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Off the Record with James Bell

Listen to stories from judges, lawyers and more that go beyond the courtroom on Off the Record with James Bell. Off the Record is a legal podcast from the Indianapolis Bar Association.

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Season 2
Episode 1: Judge Carr Darden, Indiana Court of Appeals
For many, the era of Jim Crow laws and the Civil Rights Movement are topics learned in school. Others, like Judge Carr Darden, experienced the struggle for social justice firsthand. On this episode of Off the Record, host James Bell speaks with Judge Darden about his life, his experiences and his words of advice for the future.

Episode 2: Brian Paul, Faegre Baker Daniels 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 Baker Daniels 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

Episode 3: 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.

Episode 4: Heather Wilson, Frost Brown Todd LLC
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.

Episode 5: 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. 

Bonus Episode: A Message from the Host
Tune in for important IndyBar updates and musings on celebrities and second chances. 


Season 1
Episode 1: Monica Foster, Indiana Federal Community Defenders
On this episode of Off the Record, we'll talk to nationally recognized death penalty attorney Monica Foster of Indiana Federal Community Defenders.

Episode 2: Jim Reed, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
On this episode of Off the Record, we'll talk with Jim Reed, a divorce lawyer, a family lawyer, and a relationship transition lawyer at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in Indianapolis.

Episode 3: Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Don't miss this opportunity to meet the man behind the month of May at IMS. We're talking to Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles about his first Indy 500, what it's like to come to work at IMS every day, his experiences as a racing team owner and in politics, and how he balances being a lawyer AND a promoter. 

Episode 4: Rick Kammen, Kammen & Moudy (Part 1)
In November 2017, Indy lawyer Rick Kammen made headlines when he refused to return to Guantanamo Bay after his request to withdraw from representation of alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was rescinded. Rick had served as lead defense attorney for Nashiri, who is facing the death penalty, since 2008. Rick's experience in Guantanamo is a tale that includes torture, classified information, and CIA Director Gina Haspel.  Don't miss this inside look at a stranger-than-fiction story involving one of our own IndyBar members. Part 2, to be released on June 18, will delve even deeper into the latest developments on the story.

Episode 5: Rick Kammen, Kammen & Moudy (Part 2)
When we last left Rick, he was facing uncertainty about his representation of alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Get the latest on this stranger-than-fiction story, including a bombshell decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in April 2019, as James Bell talks to Rick again almost a year later. 



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