Neonatology & The Law Las Vegas, NV • March 17 - 19, 2016

Treating the critically ill newborn undoubtedly requires a balance between patient safety and medical care to promote the best possible outcomes.  Updated guidelines based upon current research and evidence-based best practices work towards this common goal.  However, the balance may result in litigation involving neonatal patients awarded staggering “mega-verdicts”. What are the current trends in neonatal litigation? Why do juries feel such large awards are justified? What complications and treatment strategies continue to provide challenges and generate controversy? What do you do if you are sued?

The 3rd Annual Conference on Neonatology & the Law will raise awareness, invite questions and provide guidance from our nationally renowned expert faculty as we address these diverse issues.


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Highlights & Benefits

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Treating the critically ill newborn undoubtedly requires a balance between patient safety and medical care to promote the best possible outcomes.  Updated guidelines based upon current research and evidence-based best practices work towards this common goal.  However, the balance may result in litigation involving neonatal patients awarded staggering “mega-verdicts”. What are the current trends in neonatal litigation? Why do juries feel such large awards are justified? What complications and treatment strategies continue to provide challenges and generate controversy? What do you do if you are sued?

The 3rd Annual Conference on Neonatology & the Law will raise awareness, invite questions and provide guidance from our nationally renowned expert faculty as we address these diverse issues.

  • A program designed specifically for neonatologists, perinatologists, advanced practice nurses and registered nurses, as well as medical malpractice attorneys, legal nurse consultants and risk managers.
  • Insights into legal issues arising from the evidence-based practice of neonatal/perinatal medicine and nursing.
  • A Mock Trial presentation, allowing attendees to experience a slice of courtroom atmosphere and attorney/witness exchanges and strategies.
  • Legal and medical “hot topics” presented in a manner to encourage discussion between colleagues, and between faculty members and attendees.
  • A variety of learning formats including didactic sessions, faculty panels, interactive concurrent sessions, designated Q&A times and participation as jury members in a mock trial.
  • A chance to network and relax in dazzling Las Vegas!

Mark your calendar, invite a colleague to join you, and plan to attend this unique educational opportunity.  See you there!

Conference Chairs
Jay P. Goldsmith, MD
Linda Lefrak, MSN, RN

Program Manager
Harjit Sull-Garewal, JD
Contemporary Forums

Host City: Las Vegas                                             

Dazzling Location                     

Viva Las Vegas … it’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more!

Conference Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Apply increased knowledge of the interface between medical care and the legal system in your daily practice.
  • Recognize the evolving legal and financial implications of health care acquired conditions.
  • Identify effective strategies to increase patient safety and reduce risk in the NICU.
  • Discuss clinical management strategies that reduce risk associated with medication errors, resuscitation, NEC and infections.
  • Explore the complexities of litigation in neonatology, and strategies utilized by both attorneys and witnesses during a trial.
  • Explain the anatomy of a lawsuit and the roles of the parties, attorneys, expert witnesses, judge and jury.

Who Should Attend?

  • Attorneys
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Legal Nurse Consultants
  • Neonatologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Perinatologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Risk Managers

Best, most engaging conference I have been to in years! Liz Holoman, NNP Raleigh, NC

Conference Program

Thursday, March 17


7:00 AM

Main Conference Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast


Hot Spots in Neonatal Litigation
David Lucchese, JD


Perils of Prediction: Intensive Care and Counseling at the Borderline of Viability
Eric Eichenwald, MD


Refreshment Break/Exhibits


Anatomy of a Lawsuit
Robert Smith, JD


Fetal Anemia Or Hypovolemia: Will the Neonatal Response Change the Outcome?
Jay Goldsmith, MD


Questions and Discussion - Faculty Panel

12:15 PM

Lunch on Your Own


Patient Safety Practices in Your ICN: Are They Working?
Linda Lefrak, MSN, RN


Is “Baby Friendly” Baby Safe?
Jay Goldsmith, MD


Refreshment Break/Exhibits


Admitting Your Mistakes: Suggestions from the Trenches
Louis Halamek, MD, FAAP


Legal Implications of Electronic Medical Records
Robert Smith, JD


Questions and Discussion - Faculty Panel



Friday, March 18

During each Concurrent Session, topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms.

7:00 AM

Continental Breakfast



#11 The Standard of Care: What It Means to You
John Serpe, JD

#12 Neonatal Resuscitation: New Guidelines and Old Medical Legal Exposures (Rx = .25 hr.)
Jay Goldsmith, MD

#13 Quality Improvement to Reduce the Risk of Infection
Eric Eichenwald, MD


Refreshment Break/Exhibits



#21 Understanding Hyperbilirubinemia Through Case Studies (Rx = .25 hr.)
William Rhine, MD

#22 The Challenges of Dealing with Drug-Exposed Infants in the NICU (Rx = .5 hr.)
Linda Lefrak, MSN, RN

#23 Expert Witnesses in Neonatal Litigation
Robert Smith, JD


Session Change



#31 What to Expect During Deposition in Neonatal Lawsuits
David Lucchese, JD

#32 Doing the Right Thing AND Protecting Yourself and Your Institution: Is It Possible?
Louis Halamek, MD, FAAP

#33 Delivery of Medical Bad News: What Parents Say
Linda Lefrak, MSN, RN


Lunch on Your Own

1:00 PM

Neonatal Care on Trial: Civil Litigation Mock Trial
David Lucchese, JD
Jay Goldsmith, MD
Linda Lefrak, MSN, RN
Eric Eichenwald, MD
John Serpe, JD
Gilbert Martin, MD


Refreshment Break


Continuation of the Mock Trial



Saturday, March 19

7:00 AM

Continental Breakfast


Does Apnea Cause Brain Damage?
Eric Eichenwald, MD


Use and Abuse of the Apgar Score in Neonatal Litigation
Gilbert Martin, MD


Refreshment Break


Prematurity: Cases of Legal Medical Malpractice
John Serpe, JD


Legal Aspects of Neonatal Care of Traumatic Birth Injuries
William Rhine, MD


Neonatal Safety: Environmental and Documentation Issues
Gilbert Martin, MD

12:00 PM

Question and Discussion - Faculty Panel



Conference Faculty

Eric C. Eichenwald MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jay P. Goldsmith MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Newborn Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Louis P. Halamek MD, FAAP
Director, Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California

Linda Lefrak MSN, RN
Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
Consultant, NICUs and Hand-Off Safety Initiatives
Children's Minnesota - Minneapolis and St. Paul
Oakland, California

David R. Lucchese JD
Galloway, Lucchese, Everson & Picchi
Walnut Creek, California

Gilbert I. Martin MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Loma Linda Medical Center
Director Emeritus Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Citrus Valley Medical Center
Editor Emeritus
Journal of Perinatology
West Covina, California

William D. Rhine MD
Medical Director, Neonatal ICU
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Professor of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California

John S. Serpe JD
Serpe, Jones, Andrews, Callender & Bell, PLLC
Houston, Texas

Robert H. Smith JD
Partner, Lowis and Gellen
Chicago, Illinois

Harjit K. Sull-Garewal JD
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums


Contemporary Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

18.25 ANCC/21.9 CA BRN contact hours

Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516.(CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes) 

NCC Certified Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

Contemporary Forums is a continuing education organization recognized by the National Certification Corporation.  This conference covers a variety of the Core Competency Areas and Content Topics required for the NCC’s Certification Maintenance in your specialty.


18.25 credits

Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please call Contemporary Forums regarding continuing medical education credit for neonatologists and pediatricians.

Physician Assistants

18.25 hours

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.  Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of the listed hours of Category I credit for completing this program.


CLE requirements vary by state.  Contact your State Bar Association to determine if this program meets their continuing education requirements.

Application has been made for continuing education credit from the State Bar of California.

This course is approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Education for 18.00 CLE credits, which includes 0.00 ethics credit and 0.00 substance abuse credit. 

Case Managers

Application has been made for continuing education credit from the Commission for Case Manager Certification.

Other Professionals

18.25 hours

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance verifying your attendance at this course.  Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

Informative and applicable. Ravi Kudumula, M.D


HOST CITY: LAS VEGAS                                             

Dazzling Location                     

Viva Las Vegas … it’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more! Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs--Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Thomas Keller,  just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of five Cirque du Soleil productions, the Blue Man Group and Jersey Boys.  Make sure to also consider the variety of well-known headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and magic performing during your stay.

Don’t miss the CityCenter complex located in the heart of The Strip, a blend of sleek architecture and public miniparks, with walkways and art throughout. You’ll find luxury hotels, a casino and Crystals, a three-story retail center whose shape resembles the multi-faceted surface of a quartz crystal.

There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas.  Watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage, don’t miss the rousing pirate battle at Treasure Island, marvel at the dancing waters display at the Bellagio, take a romantic gondola ride through the canals of the Venetian or dine at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris.  For a break from The Strip, take a day trip to Hoover Dam where you’ll be impressed with the power of the mighty Colorado River.

At the “new” Tropicana, you’ll find luxury rooms offering comfort, style and sophistication with open floor plans, premium amenities, plush new mattresses, and modern technology such as 42” LCD TVs and an iHome with a universal docking station.  An enticing casino waits for you, offering all the best Las Vegas games including your favorite slots and table games, a state-of-the-art race and sports book, and an award-winning rewards program.  Share a meal with friends at a variety of restaurants, ranging from an Italian trattoria to a steakhouse and 24-hour café.  Other highlights include the addition of a Mandara Spa, a modern spa and fitness center.  The Tropicana is a proud recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and the Travelocity Excellence Award for two consecutive years.

World-class dining, internationally-known boutiques, award-winning golf courses, savvy nightclubs and European-style spas are calling you to this glittering city, known as “Vegas!”  Join your colleagues for “Neonatology & the Law” and enjoy all of the fun in the city that never sleeps.  For more information, call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at

(702) 892-7575 or go online to


Hotel Accommodations

  • The conference will be held at the Tropicana Las Vegas – A Doubletree by Hilton, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109. A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from March 12 to March 22, 2016 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.
  • Rates: $135 single/double. Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.
  • Resort Fee. Room reservations are subject to a daily resort fee of $10.  Resort fee includes daily in-room high speed internet access on one device, fitness center access, and 2 bottles of water upon check-in.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before February 15, 2016. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now.  After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • For room reservations, reserve online or call (888) 381-8767 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums’ – Neonatology & the Law. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation.  Reservations must include a first night's deposit.
  • Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (702) 739-2331.  


Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZVJ9100493Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000263. 



Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee's best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked.

Tuition (U.S. Funds)

Nurse, Case Manager, Physician Assistant, Other

Case Manager, Pediatrician, Physician Assistant, Student, Attorney, Pediatrician who is AAP member, Physician


Early Registration Fee
(On or before February 4, 2016)




Regular Registration Fee
(After February 4, 2016)





Registrations may not be shared. Children of any age and spouses may not attend sessions. Audio and video recording of speakers, sessions, and/or attendees is strictly prohibited.

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Attendance and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.

* New Grads (graduated 2014 or after): To qualify, submit proof of graduation date with registration.

Early Registration Fee Deadlines
Payments postmarked or telephone/fax registration made with credit card on/before February 4, 2016 qualify for the early registration fee.

Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Payment is required to register)
Register only ONCE, online at, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707,  Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information. 

Method of Tuition Payment
Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check.Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number. 

Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available)
Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference.
Discounts do not apply to the Preconferences. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.

$25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group
$45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group

Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available)
To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply. Registrations may not be shared. 

Cancellations must be made by phone or in writing. A $75 processing fee will apply. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received or postmarked on/after February 18, 2016. However, tuition paid, less the $75 processing fee, may be applied to a future Contemporary Forums conference of equal or greater value. No refunds for "no shows."

Program Changes
Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Questions?  Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email

If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Online Learning

Contemporary Forums Online is the leading source for quality accredited healthcare continuing education.  Earn CE on demand by selecting from hundreds of multimedia presentations recorded at our national live conferences.  Each session is presented by expert faculty and topics cover a wide range of clinical areas.  Learn and earn at your convenience. Visit

Contemporary Forums Online GROUP DISCOUNTS
Provide your staff with high-quality continuing education and give your budget a break with Contemporary Forums Online Group Access Account. Organizations of any size can create customized CE programs for staff education and development. To request group account pricing and details, visit or call (925) 361-4811.

Attendee Information

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Las Vegas, NV           March 17 - 19

Thank you for registering for the Neonatology & The Law conference, being held March 17 - 19, at the Tropicana Las Vegas, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109. Telephone number (702) 739-2331.


Thursday, March 17 from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

You must check in to receive your conference materials. The location of the Registration Desk will be listed on the hotel's event schedule.


Begin promptly as listed in the conference brochure and online and are open only to registered participants. Out of consideration to others, infants, children and spouses are not permitted in the meeting rooms or refreshment break areas.


Approximately ten days before the conference begins, you will receive an email with instructions on how to review, download or print the speaker handouts posted by the faculty (assuming the speaker has provided them) on the Contemporary Forums website at The speaker handouts will not be available in the Conference Guide you will access online. Please add to your Contacts and/or Safe Senders list to ensure you receive our emails as they may otherwise be filtered as Spam or blocked.


Participants will complete online speaker evaluations for each session attended and then an overall conference evaluation in order to print the Certificate of Attendance and obtain CE credit. Completion of this process is the attendee’s responsibility and must be completed within 30 days after the conference by going to our website at Detailed instructions will be emailed to you and will also available in the online Conference Guide.



Contemporary Forums Online is your on-demand resource for quality continuing education that offers over 1,000 multimedia presentations recorded from our live conferences as well as live events. Set up your free personalized account today at For more information about discounted group access accounts, email or call 925-361-4811.



Offers a special conference rate, available until February 15, 2016, or until the room block is filled. We recommend that you make your reservation early online or by calling room reservations at (888) 381-8767 and inform them that you are attending Contemporary Forums' Neonatology and the Law Conference. After the release date of February 15, call the hotel directly at (702) 739-2331 to check for room availability.


Fare from McCarran International Airport to The Tropicana is approximately $15.00. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.


LASxpress FAST AND EFFICIENT airport transportation service is committed to providing you a convenient stress-free experience.

Xpress Non-Stop Service and Economy Service available for attendees of Neonatology and the Law

LASxpress offers:

  • Advance reservations on a secure website 24/7/365
  • Preprinted boarding passes eliminates frustration of securing transportation onsite and avoiding long taxi lines
  • Significant Savings vs. Taxi Fare
  • Priority Boarding
  • On-site Airport Staff

Contemporary Forums has partnered with LASxpress to offer $11.00 shared van or $18.00 non-stop shuttle service to/from McCarran.

View our Live Conference Calendar

Questions? Call us at (800) 377-7707
between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Monday - Friday (Pacific Time) or email

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