Jack Buchanan, Founder and President
An Inspiring Thought for the Week
Peter Drucker
" The best way to predict the future is to to create it."

Some attribute this quote to Abraham Lincoln. According to Lincoln historians, there is no record that Lincoln ever said this.  The first authenticated quote, very similar in meaning, comes from author, Dennis Gabor, inventor of the hologram and Nobel Prize winner. In his 1963 book,  Inventing the Future , he said “You cannot predict the future, but you can create it.” The actual quote, “The best way to predict the future is to create it” came from Peter Drucker's 1964 book, Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Wa y, and later in 1991 that exact quote was released by the Scripps Howard News Service to several US newspaper.
To Primerus members and PCRI clients: We have now gone to a weekly eMagazine to keep you closely advised on all fast-moving events at Primerus. We know you are very busy and get inundated with email newsletters requiring a fast trigger finger on the delete key. This one is designed to be glanced at in less than one minute. If you find something of interest , click read more . Then hit delete or save to read later.  
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Workshops and Roundtables
Over 200 of you participated last summer in 24 one-hour brainstorming workshops and six two-hour roundtable sessions at the 2019 Global Conference last fall. The result of your collective imaginations is our very special make-believe law firm, Smith & Jones PC, a law firm that most lawyers would enjoy being part of and most clients would love to retain. If you have not had a chance to read the story yet, click here .
Blindsided
B y:Jack Buchanan

This is the fourth in our series of weekly articles about the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a brief update of important developments since last week supported by uncontroverted facts upon which we can rely. To review previous articles, click here.
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The Primerus Optimistic Index
Primerus is at a cautious 8. Where are you? Stock market holding steady. New York model shows excellent Covid-19 management. New US cases on the rise. States opening up prematurely. Helps economy, could backfire with sharp rise in new cases. Still no adequate screening tests. Encouraging news from the medical-pharmaceutical industries with strong effort to develop Covid-19 weapons.  
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Tips and Trick to Working from Home
B y: Katie Bundyra

Here we are, weeks into the shelter-at-home orders, and some of us are still getting used to working outside of the office. Some of us thrive on change, while others of us do not. Some of us find it challenging to keep on task, especially with the multitude of distractions within the walls of our home.
Ready, Set, .... Pause!
B y: Nick Kacher

Life is busy. People are busy. Lawyers are really busy. Why does it seem so important for so many of us to either be really busy or to at least appear really busy?  Do we think that being busy shows a certain level of success, responsibility or productiveness? Do we have to be constantly busy to live full, active and purposeful lives?  
Homeschooling During the Pandemic
B y: Sheila Buchanan

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” Bill Gates
Good People Doing Good Things
B y: Chad Sluss

In keeping with the theme of this issue of “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It,” I am pleased to share examples of our members embracing the challenges caused by the pandemic and moving ahead. Below are some examples that may be helpful to your practice and firm.
May 12th - Force Majure and Business Interruption

The global COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving and poses great challenges for businesses, particularly those involved in international trade. This presentation will discuss how existing force majeure clauses apply to this pandemic; lessons to be learned for drafting force majeure provisions in future contracts; and other developing legal issues regarding the interruption of business caused by the pandemic. The specific content of the presentation will address the latest developments regarding the pandemic and its legal consequences for businesses.
May 19th - Artificial Intelligence(AI): Who's Liable? What Standard Applies?

The presentation overviews, (1) what AI is; (2) the proposed new liability standards for AI, including, notice, explain-ability/transparency, data issues in development, post-sale duties to monitor/repair, and ethics, both non-bias and non-disparate treatment; and (3) strategies to minimize AI liability.
May 20th - Lessons Learned from COVID-19 – A Comparative Review by Region

Topics will range from employment, force majeure, insurance and other related items.
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Monday Morning Coffee with
Jack Buchanan

Join us next Monday for coffee and conversation. We will be discussing some interesting new things we are doing at Primerus these days including our new website design and our new “Virtual Law Firm” concept. In order to keep the conversation manageable, we must limit it to 25 attendees so that everyone can participate. We will do this on a first come basis. If you cannot do it this week, then please put your name in for a future Monday of “Coffee and Conversation.”

Monday, May 18th 10:00 AM EDT/
2:00 PM GMT

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