DTCI: DRI is the voice of the defense bar

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dtci-mortimer-reneeMy defense lawyer colleagues, I write again in my capacity as Indiana state representative for the DRI. As you know, DRI is the national organization of civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel. If you are a defense lawyer, and you are NOT a member of DRI, you are truly doing yourself and your practice a disservice. DRI provides its members with wonderful opportunities to better their practices, increase their client base, and, most important, make lasting professional and personal relationships.

While I have your attention, I want to point out one of the newer DRI programs, of which I am so proud. It is the “DRI for LIFE” initiative, which focuses on the well-being of DRI members. DRI is working every day to include programs on health and work-life balance in all its events. All lawyers — and not just defense lawyers — are under such stress every day that it is easy to put our health and personal lives aside, with the “all work and no play” mentality that this career demands. DRI recognizes this challenge and is here to support all of us in our efforts to be healthier and happier!

Also, I want to make sure that you know that the DRI Annual Meeting is close by this year. Mark your calendars, because we are going to Chicago! The annual meeting is from Oct. 4-8, 2017, and it is being held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. DRI has planned a week of spectacular speakers, cutting-edge CLE presentations, and creative networking events. Of course, Chicago also has world-class museums, architecture, shopping, music, sports and dining, so there will be activities for all!

As always, the DRI Annual Meeting is designed to provide attendees with opportunities to engage, learn, connect and grow. We will hear from some of the world’s foremost authorities on the legal landscape, the Supreme Court, foreign affairs and domestic politics. We will learn about developing legal topics and earn up to 12 hours of CLE credit, including up to 3 hours of ethics credit. We will network with each other during the meeting and at wonderful Chicago locations, such as the Field Museum, where one of the networking receptions will occur this year. We will have an opportunity to grow our firms by getting more involved at the business and industry meetings. Join DRI and register for the annual meeting at I hope to see you all there!•

Renee Mortimer is a partner in the Schererville office of Hinshaw & Culbertson and is vice-president of the DTCI. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.


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  1. The voices of the prophets are more on blogs than subway walls these days, Dawn. Here is the voice of one calling out in the wilderness ... against a corrupted judiciary ... that remains corrupt a decade and a half later ... due to, so sadly, the acquiescence of good judges unwilling to shake the forest ... for fear that is not faith ..

  2. So I purchased a vehicle cash from the lot on West Washington in Feb 2017. Since then I found it the vehicle had been declared a total loss and had sat in a salvage yard due to fire. My title does not show any of that. I also have had to put thousands of dollars into repairs because it was not a solid vehicle like they stated. I need to find out how to contact the lawyers on this lawsuit.

  3. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  4. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  5. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.