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Spring Symposium

The Annual Spring Symposium, to be held Friday, April 13 in Chicago. Because of the increasing importance cybersecurity plays in our personal and professional lives, this year, the Spring Symposium will focus on cybersecurity.

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When: April 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Contact: Sandra Wulf

Online registration is available until: 4/13/2018
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IDC Spring Symposium

Whether you are technologically savvy or still do not use a smartphone, cybersecurity threats pose a risk to you and your clients on a daily basis. Because of the increasing importance cybersecurity plays in our personal and professional lives, this year, the Spring Symposium will focus on cybersecurity. Specifically, the Symposium will examine cybersecurity from the perspective of law enforcement, law firms, clients, and insurers. During the Symposium, presenters will address current and emerging cybersecurity threats, protecting your firm and your clients from cybersecurity threats, responding to cybersecurity breaches, securing confidential medical information from cybersecurity breaches, insurance coverage issues arising from cybersecurity breaches, and ethical issues specific to cybersecurity.



Thursday, April 12, 2018

5:00 - 7:00  

IDC After Hours, SPiN, 344 N. State Street, Chicago

Please join the IDC for a happy hour at SPiN, Chicago’s premiere ping pong social club. Please note that food, drinks, and ping pong tables will be provided for FREE! Additionally, SPiN will have a ping pong “pro” in attendance for anyone interested in taking their ping pong game to the next level. Whether you are looking to network, show off your ping pong skills, or both, this happy hour is the place to be!

Friday, April 13, 2018 

8:00 - 8:20 
Registration and Networking
8:20 - 8:30  Opening Remarks 
8:30 -9:15

Cybersecurity Trends: The Current Threats Facing Your Clients and Your Firm

Cybersecurity threats are rapidly evolving risks that you must face in your personal and professional lives. Given the ever-changing nature of cybersecurity threats, it is imperative that you are familiar with the current threats facing you and your clients. This portion of the Symposium will address recent cybersecurity developments and trends, as seen from the perspective of law enforcement.

9:15 - 10:15

Law Firms and Cybersecurity: A Guide to Preventing and Responding to Cybersecurity Threats

Presented by: Michael Kokal, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C. and Don Brown, Firefly Network Services
As technology continues to develop and law firms grow more reliant on that technology, avoiding cybersecurity threats poses a significant and mounting challenge. This portion of the Symposium will focus on measures law firms can take to avoid cybersecurity threats, with an emphasis on issues unique to law firms, such as protecting clients’ confidential information and sending and sharing information electronically, and steps law firms should take in response to a cybersecurity breach.

10:15 - 10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:30

When the Levee Breaks: Helping Your Clients Respond to Cybersecurity Breaches

Presented by: Glenn Davis, HeplerBroom LLC
Despite the best efforts to avoid cybersecurity breaches, at some point your client might be forced to respond to such a breach. When that happens, time is of the essence and careful decision-making is required. This portion of the Symposium will provide tips and guidance for how to respond when your client has suffered a cybersecurity breach.

11:30 - 12:15
12:15 - 1:00 

Finding the Right Insurance Coverage to Address Ever-Evolving Cybersecurity Threats
Presented by: Matt Gullickson, Arthur J. Gallagher
Technology and information have become business-critical assets in the age of the World Wide Web. Companies have grown to depend on these resources to complement and expand their offerings in an effort to gain a competitive advantage over their peers. However, the benefits have been accompanied by a multitude of internal and external threats. This revelation has led to many looking at the insurance market as a way to address these dynamic risks, but have often found “off the shelf” products incapable of addressing their specific exposures. This discussion will focus on the factors that are key to evaluating enterprise-wide needs in order to obtain a broad policy that will address both current and potential threats resulting in a solid risk management program.

1:00 - 1:45

Insurance Coverage Issues Arising from Cybersecurity Threats and Responding to Cybersecurity Claims
Moderator: Seth Lamden, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Panelists: Carrie Raver, Barnes & Thornburg, Additional Speaker TBA
Because the terms of cyber insurance policies vary from insurer to insurer and there is only a handful of reported decisions addressing coverage for cyber insurance claims, there are numerous issues that could give rise to coverage disputes between cyber insurers and their insureds. This panel discussion will highlight some key areas in which potential disputes could arise, discuss best practices in presenting a cyber-insurance claim to an insurer, and explore recent trends insurers and policyholders are seeing regarding cybersecurity.

1:45 - 2:00
Refreshment Break
2:00 - 3:00

Complying with HIPAA in the Face of Cybersecurity Threats
Cybersecurity threats pose a unique risk to HIPAA covered entities and business associates. Cybersecurity attacks in the healthcare industry can result in the inadvertent disclosure of protected health information and lead to significant penalties. With the increasing number of cybersecurity threats targeting the healthcare industry, it is imperative that HIPPA covered entities and business associates understand how to prevent cybersecurity threats and comply with governing laws and regulations. Accordingly, this discussion will focus on preventing breaches, responding to cybersecurity attacks, and complying with HIPPA laws and regulations.

3:00 - 4:00

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: How Cybersecurity Changes to the Rules of Professional Responsibility Impact Your Ethical Obligations
Presented by: Melissa Smart, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
While the Rules of Professional Conduct do not impose greater duties based on the method by which a lawyer retains information or communicates with a client, recent technology amendments to the Model Rules, coupled with 2017’s ABA Formal Opinion 477, (“Securing Communication of Protected Client Information”), require attorneys to take a fresh look at their compliance with the core duties of competence and confidentiality. Through an exploration of the rule changes and recent precedent, this program will address how practitioners and firms can employ best practice techniques to avoid the ethical pitfalls of an ever-changing technological world.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

The program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit. We will apply for 1.0 hours of Illinois professionalism credit. We will apply for the following CLE credit in other states:

  • Indiana 6.5 CLE; 1.0 Professionalism
  • Iowa 6.5 CLE; 1.0 Professionalism
  • Missouri 7.8 CLE; 1.2 Professionalism
  • Wisconsin 7.8 CLE; 1.2 Professionalism

Events Committee

Gregory W. Odom, HeplerBroom LLC, Chair

Kelly A. Pachis, Lowis & Gellen, LLP, Vice Chair

Denise Baker-Seal, Brown & James, P.C.

Laura Beasley, Joley, Oliver & Beasley, P.C.

James P. DuChateauHeplerBroom LLC

Leslie OdomHeplerBroom LLC

Michael ResisSmithAmundsen, LLC

Seminar Fees

IDC Members in Private Practice $195

IDC Governmental Members $145

Non-Members $295

Insurance or Corporate Professionals $100

Registration for the Symposium includes Symposium materials, Continuing Legal Education Credit, lunch, a refreshment break and great networking opportunities at our complimentary Cocktail Reception at SPiN on Thursday, April 12.


Justification Letter

Need approval from firm leadership to help pay/offset your expense for attending the Spring Symposium? If so, follow this link to view a Justification Letter template for you to use when making the request to your firm. 

Refund Policy

Refunds must be requested in writing and will be made according to the following schedule:

  • 100% Refund – Through March 13, 2018
  • 50% Refund – March 14 - 31, 2018
  • No Refund – April 1 - 13, 2018

Substitutions for your registration may be made. However, only one copy of seminar materials will be offered per registration. Please submit substitution information in advance of the event.


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