DRI’s 16th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26 to 30 at the Marriott Wardman Park. DRI’s commitment to provide blockbuster speakers will reach an all-time high at this annual meeting. First, on Thursday, Oct.27, we are pleased to have U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and award-winning author Bryan A. Garner presenting “Making Your Case — The Art of Persuading Judges,” at which time they will share insight on the principles of persuasion, legal reasoning, brief writing, and oral argument. On Friday, Oct. 28, Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd president of the United States, will be our keynote speaker. His presentation — “Embracing Our Common Humanity” — will be thought-provoking and timely. Also on Friday, John S. Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, will speak on transportation security, its evolution, and future. Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 29, an interactive three-hour blockbuster will feature preeminent trial advocacy experts Thomas A. Mauet and Dominick J. Gianna.
In addition to these outstanding speakers, participants will have an opportunity to earn up to 11.5 hours of CLE credit. DRI’s substantive law and practice area committees have planned outstanding education programs to complement their business meetings. The corporate counsel committee is also presenting an excellent program on “The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine.”
Kicking off the annual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26, there will be a first-time attendees and DRI new-member reception in the exhibit showcase followed by the welcome reception — D.C. style! Thursday evening will include the very popular diversity reception and the off-site networking reception being held at the Newseum, the world’s most interactive museum, where five centuries of news history meets up-to-the-second technology. Friday evening brings a networking reception hosted by the DRI Young Lawyers Committee, which is open to all. Finally, the president’s gala on Saturday night will feature gourmet food and wine stations along with a DRI silent auction and entertainment.
For those of you who have never attended a DRI annual meeting or for those of you who currently are not members of DRI, now is the time to join and now is the time to attend. It should come as no surprise that at the DTCI annual meeting held a few years ago in Bloomington, Ind., many past presidents of DTCI, when asked about some of the most rewarding times of their defense careers, cited the friends and relationships that were started and developed through attending DRI annual meetings. Save $200 by registering on or before Sept. 28. Given the lineup of speakers, I would encourage you to register as soon as possible as it is anticipated that this will be the largest ever attended DRI annual meeting. For information on registering as well as information on becoming a member of DRI, log on at www.dri.org.
I look forward to seeing you there!•
Thomas Schultz is a partner in the Indianapolis firm of Schultz & Pogue. He is a former president of DTCI and the current Indiana representative to DRI. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.