Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

DTCI: Throw your cell phone into the spaghetti bowl

August 29, 2012
From DTCI
James Strenski writes about why lawyers need to get away from their cell phones occasionally.
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DTCI: Representing minority shareholders

August 15, 2012
Jason Massaro
Jason Massaro writes about Indiana's Corporations Law and Judicial Order of Inspection.
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DTCI: Awards nominations invited

August 15, 2012
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel’s annual meeting will be held Nov. 15-16. One of the highlights of the meeting is the presentation of the “Defense Lawyer of the Year,” the “Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel,” and the “Outstanding Young Lawyer” awards.
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DTCI: North Central Region Trial Academy Sept. 28-29

August 15, 2012
From DTCI
The Trial Academy is the only trial technique seminar in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin specifically designed for the defense lawyer. Each student is videotaped while conducting part of the trial, and each receives a copy of that videotape upon conclusion of the Trial Academy.
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DTCI: The DRI annual meeting will be big fun in the Big Easy

August 1, 2012
Thomas Schultz
The 2012 DRI Annual Meeting will return to the Crescent City – New Orleans, La., – Oct. 24-28. For those of you who have had the pleasure of attending prior annual meetings in New Orleans, you will understand what a great time is in store for all attendees.
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DTCI: Workers' comp caselaw reviews

July 18, 2012
From DTCI
Ann Stewart and Karen Dutcher write about workers' compensation rulings from the last six months.
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DTCI: Note from the defense - Stop the 'unnecessary roughness'

July 4, 2012
From DTCI
While I am sure this writing could be deemed just another one that promotes civility, and while I am sure that there is a long list of ethical rules that promote that, too, I cite none here. I simply say this: Stop the (to use a football phrase) “unnecessary roughness.” I am hereby throwing a “flag on the play.”
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Kudos to DTCI members

June 20, 2012
From DTCI
Accolades for DTCI members.
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DTCI: The science of opening statements

June 20, 2012
Elliott Pinkie and Bill Kanasky write about persuasion through the use of primary and recency effects.
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DTCI: Protection of drug and alcohol treatment records

June 6, 2012
Lawyers representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil tort actions will eventually be challenged with protecting their client’s alcohol and drug treatment records from disclosure.
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Courting civility

June 6, 2012
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association joined with the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana to promote courtesy among adversaries. The two held a seminar on civility at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
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DTCI: Opinion clarifies construction manager liability on job sites

May 23, 2012
In its recent opinion in the case of Hunt Construction Group, Inc. v. Garrett, No. 49S02-1106-CT-365 (Ind. 2012), the Indiana Supreme Court provided some needed clarity concerning liability of construction managers for injuries suffered by employees of contractors on a construction site.
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DTCI: Take a moment to breathe before hitting 'send'

May 9, 2012
Robert Thornburg writes about civility among the legal profession.
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DTCI: Admission of subsequent remedial measures

April 25, 2012
A procedural or substantive concern in a strict liability action?
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DTCI: To 4G or not to 4G, that is the question

April 25, 2012
From DTCI
Kori McOmber writes about the various apps one can use on the iPad to help with practicing law.
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DTCI: DTCI and ITLA join forces to encourage civility

April 11, 2012
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association have joined to present a seminar on civility at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on May 24 titled “Two Parties…One Oath – A Conversation on Civility.”
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DTCI: Errata sheets and the deposition hallows

March 28, 2012
From DTCI
Certainly, a deposition can be a powerful tool. But what if the completed deposition transcript is delivered to the examining attorney along with an errata sheet that substantively alters material deposition responses?
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DTCI: Disabilities by association

February 29, 2012
Nondisabled employees bringing claims following law changes in 2008.
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Why Join DTCI?

February 29, 2012
From DTCI
DTCI gives readers nine reasons to join the organization.
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DTCI: North Central Region Trial Academy

February 29, 2012
From DTCI
The Trial Academy is the only trial technique seminar in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin specifically designed for the defense lawyer.
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DeGroote: The new social network - return to the bar

February 15, 2012
With more demands on my time, I find myself less involved in the state, local, and firm activities and social events. Apparently, I am not alone.
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DTCI: Legal pitfalls and evidence considerations in health care provider apologies

February 1, 2012
From DTCI
Health care provider apologies in the face of adverse patient outcomes can have profound effects in the defense of subsequent patient litigation.
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DTCI: Indiana Civil Litigation Review

February 1, 2012
From DTCI
The DTCI’s flagship publication, the Indiana Civil Litigation Review, will be distributed soon.
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DTCI: Meet your 2012 Board of Directors

January 4, 2012
From DTCI
Read about the 2012 Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana board of directors.
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18th Annual DTCI Conference & Meeting

December 21, 2011
The DTCI held its annual conference Nov. 17-18 at French Lick Resort. View photos from the event.
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