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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

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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  1. Especially I would like to see all the republican voting patriotic good ole boys to stop and understand that the wars they have been volunteering for all along (especially the past decade at least) have not been for God & Jesus etc no far from it unless you think George Washington's face on the US dollar is god (and we know many do). When I saw the movie about Chris Kyle, I thought wow how many Hoosiers are just like this guy, out there taking orders to do the nasty on the designated bad guys, sometimes bleeding and dying, sometimes just serving and coming home to defend a system that really just views them as reliable cannon fodder. Maybe if the Christians of the red states would stop volunteering for the imperial legions and begin collecting welfare instead of working their butts off, there would be a change in attitude from the haughty professorial overlords that tell us when democracy is allowed and when it isn't. To come home from guarding the borders of the sandbox just to hear if they want the government to protect this country's borders then they are racists and bigots. Well maybe the professorial overlords should gird their own loins for war and fight their own battles in the sandbox. We can see what kind of system this really is from lawsuits like this and we can understand who it really serves. NOT US.... I mean what are all you Hoosiers waving the flag for, the right of the president to start wars of aggression to benefit the Saudis, the right of gay marriage, the right for illegal immigrants to invade our country, and the right of the ACLU to sue over displays of Baby Jesus? The right of the 1 percenters to get richer, the right of zombie banks to use taxpayer money to stay out of bankruptcy? The right of Congress to start a pissing match that could end in WWIII in Ukraine? None of that crud benefits us. We should be like the Amish. You don't have to go far from this farcical lawsuit to find the wise ones, they're in the buggies in the streets not far away....

  2. Moreover, we all know that the well heeled ACLU has a litigation strategy of outspending their adversaries. And, with the help of the legal system well trained in secularism, on top of the genuinely and admittedly secular 1st amendment, they have the strategic high ground. Maybe Christians should begin like the Amish to withdraw their services from the state and the public and become themselves a "people who shall dwell alone" and foster their own kind and let the other individuals and money interests fight it out endlessly in court. I mean, if "the people" don't see how little the state serves their interests, putting Mammon first at nearly every turn, then maybe it is time they wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe all the displays of religiosity by American poohbahs on down the decades have been a mask of piety that concealed their own materialistic inclinations. I know a lot of patriotic Christians don't like that notion but I entertain it more and more all the time.

  3. If I were a judge (and I am not just a humble citizen) I would be inclined to make a finding that there was no real controversy and dismiss them. Do we allow a lawsuit every time someone's feelings are hurt now? It's preposterous. The 1st amendment has become a sword in the hands of those who actually want to suppress religious liberty according to their own backers' conception of how it will serve their own private interests. The state has a duty of impartiality to all citizens to spend its judicial resources wisely and flush these idiotic suits over Nativity Scenes down the toilet where they belong... however as Christians we should welcome them as they are the very sort of persecution that separates the sheep from the wolves.

  4. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  5. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.