CDL is proud to be affiliated with the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the international membership organization of all lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation. Headquartered in Chicago, DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation.
CDL is considered an SLDO (State and Local Defense Orgnaization) within the DRI structure. We have a council representative chosen from the ranks of CDL/DRI joint members. Additionally we support a regional representative (for Canada) on the DRI board of directors.
CDL members are encouraged to explore the many educational and networking opportunities offered through DRI membership. Visit www.dri.org for more information.
DRI Awards identify peers who deserve recognition either for their professional contributions to, and achievements on behalf of, the defence bar and the civil justice system or their involvement in community and public service activities that have a positive impact on society at large. CDL is proud to have been recognized with the following :
2022 - FRED H. SIEVERT AWARD RECOGNIZING AN OUTSTANDING DEFENCE BAR LEADER
Presented to individual who has made a significant contribution towards achieving the goals and objectives of the organized defence bar.
Established in 2002, the DRI SLDO Diversity Award recognizes a local defence organization that has achieved outstanding diversity goals. 1. Has achieved significant success in demonstrating a commitment to diversity within and outside of their organization; 2. Demonstrates a commitment to diversity as evidenced by a formal diversity plan committed to achievement, sensitivity and receptivity to diversity issues, including promotion of its minority and women lawyers or volunteers.
2007- RUDOLPH A. JANATA AWARD RECOGNIZING AN OUTSTANDING DEFENSE BAR ASSOCIATION
The nominee should be a SLDO that has undertaken an innovative or unique program contributing to the goals and objectives of the organized defense bar. CDL was recognized for their innovative Boot Camp for Young Lawyers Program