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Amateur Life Coach Discusses Employee Morale

Amateur Life Coach Discusses Employee Morale

James J. Bell, ICLEF's Amateur Life Coach

Originally posted May 2014

The Amateur Life Coach (also known as attorney James J. Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll) is back to dispense his unique thoughts, advice and wisdom to his real and imagined viewers…

This week our question comes from Indianapolis attorney Adam Christensen regarding whether allowing casual attire improves office morale.

Now, you can also “like” the Amateur Life Coach at Facebook!  Visit his facebook account today and catch up on his day-to-day activities.

More from James Bell on professional liability and legal ethics issues can be found in his “3 Things to Know” column appearing regularly in the Indiana Lawyer. Visit www.theindianalawyer.com.

Questions for the Amateur Life Coach?  Email them to iclef@iclef.org 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.

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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

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

 

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2014 Masters Series Summer Conference

This years Masters Series Summer ConferenceTM will be held Thursday, July 17th through Saturday, July 19th, 2014, at the beautiful French Lick Springs Resort & Casino & West Baden Springs Resort, in French Lick, Indiana. Attendance will be limited so register soon!

Four of ICLEF’s Masters Series programs will meet concurrently Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, while also allowing for time to enjoy fellowship and all there is to see and do at the French Lick Springs Resort & Casino as well as the remarkable setting of the neighboring West Baden Springs Resort. Very special room rates have been made available for ICLEF Masters Series ConferenceTM Attendees. Hotel reservations can be made online at www.FrenchLick.com or by calling 812-936-9300.

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Advanced Level Seminars at This Years Conference:
ICLEF is pleased to present advanced-level seminars, known collectively as The Masters Series, for those practitioners who require a distinct level of continuing legal education in their respective fields. Trademarks of The Masters Series include a low faculty-to-attendee ratio, seating arrangements that facilitate interaction, and topics designed to make you think, while providing you with answers to the tough questions and difficult situations you may encounter in your practice.

Click a title below for Topics, Faculty, Agenda, Price & Registration information. To download a PDF of the 2014 Masters Series ConferenceTM Brochure & Registration form, Click Here.

Pardon the Interruption: Ethics! – 3 CLE / 3 E
– James J. Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis
– Charles “Chuck” M. Kidd, Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission
– Kevin P. McGoff, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP
– Margaret “Meg” M. Christensen, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP

Advanced Individual Bankruptcy Chapters 7, 11 & 13 – 6 CLE / 1 E
Program Chairs:
– Mark S. Zuckerberg, Bankruptcy Offices of Mark S. Zuckerberg P.C., Indianapolis
– Deborah J. Caruso, Dale & Eke Professional Corporation, Indianapolis

Advanced Business Succession Planning – 6 CLE
Program Chair:
– Jeanne E. Longsworth, Longsworth Law LLC, Fort Wayne

Advanced Issues in Family Law – 6 CLE
Program Chair:
– Kendra G. Gjerdingen, Mallor Grodner LLP, Bloomington

Negotiation Strategies within Mediation – 6 CLE / 6 CME / 1 E
Program Chairs:
– Martin E. Latz, Latz Negotiation Institute
– Samuel R. Ardery, Bunger & Robertson, Bloomington

 

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Masters Series ConferenceTM Schedule of Events:

Thursday, July 17, 2014
10:00 A.M.     ICLEF Board of Directors Meeting
                        West Baden Room, West Baden Springs
12:00 P.M.     ICLEF Masters Series ConferenceTM Registration Open
                        Level 2 Conference Facility Area
1:50 P.M.        Welcome & Introduction
                        – Alan M. Hux, Masters Series ConferenceTM Chairperson
                        – Windsor Ballrooms, Level 2 Conference Facility Area
2:00 P.M.       PTI: Ethics!
                        - James J. Bell, Program Chair
                        - Windsor Ballrooms, Level 2 Conference Facility Area
3:30 P.M.       Program Break
3:45 P.M.       Plenary Session continues
5:15 P.M.       Adjourn for the Day

5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.      Hosted Reception (Open to All Faculty, Registrants & Guests)
                                         Join us for our welcoming reception with complementary drinks and heavy h’orderves

Friday, July 18, 2014
7:30 A.M.      ICLEF Masters Series ConferenceTM Registration Open
                      – Level 1 Conference Facility Area
7:45 A.M.      Continental Breakfast for Faculty & Attendees
                      – Level 1 Conference Center Foyer
9:00 A.M.     Begin Part One of the 2014 Masters Series ConferenceTM
                      - Level 1 Conference Center

Program start and break times will vary by individual seminar agenda

12:15 P.M.    Adjourn for the Day

3:00 P.M.     Historic West Baden Tour
                   (Open to All Registrants & Guests for $10. Proceeds benefit Indiana Landmarks,
                    a Nonprofit Organization. See Below for more information)

4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.     ICLEF Private Slot Tournament
                                        (Open to All Registrants & Guests. See Below for more information)
                                        - Entertainment Lounge, French Lick Casino

To download a PDF of the 2014 Masters Series ConferenceTM Brochure & Registration form, Click Here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

7:30 A.M.      ICLEF Masters Series ConferenceTM Registration Open
                      – Level 1 Conference Facility Area
7:45 A.M.      Continental Breakfast for Faculty & Attendees
                      - Level 1 Conference Center Foyer

Program start and break times will vary by individual seminar agenda

9:00 A.M.     Begin Part Two of the Masters Series ConferenceTM
                    - Level 1 Conference Center
12:15 P.M.    Conference Adjourns

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Tour the Historic Grounds

Friday July 18, 2014 • 3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.   Prior to our movie presentation, enjoy a private tour of the West Baden Springs Resort to truly appreciate the architectural and historical significance of the resort. A nominal fee of $10 will be charged for the tour, with all proceeds going to Indiana Landmarks. To register for the Historic West Baden Tour email: scottking@iclef.org.  Or to download a PDF of the 2014 Masters Series Conference Brochure & Registration form, Click Here.

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ICLEF Slot Tournament:
Friday, July 18, 2014  •  4:00 P.M.– 6:00 P.M.
- Entertainment Lounge, French Lick Casino

Reigning Tournament Slot King
L. Tyler Spies, Deatrick & Spies PSC, Louisville, KY

A new twist to our popular slot tournament this year! Tournament Participants and Conference attendees alike will join us for our private reception in the French Lick Casino.  The first 60 Slot Tournament registrants will receive two complimentary drink tickets while a cash bar and complimentary h’orderves will be available for all of our conference guests and tournament players.  Join us for your chance to win or simply catch up with friends and cheer on our slot tournament competitors before starting your evening at the resort!

To register for the Slot Tournament email: scottking@iclef.org.  Or to download a PDF of the 2014 Masters Series Conference Brochure & Registration form, Click Here. 

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Other Activities & Offerings:

French Lick Springs Resort & Casino
Spend some time exploring all there is to do and see at French Lick Springs Resort & Casino and neighboring West Baden Springs Resort. Concierge service will be provided by FLSR and available throughout the day at the ICLEF registration desk to assist you in making tee times, spa or dinner reservations, and to assist you with the many other activities and features of the beautiful and historic French Lick Springs Resort!  For a complete list of activities at the resort, please go to the resort’s website at www.FrenchLick.com 

Very special room rates have been made available for ICLEF Masters Series Conference Attendees. Hotel reservations can be made online at www.FrenchLick.com or by calling 812-936-9300.

Enjoy a Round of Golf!
It is recommended that reservations for the French Lick Resort Golf Courses be made prior to your arrival. As special guests of ICLEF, conference attendees may reserve tee times at either the nationally recognized Pete Dye Course or Donald Ross course on either Wednesday afternoon (7/24) or Thursday morning (7/25) regardless of where you make your overnight accommodations! ICLEF has blocked a limited number of tee times on these two dates for your convenience. These tee times are available until July 5, 2013 so make your plans today! For golf reservations call 812-936-9300 & ask for the ICLEF reserved tee times.

ICLEF's 2013 Masters Series Conference, July 25-27, 2013, French Lick Springs Resort & Casino & West Baden Springs Hotel & Spa, French Lick, IN ICLEF's 2013 Masters Series Conference, July 25-27, 2013, French Lick Springs Resort & Casino & West Baden Springs Hotel & Spa, French Lick, IN

Concierge service will be provided by French Lick Springs Resort
Available throughout the day at the ICLEF registration desk to assist you in making tee times, spa or dinner reservations, and to assist you with the many other activities and features of the beautiful and historic French Lick Springs Resort! For a complete list of activities at the resort, please go to the resort’s website at www.FrenchLick.com 

Relax in one of the Resorts’ Signature Spas
It is recommended that reservations for the French Lick Resort Spas be made prior to arrival. For spa reservations call 812-936-5819.

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Fun Just for the Kids
French Lick Resort provides fun and exciting activities and adventures that will keep any child engaged and absorbed! Special activities, supervised by the Resort’s trained counselors, have been developed to ensure that kids ages 6-12 years have a full experience in fun and creativity. Visit the resort website for specific activities and events under the link “KidsFest.” Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park Just across the way from the French Lick Resort, Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort offers an exciting water park adventure for the entire family. Experience tropical luxury in a family friendly environment! For more information about all the wet and wild fun visit the water park website at www.bigsplashadventure.com

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Season Finale! Amateur Life Coach Discusses Attorney Fees

Season Finale! Amateur Life Coach Discusses Attorney Fees

James J. Bell, ICLEF's Amateur Life Coach

The Amateur Life Coach (also known as attorney James J. Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll) is back to dispense his unique thoughts, advice and wisdom to his real and imagined viewers…

Our final question for season two of the Amateur Life Coach comes from Voyles Zahn & Paul attorney James H. Voyles, Jr. regarding what constitutes an excessive fee.

Now, you can also “like” the Amateur Life Coach at Facebook!  Visit his facebook account today and catch up on his day-to-day activities.

More from James Bell on professional liability and legal ethics issues can be found in his “3 Things to Know” column appearing regularly in the Indiana Lawyer. Visit www.theindianalawyer.com.

Questions for the Amateur Life Coach?  Email them to iclef@iclef.org 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.

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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

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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Mistakes Lawyers Make in Medical Malpractice Cases: Expert Carelessness

Welcome back to Law Tips for an expansion of  the discussion on how to avoid the issues that can cripple a medical malpractice case.  This week our faculty participants, Linda Chezen and John Boren, delve into the concerns surrounding inadequate expertise in evaluation of the case.  Their overall alert is: ….woe betides the attorney who does not adequately explain the standard of care, show causation, and prove/justify the amount requested as damages.”

Inadequate expertise in evaluation of the case: Relying on an expert who is not one!  And/or is not recognized by other experts.
The need for a witness that is not only an expert but very creditable and professional in his or her presentation is paramount. A firm that utilizes experts with questionable credentials will eventually get branded with its carelessness. I still remember the med mal case I tried where the plaintiff’s expert was not a medical doctor and the jury decided for defendant because the plaintiff did not have a “real” doctor.

There are societies and other professional organizations in which an expert can list membership but all are not equal. For medical doctors, The American Board of Medical Specialties is the key credential for an expert. The ABMS is a non-profit organization that oversees standards and certification for all twenty-four recognized medical and surgical specialties. Truly Board-Certified specialists are known as Diplomates and are identified by the words, “American Board of…”  preceding the name of their specialty. For example, “Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine”. Other copycat “boards” employ similar sounding names though they may not use the designation of “American Board”.

Utilizing an expert with questionable credentials may not keep you from getting to trial. If you need trial experience, using a fake expert can get you the experience- if not the verdict you want.  For other professionals and scientists, knowing how to evaluate the credentials of the person and the organizations is a critical skill. Questions to ask:

1. Would they have you as a member?

2. What do the university faculty know about the society?

3. The right expertise may not be an M.D.

a. Toxicology- Society of Toxicology

b. Alcohol- Research Society on Alcohol

c. Neuroscience – Society for Neuroscience

At the least, have a non-testifying expert evaluate the case.
It feels great to get that favorable expert review on a challenging case you just accepted. This may be a good time to breathe and get a second opinion, particularly when the issues are complex and the trial expenses will be high. An additional opinion from a non-testifying expert will help establish that the first expert’s analysis is on target and may give supplemental insight into the case. Non-testifying experts often remain with the case to serve as strategic consultants whose work may be protected from discovery by work-product rules. This approach can provide long-term savings in terms of both time and money.

Where to find the best medical expert witness:
Have someone familiar with the medical world and the academic qualifications evaluate expert’s CV and experience. Do not stop with your own witnesses but have the same process for the opposing side’s experts. Compare the witness to the stars of the specialty and other potential expert witnesses.

Know who is doing relevant research. See http://report.nih.gov/
“Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools provides access to reports, data, and analyses of National Institutes of Health research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH supported research.”

Thanks again to Linda Chezem and John Boren for illustrating the dangers that could jeopardize medical malpractice cases. Be sure to check in here at Law Tips next week for tips from our Medical Malpractice experts on avoiding the wrong experts when evaluating your case. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the excellent CLE presentation on Mistakes Attorneys Often Make With Medical Malpractice Cases through ICLEF’s On Demand CLE programming.

ICLEF also has Advanced Medical Malpractice on June 24th, as a Live In-Person only Seminar, Click Here.

Resource: Marian Langley JD, reference article: Seven Mistakes Attorneys Often Make With Medical Malpractice Caseshttp://www.ilawconnect.com/blog/seven-mistakes-attorneys-often-make-with-medical-malpractice-cases

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About our Law Tips faculty participant:
John D. Boren opened his law practice in Martinsville, Indiana, in 1979 and joined with Steve Oliver to form the partnership of Boren and Oliver in 1981. Together they have  pursued numerous cases for injured clients with successful representation against the largest corporations in the world. John has also successfully defended numerous clients charged criminally, including the defense of a twelve year old boy charged with murder. His areas of practice include personal injury, medical malpractice, major criminal defense and DUI.

Hon. Linda L. Chezem is a Professor and Adjunct Professor with Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine as well as a former Indiana Appellate Court Judge. She resides in Mooresville. Judge Chezem’s expertise reaches into several areas. For instance, due to her extensive background in underage drinking laws, she teaches law students, graduate students and lawyers about ethical and legal issues in alcohol research. She also focuses on animal use and production law and, on the human side, informed consent and certificates of confidentiality.

About our Law Tips blogger:
Nancy HurleyLaw Tips blogger, has long-standing connections with Indiana lawyers. She was formerly a member of the ISBA and IBF staffs for over 30 years. Nancy’s latest lifestyle venture is with ICLEF. We are utilizing her exceptional writing and interviewing skills while exploring how her Indiana-lawyer background fits with ICLEF’s needs. When she isn’t ferreting out new topics for Law Tips, her work can be found in our Speaker Spotlight blogs, postings on the ICLEF Facebook and Twitter pages, and other places her legal experience lends itself.

Thank you for reading Law Tips. You may subscribe to this weekly blog through the RSS link at the top of this page. Also, you are encouraged to comment below or email Nancy.  She welcomes your input as she continues to sift through the treasure trove of knowledge of our CLE faculty to share with you onLaw Tips.

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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