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,

I hope your summer is off to a great start. TIPS is currently busy preparing for the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting being held August 8-12, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. TIPS will meet at the beautiful Westin St. Francis Hotel as we conclude our year-long 80th Anniversary celebration. If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to register and make your hotel arrangements as soon as possible.

TIPS will present 12 CLE programs during the Annual Meeting, including a Presidential CLE Showcase program entitled Do You Really Know What You Are Eating, which will address litigation and legislation relating to food labeling, advertising, and food fraud. Other programs will cover hot topics including women in the law, lawyers as corporate directors, managing the risks inherent in heinous crimes, transportation/accident scene investigations, internet libel and ethics. We are also holding a number of important networking events that you won't want to miss, including the Welcome, Pursuit of Justice and Liberty Achievement Award Reception and the James K. Carroll Leadership Awards Dinner.

Please visit the TIPS Annual Meeting website for more information and to view the entire schedule. You can also register, make hotel arrangements and purchase event tickets at the ABA's Annual Meeting website.

I hope to see you at the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting!

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

2013 TIPS Book Catalog

2013 TIPS Book Catalog The 2013 TIPS Book Catalog is now available. Check out our newest Section publications, as well as various books related to your specific area of practice! To place an order, please fill out the order form in the Book Catalog or visit www.shopaba.org to order online.

Download the 2013 TIPS Book Catalog Today!

Task Force Spotlight: Asbestos Task Force

The TIPS Asbestos Task Force examines the growing court asbestos dockets, the high transactions costs, the delay and inadequacy of compensation paid, and threats to the viability of the asbestos defendants, with a view toward achieving fairness for both plaintiffs and defendants. The Task Force recently held hearings in Washington, D.C., and will again hold hearings in Los Angeles, CA. Please visit the Asbestos Task Force website, which presents resources to assist you in understanding the issue. In addition to a detailed list of issues the Task Force will examine, the website also includes witness lists, hearing testimony and written submissions, significant cases, statutes, proposed statutes and scholarship, to provide a balanced set of resources.

Learn More about the Asbestos Task Force!

80th Anniversary Podcast Series

Listen to our latest 80th Anniversary Podcast entitled, The Importance of Civility in the Courtroom, as our panel of influential members discusses why legal professionals need to be cognizant of civility in the courtroom, the strategies they use to implement it, changes they'd like to see in the legal world regarding civility, and more. Listen Today!

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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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Hugh Reynolds When asked to provide a "Best Memories" column, the specific types of "memories" to cover were left to my imagination. They could be something especially humorous, events in which the TIPS Section shined, moments that gave me a personal glow of satisfaction, or personal "highs" as I acted for TIPS. The first event below can be labeled as in all of the latter three categories.

While I was the Chair of TIPS, I was asked to provide the American Law Institute with a cadre of experienced fidelity and surety bond lawyers to act as advisers to a new drafting committee. It was to completely revise the old (1950?) Division II of the Securities Restatement. That Restatement had been cited in legal opinions so rarely as to be almost a legal non entity. Apparently someone at the ALI knew I had been a former Chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of TIPS and would know who to select. I selected six individuals, including myself. The rest of the Committee included five lawyers from the UCC Committee of the Business Law Section and seven law professors (including the Reporter). The deliberations took place in Philadelphia for about 3 and a half years. The UCC contingent knew almost nothing about our field or of the nitty gritty flowing from such instruments as construction bonds or fidelity bonds. We, in turn, were astonished at the extent that surety concepts were used in protecting the lender in lending transactions. But, after a short period of adjustment, all worked well together (not always in agreement, but always professional in the best traditions of our calling). The contributions of Dan Mungall, my long time TIPS colleague from Philadelphia were so remarkably sensible and helpful, he was made Associate Reporter. Our work resulted in the acceptance of our draft by the ALI in 1995. My vague recollection is that we had three or four meetings per year and corresponded during that time.

In the Restatement, Geoffery Hazard, the Director of the ALI, who attended every meeting of the Committee, said this about TIPS: "We acknowledge with appreciation the helpful cooperation of the American Bar Association's Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, chaired for part of the period by Hugh E. Reynolds, Jr., who was also one of the project's Advisers,..."

The proof of the pudding was that, because of early ALI drafts, the new proposed Restatement was available before it was approved. It was cited in court opinions more times in a nine month period BEFORE IT WAS EVEN ADOPTED than Division II of the old Restatement had been cited in the 45 years of its existence. TIPS shined (helping to create a lasting thesis on the law in an important area), I had great personal satisfaction and I (albeit as part of a cast of many) helped to accomplish what was done. BINGO.

I would like to mention two more personal memories. My Fall and Spring Meetings as Chair were held in Asheville, NC and Charleston, SC. I have no particular connection to the Carolinas. But both venues seemed to be especially interesting and, each met a firm criteria, the airports were readily available and one did not have to rent a car or take a long taxi ride to get to the hotels. In Asheville, we persuaded the Biltmore mansion to put out their famous Christmas ornaments early. We all had TIPS only docent tours at night in the mansion followed by an ice cream fest at the cafe at the end. It was like a fairy land adventure to Rita and I and, based on what I heard, to my fellow TIPS compatriots as well.

Our TIPS travel manager at that time was Janice Mardis. She would have been a first rate army supply sergeant. The Hoods, our selected Arrangements Chairs for Charleston, had set up several great events. These included an outdoor seafood and barbecue feast at a colonial plantation mansion. But, to get the good prices they had bargained for, (sorry about the dangling preposition) we had to pay the vendors in cash. Apparently, this is a very big no-no to the ABA. But, it was done. I don't know how. I don't want to know how. But, we had great weather, the food was wonderful and the mansion (docent tours for all) was very interesting. This latter relation of events (surely any Statue of Limitations has run) could be fairly characterized as humorous. As least it was to me when I tried to understand what the vendors I talked to about this were saying. The Hoods interpreted for me later!

Splendid times; splendid memories!

If I hadn't turned into a lazy good for nothing worthless bum upon my retirement, I could write a book on my great memories from my participation in TIPS (which started in 1954; when it was the Insurance, Negligence and Compensation Section - INCL).

Thanks for your attention,

Hugh E. Reynolds Jr.
TIPS 1994-1995 Chair

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Upcoming Events & CLE

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2013 ABA TIPS Annual Meeting










Join TIPS at the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting, August 8-12, 2013 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA. TIPS will present a number of valuable CLE programs, a CLE Showcase program entitled Do You Really Know What You Are Eating? Contemporary Issues You Should Know About in Food Labeling, Advertising and Fraud, and various networking events including the Welcome, Pursuit of Justice and Liberty Achievement Award Reception and the James K. Carroll Leadership Awards Dinner.

Please visit the TIPS Annual Meeting website for more information and register today if you haven't already done so.

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Membership

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Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership!

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Thank you for renewing your membership in TIPS for the 2013-14 year. For those who have not renewed, TIPS would like to remind you that your next dues bill for the 2013-14 membership year is coming in a few weeks. We truly value your membership and look forward to another successful and busy year in TIPS!

Don't Miss This Rare Opportunity - Join the ABA for FREE, Pay TIPS Dues!

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Do you have non-ABA colleagues who want to join TIPS? Prospects identified as lawyers practicing in your specialty area will be offered a FREE ABA membership for the 2013-14 year through August 31, 2014 if they pay TIPS dues.

Through this current ABA telemarketing campaign, we are looking to recruit new members to the ABA and TIPS for this special membership offer.

To participate, please assist us in identifying and obtaining a list of your attorney colleagues from your specialty groups and/or associations (including names and telephone numbers) where TIPS and the specialty group have members in common.

If you have any questions, contact Linda Wiley, TIPS Membership Specialist, at linda.wiley@americanbar.org or 312-988-5673.

Take Advantage of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center

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The Legal Technology Resource Center educates and assists ABA members with the latest legal technology topics such as cloud computing, hardware, software, marketing, mobile, and security. Working closely with the Law Practice Management Section, the LTRC offers a variety of resources including a law technology blog, publications, free monthly webinars and its extensive website with the ultimate goal of helping attorneys improve their practice through technology. Visit the links below to learn more.

ABA Email Preference Center

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The ABA has released the new Preference Center, giving you the opportunity to select your own individual email preferences. You now have the ability to choose to receive email from only your Sections, Divisions & Forums, or email related to your areas of interest, and you may subscribe to the ABA's weekly email digest to reduce the frequency of email you receive. To use this feature, have your ABA ID number and password handy, then click on this link.

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