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Career Development

A New Voice for the Voice of the Defense Bar

DRI President Toyja Kelley's path to leadership started with an issue he was passionate about and continues to champion: diversity.

CCBJ: How did you become involved with DRI?

Toyja Kelley: My first law firm required all of its associates to become members of...

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Career Development

Increased Benefits of Membership

An interview with DRI's new president, John Kuppens, a litigation partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Columbia, South Carolina office. His remarks have been edited for length and style.

CCBJ: John, congratulations on being named DRI’s president. When, how and why...

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New DRI President Focuses on Next Generation: “Voice of the Defense Bar” readies new voices for future

Introduction: DRI, founded in 1960 as the Defense Research Institute, bills itself as the “leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel” and the “Voice of the Defense Bar.” With 22,000-plus members, it serves as a hefty counterweight to the well-heeled...

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News & Announcements


Birmingham Attorney Lana A. Olson Elected Secretary Treasurer of DRI

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DRI Awards 2018 Law Student Diversity Scholarships

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Laura Proctor Elected First Vice President of 22,000-Member DRI

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