CHICAGO – The spring 2017 edition of the Defense Counsel Journal (DCJ) will be available this year at no cost to anyone who wants a copy. 

It’s the first time the DCJ, which is published by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), has been offered for free since it was first printed in 1934.

“We are making the IADC’s acclaimed Defense Counsel Journal free and accessible to anyone via our website to meet demand for the publication and to more easily share our members’ insights on timely legal practice issues with the broader legal community,” John T. Lay Jr., IADC president and a shareholder at Gallivan, White & Boyd P.A., said.

The journal is published quarterly by the 2,500 member IADC and provides “topical and scholarly” articles about legal issues ranging from legal reform to general practice. It is regularly cited by courts and legal scholars.

“The new spring issue offers scholarly, in-depth review and analysis for engaging attorneys and enhancing their understanding of current legal trends and timely issues that they may face in diverse practice areas,” Michael Franklin Smith, IADC member, current DCJ editor and shareholder at McAfee & Taft, said.

The latest issue, offered on the IADC website, covers a variety of legal topics, including a national review of the product line theory of liability, defense changes concerning personal jurisdiction since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 opinion in Daimler AG v. Bauman, malicious prosecution laws under comprehensive general liability practices that affect insurance coverage and modern uses of “judicial notice.”

The IADC is a global, invitation-only organization founded in 1920 for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. The IADC’s members are from 46 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and its mission is to further develop professionalism and camaraderie in the legal profession.

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