Charles H. Cole Elected Secretary-Treasurer of Defense Research Institute

CHICAGO, IL - October, 2009 - The venerable Defense Research Institute (DRI), a half-century-old, international member-driven research and educational voice for civil defense attorneys, has elected Charles H. Cole as Secretary-Treasurer. Cole, a shareholder with Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C., has been an active member of DRI for more than 25 years, serving in varied roles on its Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2002.

"I've always felt an obligation to help educate and mentor younger attorneys," said Cole. "Our profession is all about learning from our past and, more specifically, our predecessors. Abraham Lincoln practiced law in Illinois in a manner that taught us all about serving a higher ethical purpose. That is a fundamental message of DRI as it relates to defense litigation. And it is why we should all think of ourselves as mentors to future generations."

DRI's mission is four-fold: 1) to enhance the skills, effectiveness and professionalism of defense lawyers; 2) to anticipate and address issues germane to defense lawyers and the civil justice system; 3) to promote appreciation of the role of the defense lawyer; and 4) to improve the civil justice system and preserve the civil jury.

Cole's litigation practice includes commercial and employment, construction contracts and professional liability. He is a past president of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and is annually named among the Illinois Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.

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