DTCI: Rookie seminar will take defense practice to new levels

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knightAre you ready to learn what you really need to know to practice defense law? Well, the DTCI is ready to teach you! The DTCI will be holding its annual one-day Rookie Seminar for new lawyers on Friday, April 19, at The Montage at Allison Pointe in Indianapolis. Join us for a full day of learning the skills that will take your practice to new levels! 8.0 credits (including 1.0 ethics) have been requested.

Besides the participation of many of the stars of the Indiana defense bar, the lunch hour will feature a DTCI Past Presidents Roundtable. Together, the five former presidents enjoy nearly a century of practical knowledge and insight, and they will be sharing it all with the DTCI young lawyers. The roundtable will feature Marty Hollingsworth (1997) Bingham Greenebaum Doll; John C. Trimble (1999) Lewis Wagner; Jeff McKean (2008) McKean Law Firm; Tom Schultz (2009) Schultz & Pogue; and Mary Reeder (2010) Reid Hospital.

Registration fees: $150 DTCI Members, $100 Paralegals, $200 Non-Members (This $200 fee includes a one-year free membership in DTCI. New DTCI members also receive a one-year free membership in DRI, the national defense lawyers association, including a free DRI seminar registration.)

Registration material and additional information are available online at Click “Events” and then the link to the Rookie Seminar Brochure. Executive Director Lisa Mortier ( is happy to answer any questions you may have.•


First Audition
Opening Remarks
Michael Knight
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Setting the Stage
Pre-suit Investigation & Management
Joe Alberts, litigation counsel
Dow AgroSciences

Learning Your Lines
How to Evaluate a Case
Kori McOmber, partner
Schultz & Pogue

Dress Rehearsal
Depositions for Fun & Profit
Phil Kalamaros, partner
Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros

Contract Negotiations
ADR & Mediation
Tom Schultz, partner
Schultz & Pogue

Thanking the Academy
Voir Dire Basics
Rob Thornburg, member
Frost Brown Todd

Working with Technical Experts
Nick Levi, partner
Kightlinger & Gray

The Show Must Go On
Appellate Practice
Maggie Smith, member
Frost Brown Todd

Rolling Out the Red Carpet
Trial Tactics
Kevin C. Schiferl, member
Frost Brown Todd

Sharing the Spotlight
Ethics in the Courtroom
Hon. Heather Welch, Civil Division
Marion Superior Court

That’s a Wrap!
Cocktail Reception

Mr. Knight is an attorney with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Trial Division and chairs the Young Lawyers Committee of the DTCI. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.


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