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44 minutes | May 9, 2022
Off the Record with Bob Hammerle
Accomplished Indy criminal defense attorney Bob Hammerle of Hackman Hulett LLP has devoted almost as much time to his love of film as he has to the legal profession. During this episode of Off the Record, host Kerry Bennett chats with Bob about his journey in the profession, some memorable experiences, advice for new lawyers and his picks and pans in the movie world. Learn more about Bob's legal career at https://hackmanhulett.com/attorneys/robert-w-hammerle/; his movie reviews can be found at https://bigmouthbobs.com/.
37 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Off the Record with Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
The Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt became Chief Judge of the United States District Court of for the Southern District of Indiana on March 20, 2021. She is the first person of color to serve as the Southern District of Indiana's chief judge, and the tenth chief judge in the court's history. In this episode, host Bianca Black chats with Judge Pratt to find out how she made her way to the federal bench, her advice on trusting your instincts AND staying in your comfort zone and some lesser-known facts about the judge's favorite pastimes.
54 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Litigation in the 21st Century: Off the Record with David Herzog
With more than four decades of experience, Hoover Hull Turner partner David Herzog has had a front row seat to the continued evolution of civil litigation. Join host Eric Schmadeke of Densborn Blachly LLP to talk about the state of jury trials, how newer lawyers can build their practices and more.
49 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Stress, Trauma & the Legal Professional: Off the Record with Loretta Oleksy & JLAP
After of year of pandemic-related stress and challenges, people across the world are still struggling, and of course, legal professionals in our own community are no exception. When it gets to be too much, where can you go for help? Off the Record host Kerry Hyatt Bennett is here with Loretta Oleksy of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) to help figure it all out. Together, Loretta and Kerry demystify JLAP and talk about the impact of the collective trauma we’ve all experienced together. JLAP has typically been associated with alcohol and addiction issues, but services and resources offered by the organization go much further. JLAP, which is a safe haven thanks to Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, is a remarkable asset that can help with various mental health issues, concerns about colleagues, situational stressors, which can include grief, parenting, divorce, caregiving, and more. JLAP is prepared to offer much-needed support to our legal community, whether that means using it as a sounding board to determine a next step, taking advantage of a support group or enjoying a yoga or mindfulness practice. Show Notes: Rule 8.3About JLAPJLAP Events: Yoga, Mindfulness and Support GroupsMayim Bialik's Breakdown Podcast
36 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Off the Record: Meet the Team
Off the Record is back for 2021, and we're welcoming some new faces to the team! Join us as we meet three new hosts who will help bring even more stories of Indy's lawyers to life: Kerry Hyatt Bennett of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Bianca Black of Littler Mendelson PC and Eric Schmadeke of Densborn Blachly LLP.Show Notes:OnyxFest Who the Bleep Did I Marry (subscription required)2021 Bench Bar Conference
9 minutes | Jul 4, 2020
Fourth of July Message from Off the Record
38 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Winfield Ong: Judicial Nominations, Michael Flynn and the Rule of Law
Winfield Ong is an experienced federal litigator and the former criminal chief for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana. In addition, he is a President Obama judicial nominee for the U.S. District Court, and he is a current white collar criminal defense attorney at Dentons Bingham Greenebaum. During this interview, the main topics of discussion were Winfield's journey through the judicial nomination process and Attorney General Bill Barr's decision to move to dismiss the criminal case against General Michael Flynn. Since then, unrest has swept the nation as a result of the killing of George Floyd. Though this interview took place several days beforehand and the topics seemed unrelated at first, many themes included are relevant and valuable to the situation we find ourselves in today: the rule of law, the power and discretion that lawyers have, and how that power should never be abused.
48 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
George Floyd: Race, Power & Our Community (with Jimmie McMillian and Michael Tolbert)
The death of George Floyd has sparked outrage across the country and brought the many issues surrounding systemic racism to the forefront. Our community is no exception. Difficult conversations are starting to happen, and amid the protests, anger and tears, many have questioned what they can do to help. In this special episode of Off the Record, host James Bell talks with two Indiana bar leaders, Michael Tolbert and Jimmie McMillian, who provide their perspective on the situation. Michael Tolbert is an attorney in the Gary, Indiana firm of Tolbert & Tolbert, where he is a respected litigator and frequent presenter. He is a two-time president of the James C. Kimbrough Minority Bar Association, past president of the Porter County Chapter of the American Inns of Court, President of the Lake County Bar Association and is currently President-Elect of the Indiana State Bar Association, where he will serve as president in 2021. Jimmie McMillian is a former law clerk to Justice Frank Sullivan and a former partner in an AmLaw 100 law firm and is currently the senior corporate counsel for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He is chair of the board of the Marion County Public Defender Association and is on the board of the Indianapolis Urban League. Jimmie is a past president of the Marion County Bar Association and is currently serving as President-Elect of the Indianapolis Bar, where he will serve as president in 2021.
35 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Podcasting from Isolation: Writer Tom Chiarella on Roger Penske, IMS & COVID-19
Roger Penske assumed ownership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January 2020. Just three months later, the greatest spectacle in racing was rescheduled from May to August amid this unprecedented public health crisis. Writer Tom Chiarella talks about a recent interview with Penske, plus his own personal experience with the COVID-19 pandemic during this episode of Off the Record with James Bell.
59 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Off the Record: Podcasting from Isolation (And Talking Baseball) with Judge PJ Dietrick
Before he took his seat on the Marion Superior Court bench, Judge PJ Dietrick had a decidedly different career as a minor league baseball player. Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 6th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Judge Dietrick made his way from Medford, Oregon to Tacoma, Washington (with a few stops along the way) as he chased his baseball dreams. Join us as host James Bell chats with Judge Dietrick about his past baseball life, including run-ins with stars like Mark McGwire.
42 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Off the Record: Podcasting from Isolation with Judge Marc Rothenberg
Thanks to the wonders of technology, we're bringing you new episodes of Off the Record with James Bell during this time of isolation and social distancing. In this episode, James talks with Judge Marc Rothenberg of Marion Superior Court.
48 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Best of Off the Record: Monica Foster
Enjoy one of our favorite episodes of Off the Record, where host James Bell talks with Monica Foster of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders about arguing at the U.S. Supreme Court, her experience defending 15-year-old death who was sentenced to death, the Buffalo Bills and more. Plus, enjoy a brand new intro that explores a question every attorney has pondered: would a Hufflepuff make a good lawyer?
44 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Impeachment: Hanging with Dershowitz. An Interview with Esquire Writer Tom Chiarella
One writer got a chance to follow attorney to the stars and Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz as he prepared for his historic argument against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. That writer was Tom Chiarella, Esquire columnist and Professor Emeritus at DePauw University. In addition to Dershowitz, Chiarella has interviewed and profiled celebrities like Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, James Franco, Clive Owen, Kate Beckinsale, Ryan Gosling, Guy Ritchie, Halle Berry, Ben Affleck, Billy Crudup, Ashton Kutcher and Bill Clinton. Join us for this episode of Off the Record with James Bell where we talk to Tom about the experience of shadowing Dershowitz, how interviewing celebrities relates to the practice of law and the answer every Colts fan wants to know: who's a nicer guy, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?
40 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Off the Record with James Bell: Dean Andy Klein, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Join us as we chat with America's favorite law school dean, Dean Andy Klein of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Dean Klein shares his path to academia, what's happening in law schools these days and his plans for the future after he steps down as dean later this year.
33 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Off the Record with James Bell: Andy Campbell, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
It's a new decade for the IndyBar, and leading the association into it is President Andy Campbell, a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. In this episode, we talk law firm mergers, political science and life at the University of Montana, work/life balance, what's next for the IndyBar and more.
10 minutes | Jan 15, 2020
A Message from the Host
Tune in for important IndyBar updates and musings on celebrities and second chances.
27 minutes | Dec 17, 2019
Off the Record: Philip "Skip" Kappes, Lewis Kappes PC
A number of notable things happened in 1948. One of them? Indianapolis lawyer Philip "Skip" Kappes passed the bar and became a practicing attorney. Since then, he's lived through countless changes in the profession and in our community. Some things have stayed the same, though. Join us on this episode as we chat with one of Indy's legal legends.
32 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
Off the Record: Heather Wilson, Frost Brown Todd
Female representation on the bench appears to be at an all-time high in Indiana, with women leading the Indiana Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the U.S. Bankrupcty Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Marion Superior Court and more. But where do we stand with women in private practice?Frost Brown Todd Indianapolis office Member in Charge Heather Wilson joined us to talk about leading a large law firm in Indianapolis and about diversity trends she's seeing in private practice.
44 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
Off the Record: Larry Pozner
Attendees at the 2019 IndyBar Bench Bar Conference were treated to several sessions presented by one of the nation's foremost experts on cross examination, civil litigation and criminal defense, Larry Pozner. After wrapping up his presentations, Pozner was kind enough to sit down with Off the Record host James Bell to talk about growing up in Indianapolis, the stress of trial work, criminal practice versus civil practice and much more.Pozner is the author of "Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques" and focuses his practice on complex civil and criminal litigation—as well as the lecture circuit. He is litigation counsel for the Denver Broncos Football Club.In the area of complex commercial litigation, Pozner represents both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving fraud (including healthcare fraud), professional malpractice, breach of contract, litigation against trustees, environmental matters, theft of trade secrets, and copyright and trademark infringement. In the criminal arena, Pozner began his career as a public defender—and continues his high profile criminal defense work as a private practitioner. In 1998, he was elected president of the 10,000 member National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
40 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Off the Record: Brian Paul, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
First Monday is coming, and you know what that means...all eyes will be on the United States Supreme Court as it opens its new term.Brian Paul of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP joins us on this episode of Off the Record with James Bell to provide an update on where the court is and a preview of where it might go in this term. Plus, hear a moving tribute to former Dean Norman Lefstein of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, who passed away on August 29, 2019. To subscribe to updates on the U.S. Supreme Court from Brian and the team at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, click here.
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