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Volume XI of the DTCI Indiana Civil Litigation Review is now in the planning stages.

The board of editors is seeking ideas and authors for articles for Volume XI, deadline September 2014. If there is a topic you would like to see addressed in the Review, let us know, we will find an author. If you are interested in contributing an article yourself, we are happy to discuss it with you.

Email Stephen Pennell at Stuart & Branigin (srp@stuartlaw.com), editor-in-chief, or Molly Terry (mterry@dtci.org), managing editor, to discuss your ideas.

Board of Editors:

Joseph R. Alberts
Dow AgroSciences

Matthew D. Bruno
Kightlinger & Gray

Max E. Fiester
Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson

Laura Sims Gard
Kightlinger & Gray

James B. Godbold
Rhine Ernest

Belinda R. Johnson-Hurtado
Clendening Johnson & Bohrer

Philip E. Kalamaros
Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros

William Kelley Jr.
Drewry Simmons Vornehm

Patricia Polis McCrory
Katz & Korin

Jeffrey J. Mortier
Frost Brown Todd

Beth Schenberg Parsons
Kightlinger & Gray

Doris Sweetin
Sweetin Law Group

Sawyer Thorp
Travelers Staff Counsel

Amy S. Wilson
Frost Brown Todd

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