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21st Annual TASC – Trial Advocacy Skills College – Mar. 15-18

Lawyers who attend this powerful training develop trial skills by practicing under the guidance of some of Indiana`s most experienced lawyers and judges in a simulated, friendly courtroom environment. This program is designed to develop the basic trial advocacy skills for lawyers with limited litigation experience while providing experienced trial lawyers an opportunity to sharpen their skills. The teaching method also uses faculty demonstrations and videotaped critique of each participant`s performance. Participants will need to spend time reviewing the fact pattern and working the case information that is used daily. Both faculty and participants will prepare as they would for trial. To Register for the 2018 TASC, Click Here.

While much work is required, the atmosphere is most enjoyable and provides the perfect setting for learning trial skills. Attendees will be introduced to a mix of hands-on, learn-by-doing exercises and lectures to improve trial advocacy in the areas of:

Case Analysis & Communication Skills
 Jury Selection
Opening Statements
Direct & Cross Examination
Examining Expert Witnesses
Exhibits & Demonstrative Evidence
Impeachment & Rehabilitation
Closing Arguments
Professional Responsibility (Ethics)

March 15-18, 2018 – 28 CLE / 3 E
Live In-Person Only! Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:30 A.M.    Registration in Lobby
8:00 A.M.   Orientation
8:30 A.M.   Skills: Case Analysis, Theme Development, Voir Dire & Opening Statements
5:30 P.M.   Adjourn Day 1

Friday, March 16, 2018
8:30 A.M.   Skills: Introduce Evidence, Direct & Cross Examinations
5:15 P.M.    Adjourn Day 2

Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:30 A.M.    Skills: Direct & Cross Expert Witnesses
5:00 P.M.    Adjourn Day 3

Sunday, March 18, 2018
8:30 A.M.   Skills: Finish Direct & Cross, Refresh Recollection & Impeachment, Final Argument
4:30 P.M.   Program Concludes


  • Hon. Melissa S. May, Indiana Court of Appeals, Indianapolis, IN
  • Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr., Indiana Court of Appeals, Indianapolis, IN
  • F. Anthony Paganelli, Paganelli Law Group, Indianapolis, IN
  • Hon. Jane S. Craney, Morgan Superior Court #3, Martinsville, IN


  • Hon. Patrick J. Dietrick, Marion County Superior Court Civil Div. 12, Indianapolis, IN
  • Hon. Frances C. Gull, Allen Superior Court, Felony Division, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Hon. Lance D. Hamner, Johnson Superior Court #3, Franklin, IN
  • Hon. Grant W. Hawkins, Marion Superior Court, Criminal 5, Indianapolis, IN
  • James H. Austen, Starr Austen & Miller, LLP, Logansport, IN
  • Michael P. Bishop, Cohen Garelick & Glazier, Indianapolis, IN
  • Stephanie L. Cassman, Wagner Reese, LLP, Carmel, IN
  • Robert B. Clemens, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Robert R. Cline, Chief Deputy Prosecutor, Morgan County Prosecutor’s Office, Martinsville, IN
  • Jessie A. Cook, Law Office of Jessie A. Cook, Terre Haute, IN
  • Stefanie R. Crawford, Crawford Law LLC, Indianapolis
  • Steven M. Crell, Cohen Garelick & Glazier, Indianapolis
  • Ryan O. Farner, Metzger Rosta LLP, Noblesville, IN
  • James B. Glennon, Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC, Chicago, IL
  • Lynnette Gray, Johnson & Gray, Franklin, IN
  • Sarah Graziano, Hensley Legal Group, PC, Indianapolis, IN
  • Betsy K. Greene, Greene & Schultz Trial Lawyers, Bloomington, IN
  • Too Keller, Keller Macaluso LLC, Carmel, IN
  • William H. Kelley, Kelley & Belcher, Bloomington, IN
  • Larry A. Landis, Indiana Public Defender Council, Indianapolis, IN
  • Kathy A. Lee, Cline Farrell Christie & Lee, PC, Indianapolis, IN
  • Mark A. Metzger, Metzger Rosta LLP, Noblesville, IN
  • Tammy J. Meyer, Metzger Rosta LLP, Noblesville, IN
  • Dane A. Mize, Skiles DeTrude, Indianapolis, IN
  • Stephen A. Oliver, Boren, Oliver & Coffey, LLP, Martinsville, IN
  • Mark W. Rutherford, Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel, P.C., Indianapolis, IN
  • Richard K. Shoultz, Lewis Wagner, LLP, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ralph W. Staples, Jr., Law Offices of Ralph W. Staples, Jr., LTD, Indianapolis, IN
  • Dr. Dennis P. Stolle, ThemeVision LLC & Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis, IN
  • Teresa L. Todd, Attorney / Mediator, Indianapolis, IN
  • Robert F. Wagner, Lewis Wagner, LLP, Indianapolis, IN
  • L. Alan (Skip) Whaley, Ice Miller LLP, Indianapolis, IN


  • Dr. Robert A. Czarkowski, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Vincent Sports Medicine, Carmel, IN
  • Dr. Van Evanoff, Jr., MD, Brownsburg, IN
  • Dr. David M. Ratzman, M.D., Anesthesia Pain Consultants of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
  • William E. Dickinson, Wolf Technical Services, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
  • Michael S. Harkness, Wolf Technical Services, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
  • Kevin T. Johnson, Crash Consulting Services, LLC
  • Stuart B. Nightenhelser, Wolf Technical Services, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

We are pleased to announce that a limited number of partial scholarships are available for attorneys with a financial hardship. Financial support is provided through the generosity of the ICLEF Scholarship Fund, the American Board of Trial Advocates and Ms. Jessie A. Cook. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, and some preference is given to lawyers with zero to five years experience.

“This was by far the best seminar I have ever attended! The entire program was excellent. Everything was effective.”

“I don’t know that it could have gotten any better. PRICELESS EXPERIENCE!”

“Thanks for changing my life.”

“Course was excellent & the standards are high! Most HIGHLY recommend this course!”

To Register for the 2018 TASC, Click Here.

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Pat Shoulders Receives ICLEF’s Highest Honor

On the evening of July 26, 2017, ICLEF President Marsha Volk Bugalla presented Evansville attorney Patrick A. Shoulders (Partner, Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders LLP) the esteemed Excellence In Continuing Legal Education award on behalf of the ICLEF Board of Directors. The celebration occurred as part of the Board’s annual dinner meeting.

Joining Pat that evening were his wife, Lisa, along with former Excellence in CLE award winner Judge Melissa S. May and her guest, David Kent. The award carries with it a tremendous honor, as very few have received it. The inscription on the award reads as follows:

For being one who has actively participated and worked to enhance the quality and professionalism of continuing legal education in the State of Indiana, and

In gratitude for the efforts of innovative leadership and the pursuit of excellence in continuing legal education…and be it further known that this jurist is hereby accorded the distinctive recognition and has the admiration of this organization and the attorneys of the State of Indiana that comprise its membership.

Pat has been a loyal friend and extremely talented faculty instructor of ICLEF for over 30 years. His gifts of charisma, uncanny humor, and a pure passion for teaching have always brought an unparalleled energy to the programs which he participated on as either instructor or chair.

A graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Pat was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1978. He began his work with ICLEF in the 1980s, and became a fixture in trial and litigation curriculums by 1990. One of his more well-known highlights came in 1996 when he portrayed the fictional character “Dewey C. Howe” in ICLEF’s production of The Trial of John Wilkes Booth during the 100th Anniversary celebration of the ISBA. Shoulders’ character, Howe, was a stagehand who worked behind the scenes of the famous Ford Theater in Washington, D.C. The catch phrase of “bushy” (boooshay) became legendary during that production, as Howe described the hair of a stranger that he had observed in the darkness of the theater during the play that President Abraham Lincoln attended on the evening he was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

In addition to numerous other litigation and appellate programs, for the past 20 years Pat has served as one of the co-chairs for ICLEF’s Trial Advocacy Skills College, or “Trial Camp.” Each year he gives the participants nicknames based on how he perceives them to be seen through the eyes of the jury, as well as their personality, characteristics and tendencies. It is not unusual to receive thank you letters from past participants of the program, and they often include their nickname that Pat gave to them under their signatures.

In doing all of these things, Pat has successfully been able to orchestrate a harmonious balance between his practice, family life, as well as serving as one of IU’s Trustees. Those that are familiar with Pat know that he has never met a microphone he doesn’t like. Pat lives for the moment, and still brings that gregarious nature to every ICLEF program he is on. Seminars light up when Pat enters the room – and although you never completely know what is coming next, it was always memorable.

Congratulations, Pat, from all of us at ICLEF!


Past Excellence in CLE Award Recipients:

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard (retired)
Indiana Supreme Court

Honorable Melissa S. May
Indiana Court of Appeals

Robert C. Beasley

Richard S. Pitts

Andrew C. Mallor

Thomas R. Lemon

MaryEllen Kiley Bishop

Michael P. Bishop

John M. O’Drobinak
Crown Point

Alan M. Hux

Linda K. Meier

Mark W. McNeely

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Upcoming Live CLE Seminars in February

Below is a list of our upcoming Live CLE Seminars for February & March 2014. Click any seminar below for additional information or to register. To see which CLE seminars are near you, Click Here to search our Video Replay CLE Seminars. Once there you can choose a location and/or legal topics, as well as a date, all on the left side of this search/info page. You can also, Click Here to see our On Demand CLE Seminars which are available online Anywhere, Anytime.


Medicare Liens in Personal Injury Cases
2 CLE – This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still view the Video Replay, the On Demand Seminars or purchase the Publication of this Seminar by Clicking Here.

Lobby Law Changes
1 CLE – This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still view the Video Replay, the On Demand Seminars or purchase the Publication of this Seminar by Clicking Here.

Family Mediation Training
24 CLE / 6 E / 40 Fam. Med. – This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still join us for Civil Mediation Training, June 25-29, 2014 by Clicking Here.

Making Your Case With A Better Memory
6 CLE – This seminar is no longer available. Please join us next time.

How to Understand & Analyze Financial Statements: What Lawyers Need to Know
6 CLE / .5 E – This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still view the Video Replay, the On Demand Seminars or purchase the Publication of this Seminar by Clicking Here.

FSMA: How will it Impact Your Clients
6 CLE / .5 E – This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still view the Video Replay, the On Demand Seminars or purchase the Publication of this Seminar by Clicking Here.

Section 1031 Exchanges
6 CLE / 6 CPE – This program is no longer available as a Live In-Person Seminar. However, you can still view the Video Replay, the On Demand Seminars or purchase the Publication of this Seminar by Clicking Here.


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