2019 Chicago Legal Education Conference | October 03, 2019


Gordon & Rees attorneys and distinguished guest speakers will present a half-day of stimulating and timely legal education on Thursday, October 3. This symposium will address recent Employment Hot Button issues; an update on the #MeToo movement; the rapidly-changing legal landscape with respect to privacy and cyber security laws; and an ethics panel covering the overlay between traditional ethical perils and technology. Attendees will be able to earn up to 4.0 CLE & CE credits, including 1.0 Ethics credit, and HRCI credit.


CLE credit will be provided in IL, NY, NJ, CT, FL and CA. CE credit will be provided in IL, TX, FL, and NY.


Registration & Breakfast
The programs, light breakfast, lunch, and CLE/CE/HRCI credits will be offered at no cost to our valued clients and guests.


Joelle Underwood

Thursday, October 03, 2019
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Convene Conference Center
16 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Conference Program

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

During this panel presentation, we will discuss our Top Five “Hot Button” Issues evolving in employment law in 2019 and recap the biggest changes in employment law in 2018. Our speakers will provide cutting edge advice so that well-informed employment decisions can be made to avoid the expense and uncertainty of litigation. We will also address new litigation trends identified in employment law and provide insightful advice on how to develop best practices to avoid liability.

Elizabeth Lorell / Partner, GRSM
Mercedes Colwin / Partner, GRSM
Pat Moran / Partner, GRSM
Jordan Matthis  / Associate, GRSM

10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

This panel will provide an overview of the rapidly-changing legal landscape with respect to privacy and cyber security laws, and the latest case law relating to coverage for data breach incidents and other cybersecurity-related incidents.

Avanti Bakane / Partner, GRSM
Brian Middlebrook / Partner, GRSM
Chirag Patel / Senior Counsel, GRSM

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

This session will delve into the overlay between traditional ethical perils and technology, and provide an insightful exploration of both problems and solutions in this arena. The topics to be covered will include, among others: how the digital age has impacted the ethical obligations of attorneys in competently representing their clients; inadvertent disclosures during e-discovery; obtaining personal information from wearables and other personal devices; the propriety of recording conversations; hazards of utilizing cloud-based sites; dangers from metadata and other embedded phenomena; use of social media - under false pretexts or otherwise - to gather information regarding parties, witnesses and jurors; and ethical boundaries for using electronic means to “spy” on the opposing side.

Dion Cominos / Partner, GRSM
Linda Moroney / Partner, GRSM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this panel presentation, we will discuss how the #metoo movement has not only created but continues to influence far-reaching and permanent change for employers in the conduct of their business, but also for lawyers and employers finding themselves in litigation concerning sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the workplace. Our speakers will survey changes in the law and impacts in the courtroom now that the initial #metoo wave has receded.

Laura De Santos / Partner, GRSM
Kirstie Simmerman / Partner, GRSM
Erin House / Senior Counsel, GRSM