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DTCI-SchultzHave you ever considered what it would be like to stand aboard an aircraft carrier? Have you ever wanted to meet and learn from a Navy Seal who survived on his own behind enemy lines in Afghanistan? Do you like beautiful weather and great restaurants? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then the DRI Annual Meeting in California Oct. 20-24, 2010, is the place for you.

For the first time ever, the DRI Annual Meeting will be in San Diego. If you have never attended an annual meeting before, this would be a great one to be your first. And if you are a regular attendee, then we certainly look forward to seeing you again at this great event. Not only does the DRI Annual Meeting provide great CLE, but it also provides a number of opportunities for networking, meeting with your clients, and participation in many substantive law committee meetings, not to mention an overall good time with your friends in the defense bar.

It should come as no surprise that at the DTCI Annual Meeting last year in Bloomington, Ind., many of the past presidents of DTCI cited the relationships that they had built over the years with their involvement in DRI as an important part of their legal careers and experience.

This year DRI is blessed with a number of spectacular speakers. At the opening ceremony Oct. 21, Marcus Luttrell, a former U.S. Navy Seal and author of The New York Times best seller “Lone Survivor,” will take us through a story of courage, sacrifice, honor, and patriotism – his battle to survive in the Afghanistan mountains. Thursday’s awards luncheon will include a presentation by Matt Miller, author, radio host, and consultant who is a columnist for The Daily Beast and The Washington Post and a contributing editor at Fortune. On Friday, Soledad O’Brien, anchor and CNN special correspondent, will speak about the importance of mentoring, and on Saturday Mara Liasson, the political correspondent for National Public Radio, will talk about the current political climate and its impact on the legal profession.

In addition to these speakers, you can earn up to 11.5 hours of CLE credit at the annual meeting on subjects including national health-care reform and what it mean to us; the financial crisis, its origins, lawsuits, and coverage issues; social networking for litigation and business development; and discovery issues in the American civil justice system and a call for reform.

If the education and speakers are not enough, DRI has made plans for a number of social activities. On Thursday night, there will be a networking reception aboard the USS Midway Museum, which was the largest ship in the world when christened in 1945 and which served as the Persian Gulf flagship for Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Another networking reception will be Friday, conducted by the Young Lawyer’s Committee. The week’s social activities will be capped off Saturday night at the Presidential Gala and installation ceremony, which will include a DRI silent auction of many fabulous items.

In addition to all these activities, the fun and sun of San Diego itself will be at your doorstep. Nearby beaches, several hiking trails, or trips to Sea World, and the world famous San Diego Zoo are just a few of the wonderful things the city has to offer.

If you have been considering a DRI Annual Meeting for a while and are looking for one to which you can bring your family, this is the year to attend. Register before Sept. 22 and receive $200 off the registration price. For registration and hotel materials log on to www.DRI.org.

I look forward to seeing you there!•

Thomas R. Schultz is a partner in the Indianapolis firm of Schultz & Pogue and is immediate past president of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. He is the current Indiana representative to DRI. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

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