James D. Dimitri
Clinical Professor of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall,
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225
Phone: (317) 274-4902
Fax: (317) 274-8565
B.S.,1990, Indiana University
J.D. (summa cum laude), 1993, Valparaiso University School of Law
Legal analysis, research, and communication; intramural moot court competition; advanced persuasive writing and oral advocacy
After graduating summa cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law, Professor Dimitri began practice in Indianapolis at the estate planning firm of Frank & Kraft. He then served as staff counsel for the Indiana Department of Correction. In 1995, he was appointed as a Deputy Attorney General with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. While there, Professor Dimitri concentrated his practice in civil and criminal appeals, post-conviction relief proceedings, federal habeas corpus litigation, and tort litigation. He argued appeals before the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Professor Dimitri began teaching as an adjunct professor in 1997. He was appointed as a full-time professor in 1998. He currently serves as faculty advisor to the Moot Court Society, advising the Moot Court Board in its administration of the Honorable Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition. In his role as faculty advisor, Professor Dimitri has also advised several award-winning national moot court teams, including teams representing the law school in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
Professor Dimitri is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the Legal Writing Institute. He is a founding member and co-chair of the Legal Writing Institute’s Moot Court Committee. He has written and spoken about teaching legal writing, appellate advocacy, and persuasion. He has also spoken on the topics of intergenerational theory and the use of technology in teaching. Professor Dimitri is a recipient of the Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding teaching.
Law Review and Journal Articles
- James D. Dimitri, Writing Engaging, Realistic, and Balanced Appellate Advocacy Problems, 16 Persps. 93 (2008).
- James D. Dimitri, Stepping Up to the Podium with Confidence: A Primer for Law Students on Preparing and Delivering an Appellate Oral Argument, 38 Stetson L. Rev. 75 (2008).
- James D. Dimitri, Brutal Choices in Curricular Design: Reusing Writing Assignments, 12 Persps. 27 (2003).
- James D. Dimitri et al., Recent Developments in Indiana Criminal Law and Procedure, 29 Ind. L. Rev. 855 (1996).
- James D. Dimitri, "WordWise: Best Practices in Document Design," Res Gestae, May 2014, at 24.
- Co-Author, The Legal Writing Institute's Model Moot Court Oral Argument Judging Guidelines (2012).
Work in Progress
- The Moot Court Advisors' Handbook (Carolina Academic Press). Expected publication date of 2014.
- Hitting the 'Send' Button: Translating the Traditional Long-Form Memorandum into an Informal E-Mail Memorandum," presented at the Central States Legal Writing Conference at the University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, September 28, 2013.
- "Hitting the 'Send' Button: Translating the Traditional Objective Memorandum into a Less Formal E-Mail Memorandum," presented at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference at the University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, March 23, 2013.
- Panelist, Moot Court Advisors Roundtable, at the Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Palm Desert, California, May 2012.
- "Driven Away from Distraction: Teaching Students to Unplug (at Least Periodically) in the Digital Age,” presented at the Central States Legal Writing Conference at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, September 16, 2011.
- Panelist, Moot Court Advisors Roundtable, at the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida, June 2010.
- "Is Tweeting for the Birds? Using Social Media to Connect with Students,” presented at the Dean's Colloquium to the faculty of Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois, April 2010.
- "Tweeting Isn’t Just for the Birds: Using Twitter and Facebook to Connect with Students,” presented at the Central Region Legal Writing Conference, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 2009.
- Panelist, Moot Court Advisors Roundtable, at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 2008.
- "Speaking to Millennials: Giving Feedback to the Latest Generation of Law Students,” presented to the faculty of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Kentucky, April 2008.
- "Speaking to Millennials: Giving Feedback to the Latest Generation of Law Students,” presented at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2008.
- "Practical Tips on Preparing Persuasive Writing and Oral Advocacy Assignments,” presented at the Southeast Legal Writing Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, September 2007.
- “Providing Context for Contract Drafting Problems,” co-presented with Professor Ken Chestek at the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2006.
- “Writing Balanced, Realistic, and Engaging Appellate Brief Problems,” presented at the Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, March 2006.
- “May It Please The Court – 10 Tips for Making the Moot Court Experience More Valuable and Practical for Our Students," presented at the Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 2005.
- “Using Writing Style Strategies to Persuade," presented to the legal staff of the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 2004.
- “Reusing Writing Assignments,” presented at the Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, September 2003.