Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

DTCI: Forum non conveniens law

November 7, 2012
Jeffrey Mortier
Indiana Supreme Court provides guidance.
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DTCI award recipients named

November 7, 2012
From DTCI
During its Annual Meeting Nov. 15-16, the DTCI will recognize the outstanding defense lawyers of 2012.
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DTCI: take the time to appreciate life's moments

October 24, 2012
Michele Bryant
I cannot imagine any professionals more obsessed with time than lawyers. While a great debate still rages as to whether the billable hour is dead, the fact remains that many lawyers continue to measure services to clients by a unit of time: the billable hour.
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DTCI: Rescission of insurance policies

October 10, 2012
How do insurers effectively rescind insurance policies?
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DTCI: Trimble named Insurance Lawyer of the Year

October 10, 2012
From DTCI
John C. Trimble, partner at Lewis Wagner and former president of the DTCI, has been named 2013 Indianapolis Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.
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DTCI: 'Queen bee syndrome' in the workplace – true or false?

September 26, 2012
If you are a woman trying to make it to the top of a law firm, can you expect a higher-ranking female attorney to take you under her wing? Do you need to undermine other women in order to advance or treat other women as threats?
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DTCI conference November 15-16

September 12, 2012
From DTCI
Join your colleagues at the Abe Martin Lodge inside Brown County State Park for a casual but informative two-day seminar. Bring your family and enjoy the park activities, including the indoor water park. 13.5 hours CLE credit (2.0 hours ethics) pending
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DTCI: Negligent infliction of emotional distress

September 12, 2012
There are few torts that have been subject to more expansion and modification in the last 20 years than negligent infliction of emotional distress.
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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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  1. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  2. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

  3. She must be a great lawyer

  4. Ind. Courts - "Illinois ranks 49th for how court system serves disadvantaged" What about Indiana? A story today from Dave Collins of the AP, here published in the Benton Illinois Evening News, begins: Illinois' court system had the third-worst score in the nation among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, according to new rankings. Illinois' "Justice Index" score of 34.5 out of 100, determined by the nonprofit National Center for Access to Justice, is based on how states serve people with disabilities and limited English proficiency, how much free legal help is available and how states help increasing numbers of people representing themselves in court, among other issues. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 and was followed by Hawaii, Minnesota, New York and Delaware, respectively. Local courts in Washington, D.C., had the highest overall score at 80.9. At the bottom was Oklahoma at 23.7, followed by Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana. ILB: That puts Indiana at 46th worse. More from the story: Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee and Maine had perfect 100 scores in serving people with disabilities, while Indiana, Georgia, Wyoming, Missouri and Idaho had the lowest scores. Those rankings were based on issues such as whether interpretation services are offered free to the deaf and hearing-impaired and whether there are laws or rules allowing service animals in courthouses. The index also reviewed how many civil legal aid lawyers were available to provide free legal help. Washington, D.C., had nearly nine civil legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty, the highest rate in the country. Texas had the lowest rate, 0.43 legal aid lawyers per 10,000 people in poverty. http://indianalawblog.com/archives/2014/11/ind_courts_illi_1.html

  5. A very thorough opinion by the federal court. The Rooker-Feldman analysis, in particular, helps clear up muddy water as to the entanglement issue. Looks like the Seventh Circuit is willing to let its district courts cruise much closer to the Indiana Supreme Court's shorelines than most thought likely, at least when the ADA on the docket. Some could argue that this case and Praekel, taken together, paint a rather unflattering picture of how the lower courts are being advised as to their duties under the ADA. A read of the DOJ amicus in Praekel seems to demonstrate a less-than-congenial view toward the higher echelons in the bureaucracy.

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