the event, panelists shared their expertise and opinions about the PPACA through blogs, forums and podcasts, which culminated in a 2-hour, 4-part webinar.

Join the Health Care Reform group to see all of this great content.

In these demanding times, we are all asked to do more with less, and the incentive to take shortcuts can undermine even the best corporate compliance programs. At the same time, many companies are now facing increasing regulation and governmental scrutiny both at home and abroad. The current market crisis demands a renewed emphasis on cutting edge corporate compliance through the use of the best compliance practices in each relevant market. What is the best approach to creating effective auditing and monitoring? What are the proposed changes to the federal sentencing guidelines? How can you use the attorney-client privilege to protect risk assessments in Civil Code Jurisdictions?

The answers to these questions and more were discussed by the experts during our Corporate Compliance event.  It featured insights from thought leaders and subject matter experts through podcasts, blog and forum posts, free downloads, video interviews and more.

Beginning on April 20, 2010 the world watched as one of the worst environmental disasters in history unfolded in the Gulf of Mexico. After killing workers on the Deepwater Horizon rig, the explosion triggered a seemingly unstoppable gush of crude oil that spewed from the ocean floor for most of the summer. The leak caused devastation along the coast, harming wildlife, ecosystems, individuals and businesses. A compensation fund has been established. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed. One MDL has been set up in New Orleans to handle damage and injury claims, while another has been established in Houston to deal with securities claims.

These and other issues were covered during Connected’s Gulf Oil Spill Litigation event, which culminated with a free CLE webinar, “Litigation Spotlight on Claims Arising Out of the Gulf Oil Spill.”  You can see all the guest blog posts and content that was posted during our event in the Environmental Group.

This event focused on the interplay between professional liability and general liability policies when both policies are implicated in one claim. Martindale.com Connected and the Council on Litigation Management (CLM) presented a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Titled “One Claim…Two Policies,” which addressed this nuance.

The doctrine of functionality is meant to ensure that useful designs or product features are not monopolized. Hence, courts are wary of protecting product design trade dress and product features that may be basic to the product’s use, may make a product easier or cheaper to produce, or may otherwise be useful to competitors. Meanwhile, its close cousin, aesthetic functionality, denies protection to visually appealing features where there is a competitive necessity for their use.

These issues and more were analyzed and discussed during our Trademark Law event, which included guest blogs written by lawyers from Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard and Geraldson.  It also included a CLE webinar, which featured Janet Marvel, co-author of the treatise Trademarks and Unfair Competition Deskbook (4th Ed. 2009), and Anne Gilson LaLonde, author of Gilson on Trademarks.

Life Outside the Law December, 2010
We don’t need to tell you that practicing law is rarely a nine-to-five gig. Whether you are in-house or a private practice lawyer, the job easily can dominate your life, if you let it.  This Event presented the experience and advice of successful lawyers in the industry to help you find your much-needed, and deserved, work-life balance.  We heard stories from lawyers like Michael Chang, Senior In-House Counsel at Warner Brothers, who grew up as an immigrant in America and learned to speak English from Bugs Bunny cartoons, a cartoon that is produced by the same studio he now works for.  Other guest bloggers shared their stories in the Lawyer Career Center.  To read them, join the Lawyer Career Center Group.

The event also included a Live Twitter discussion using the hashtag #LOTL where all of our guest bloggers shared their insights on work life balance.  Be on the look out for an MH Blog Post summarizing what was said.  Also, we recorded a special edition Martindale Mike podcast with Michael Chang, Richard Russeth, and June Casalmir which will be released in early 2011.


That’s it for events from 2010. I’m happy to say that we are planning some great Theme Weeks and Events for 2011 on topics like LPOs, Green Cards for Foreign Entrepreneurs, Unbundling Services, and more. Let us know in the comments what kinds of content you’d like to see us focus on in the coming year, and we’ll try to make it happen.

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