New Amateur Life Coach: Checkered Past

James J. Bell, ICLEF's Amateur Life Coach


The Amateur Life Coach (also known as attorney James J. Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll) provides you insights to both law and life in his own, unique way.

In our final episode for 2013, The Amateur Life Coach answers a question about hiring private investigators and other outside parties. This week features visiting Professor of Creative Writing at DePauw University and Writer-at-Large and Fiction Editor of Esquire Magazine, Tom Chiarella.

Submit questions for the Amateur Life Coach to or @JamesJBell on Twitter.

Written and performed by James J. Bell. Produced by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum.
This video is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice.


James focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense; attorney discipline defense and health care law. As a Marion County Public Defender, he represented clients in numerous jury and bench trials. James also represents clients in juvenile delinquency, appeals and post-conviction proceedings. James is a frequent ICLEF speaker on ethics, trial practice and criminal procedure. James just completed his first semester as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he teaches a course on professional responsibility. To date, no student has yet stood on their desk and shouted “Oh captain, my captain!” Follow James on Twitter @jamesjbell

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