THE E-NEWSLETTER FOR THE TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE SECTION (TIPS)

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Section Highlights

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Message From the Chair

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Dick SemerdjianTIPS Members,

The TIPS Spring Meeting, CLE Forum and 80th Anniversary Celebration is almost here! We have been planning this meeting for over a year and it will be the highlight to what has been a blockbuster year for TIPS and our membership. I look forward to seeing many of you later this week at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. for what is sure to be a spectacular and unforgettable meeting.

The Spring Meeting kicks off on Wednesday, April 24th with a full day ADR Forum featuring a keynote luncheon address by renowned mediator Kenneth Feinberg. We will also have blockbuster CLE programs with nationally known speakers on Thursday and Friday. Social events include our Thursday evening, April 25th Welcome Reception, Leadership in Action Luncheon on Friday, April 26th and our 80th Anniversary Gala at the Library of Congress on Saturday evening, April 27th. We will be presenting a number of special awards at these wonderful events and hope you can attend. Additionally, I hope you will also have a chance to participate in the Denise's Dash Fun Run/Walk on Saturday morning. While online registration is now closed for this meeting, you will be able to register on-site if you haven't already done so. Tickets are selling fast so please don't delay once you get to the meeting.

April has been a busy month for TIPS. We started off the month with our Motor Vehicle Product Liability and Toxic Torts CLE programs in Phoenix. The programming and panels were extremely impressive and well-attended. I'd like to thank our Program Chairs for their hard work in making these programs a success and our sponsors for their generous support. Last week we hosted our 13th Annual National Trial Academy, affectionately called the country's top "Boot Camp for Lawyers," at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV. Our National Trial Academy is the best in the United States and this year was no exception. We had mentors who are the finest trial attorneys in the country teaching our impressive students. We co-sponsored the 2013 Current Issues in Insurance Regulation program with the New York City Bar and presented a complimentary webinar entitled The Insurance Response to Disasters, which was part of the ABA's CLE Premier Speaker Series. Finally, TIPS sponsored a podcast entitled "Civility in the Courtroom," as we continue our series of professionalism educational courses.

The TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law and Property Insurance Law Committees will host their Spring Meetings next month and we also have a few hot topic webinars coming up. Please visit our CLE Calendar to see all of our upcoming programs.

I look forward to seeing many of you this week in D.C. as we celebrate 80 years of relevance, professionalism and excellence in the practice of law!

Dick Semerdjian,
Chair, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
San Diego, CA

TIPS Spring Meeting Awards

During this week's Spring Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., TIPS will present a number of special awards. Washington, D.C. lawyer Jack H. Olender and Hon. Herbert B. Dixon Jr. will receive the Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all. Janet R. Davis will be honored with the Kirsten Christophe Memorial Award for Excellence in Trial and Insurance Law, which honors members who demonstrate expertise in an area of trial practice or insurance law and personify the exemplary attributes of its namesake, a former TIPS Council member who perished September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center attack and had exemplary attributes of balancing career, profession and family in life and practice. Janice F. Mulligan will be presented with the James K. Carroll Leadership Award, which honors members who have shown outstanding leadership qualities and service to the section.

Congratulations to all award recipients!

Committee Spotlight: Fidelity & Surety Law Committee

The TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee focuses on the law of suretyship, fidelity, and construction. The Fidelity & Surety Law Committee includes member lawyers who practice in the area of fidelity, surety and construction law, as well as associate members which include non-lawyer accountants, engineers and consultants who work with the lawyers and sureties to respond to surety, fidelity and construction claims. The Committee sponsors several educational seminars each year, including its annual fall, mid-winter and spring CLE meetings. The Committee's spring meeting entitled The Contract Bond Surety's Subrogation Rights, is coming up May 2-3 at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel in Orlando, FL.

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TIPS Audio Archive-Listen Today!

The TIPS Audio Archive features TIPS teleconferences and webinars dating back to 2010, including all teleconferences from the 2011 Initiative on Disaster Preparedness and Response Teleconference Series. For complimentary access to these programs, click here!

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Best Memories

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Richard Campbell One measure of the quality of one's life is the sum of his impressions and stock of knowledge. Impressions and knowledge, in turn, are burnished by the people we come to know and the things that we do to advance our families, friends, communities, and institutions.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to befriend extraordinary people from all corners of the country (and, indeed, the world) and to pursue matters of great consequence to the people and institutions I love.

Through TIPS, I have had the high honor and privilege to follow in the wake of brilliant and articulate lawyers like Marvin Karp, Dudley Oldham, and Hugh Reynolds, consummate professionals like Leo Jordan and Linda Klein, and born leaders of high principle like Diane Dailey, Jim Carroll and Mitch Orpett. TIPS has always been a place for good people to meet better ones while delivering education and service to others and having fun to boot. What could be better!

Singling out memories from decades of TIPS meetings and events is, of course, problematic. On the fun side, I remember well Bob Hirshon in St. Thomas dancing about the beach in a toga (said not to be the traditional dress of Portland, Maine). And the occasion at the same meeting when, opting to play what would become my most expensive round of golf ever, Diane Dailey and Fran Semaya "introduced" Barbara to the local jeweler. He was so nice, Barbara said. (Who wouldn't be at those prices!)

On the practice side, TIPS gave me my claim to fame as the last lawyer to address the Supreme Court of the United States prior to the argument in Bush v. Gore. It did not matter that my job was to move the admission of TIPS members to the Supreme Court. I remember well the Justices' palpable revulsion when the Dean of Brooklyn Law School moved the admission of alumnus Geraldo Rivera. And I have to say that I was a bit non-plussed when Geraldo got to stay in the Courtroom to hear the argument in Bush v. Gore (because he had a press pass) and my fellow TIPS members and I were escorted out.

Richard Campbell My most significant memories of TIPS revolve around the acts of war committed by armed terrorists on September 11, 2001. I took on responsibility as TIPS Chair at the ABA Annual Meeting in August, 2001. The Fall Meeting (then the most important of the four TIPS meetings) was scheduled for Boston, the epicenter of the terrorist activity. Who knew? Not me; not Massport; not the Airline I represent that carried Atta and al Omari to Logan so that they could commandeer American Flight 11 and crash it into the South Tower; not Tipster Kirsten Christophe or any of the 3000 other perfectly innocent souls who perished on that awful day. We could have thrown in the towel and cancelled ABA and TIPS activities and events in light of the attacks; we certainly discussed it. But we are Americans. We chose to go forward with our professional events and activities despite the legitimate concerns we had about terrorists and terrorism. I remember well beseeching our members to put aside their fears and to come to Boston. It was important, I said, to go on.

And we did. One month after September 11th, TIPS convened its Fall meeting in Boston and about 300 members braved the unknown to attend it. Think about the decision to get on a commercial aircraft within a few weeks of the attacks. It took courage to do so. In Boston, TIPS celebrated American freedom and the rule of law with events at historic venues like Faneuil Hall, the African Meeting House, and the Old South Church. I became famous among TIPS staff for averring (truthfully I submit) that every venue was but a 15 minute walk away.

The Boston meeting concluded with a tribute dinner to those who lost their lives on September 11th at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. The Boston Police Column of Pipes and Drums marched into the hall with bagpipes and drums reinforcing the Gaelic heritage of this great City. Massachusetts State Trooper Danny Clark, a retired United States Marine, sang the national anthem with incredible emotion and talent. (Take a look at him here). And then Jim Bliss presented an original video of images from the attack, our lost friend and new mother Kirsten Christophe, and our country's response to it. There was not a dry eye in the place. I could not have been more proud of TIPS members and staff. I could not have been more proud to be an American citizen.

Richard P. Campbell
TIPS 2001-02 Chair

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Upcoming Events & CLE

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Fidelity & Surety Law Spring CLE Meeting: The Contract Bond Surety's Subrogation Rights

TIPS Teleconference: Recent Developments in Employment Practices Liability: What's Keeping In-House Counsel and EPLI Carriers Awake at Night

Property Insurance Law Committee Spring CLE Meeting: Exclusions and Extensions of Coverage in All-Risk Policies

TIPS Audio Webinar: Successfully Litigating Your Case Against An Experienced Trucking Attorney

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