BOULDER—Nov. 14, 2017—Caplan and Earnest Attorney Doug Stevens presented on sexual-related incidents involving minors at the National Outdoor Leadership School’s 2017 Wilderness Risk Management Conference on Nov. 2 in Portland, Maine. Stevens presented alongside Traci McKee, an attorney with Florida-based law firm Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, and Dave Dennis, global safety and risk management director of Rustic Pathways and owner of a risk management consulting company called Resilient Solutions.
The trio’s presentation, “Lessons for Handling Sexual-Related Incidents: Exploring the Legal, Operational and Administrative Challenges,” focused primarily on incidents involving solely minor students and those also involving adults employed by either an adventure travel program or one of its contractors. The discussions not only provided tips for adventure travel companies to properly respond to these incidents but also presented proactive steps to hopefully prevent them from occurring and to be as prepared as possible if one is reported. The presentation relied on factual scenarios modeled after recent incidents and explored obligations imposed on mandatory reporters.
NOLS is a nonprofit wilderness school whose mission is to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment.
Stevens is a frequent lecturer to industry professionals on various facets of outdoor recreation and adventure travel programs, including liability, risk management and employment issues. He specializes in civil litigation matters, including construction, outdoor recreation, personal injury and commercial and contractual disputes.
Stevens is a member of the Watershed School’s Risk Management Committee and a volunteer for LawLine9 and the Colorado Bar Association Mentorship Program.