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DTCI: Rookie Seminar Success

May 6, 2015
Pictures from the recent event held by the Young Lawyers Committee of DTCI.

DTCI: Counterpoint: Contingency fees require more scrutiny than ever

April 8, 2015
This article is a response to “Contingency fees still help to provide access to courts,” published as a 25th anniversary feature in last month’s Indiana Lawyer.

DTCI: What exactly does it mean to be a ‘Hoosier lawyer?’

March 25, 2015 defines the word Hoosier as follows: 1) a native or inhabitant of Indiana (used as a nickname). 2) (usually lowercase) any awkward, unsophisticated person, especially a rustic.

DTCI: Stanley v. Walker revisited: Admissibility of discounted Medicare/Medicaid payments as evidence of reasonable value

March 11, 2015
The monumental 2009 Indiana Supreme Court decision in Stanley v. Walker fundamentally changed the way medical expenses are addressed in personal injury litigation. In the years since Stanley, confusion and disagreement have emerged at the intersection of discounted payments and government-paid health benefits.

DTCI: Best of the blogs

March 11, 2015
Highlights from DTCI member blogs.

DTCI: Still learning after all these years in practice

February 25, 2015
The practice of law is still exciting and challenging for me, even as I approach my 34th year of practice.

DTCI: The outlook for telemedicine

February 11, 2015
Wave of the future or malpractice nightmare?

Meet the 2015 DTCI board of directors

January 14, 2015
At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and directors were elected. They assumed office Jan. 1, 2015.

DTCI Annual Meeting 2014

December 17, 2014
Members gathered in French Lick to honor attorneys, attend educational sessions and socialize.

2014 DTCI Amicus Report

December 3, 2014
In 2014, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s Amicus Committee participated in a number of interesting appeals, several of which have not yet been decided. The cases DTCI became involved in this year addressed a variety of evidentiary and other issues that are of interest to the defense bar.
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  1. Oh, the name calling was not name calling, it was merely social commentary making this point, which is on the minds of many, as an aside to the article's focus: Or, if you prefer a local angle, I give you exhibit A in that analysis of viva la difference:

  2. Too many attorneys take their position as a license to intimidate and threaten non attorneys in person and by mail. Did find it ironic that a reader moved to comment twice on this article could not complete a paragraph without resorting to insulting name calling (rethuglican) as a substitute for reasoned discussion. Some people will never get the point this action should have made.

  3. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  4. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  5. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.