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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Gene BeckhamTIPS Members,

I am excited to be writing this message for eTIPS, my first as Chair of this great Section. I believe that membership numbers are the best indicator of relevance, and that it is the activities of our 31 General Committees that create value for you, our members. So, in this coming year, we will continue to focus on increasing the vitality and production of our General Committees by creating new ways to serve our members and opportunities for those serving in leadership roles to network and get to know one another better. Our Fall CLE programs, to be held during the TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting, October 9-13 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, MN, will focus on topics important to TIPS practitioners, including black box technology, trucking insurance, how to read a complex insurance policy and others. I hope you will join us not only for the meeting, but for these exciting and valuable programs.

It was great to see so many of you during the Annual Meeting in San Francisco earlier this month. At Sunday night's James K. Carroll Leadership Dinner, the Section presented several important awards, including honoring Janis C. Puracal with the TIPS Muskie Pro Bono Service Award in recognition of her outstanding pro bono service. Her amazing story, which only began by freeing her brother after a wrongful conviction in Central America, is truly inspiring. Professor Tom Baker of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law received the Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award for his body of work. His former student, current TIPS Council member John Cartafalsa, provided the introduction and Professor Baker delivered an exciting acceptance speech explaining the importance of insurance to virtually all endeavors of the civil justice system, and how this realization is what has driven him to excel. The awards presentations capped off with Thomas L. Davis receiving our Section's most-coveted recognition, the Andrew C. Hecker Award, which is bestowed annually to a member who consistently demonstrates leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS and its accomplishments. There was no doubt that Tom Davis deserved this award based on his 20 years of active service and involvement, and his entertaining and poignant acceptance speech was the highlight of the evening. Read more about all of the awards TIPS presented during the Annual Meeting.

TIPS is now planning the CLE programs and meetings that will take place during the rest of the year. I encourage you to look at the schedule of our upcoming CLE programs and mark your calendar to ensure you will be able to attend those of interest to you. Registration is currently underway for the Fall Meeting and the room block is open, so please make your arrangements as soon as possible. You will not want to miss this meeting, or the many things you will find to do in Minneapolis.

I look forward to seeing you at the Fall Meeting and to having another exciting and successful year for TIPS.

Best Regards,

Eugene G. Beckham
Chair, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

Annual Meeting Highlights

2013 Muskie AwardThe 2013 ABA Annual Meeting was held earlier this month in San Francisco, CA. Over 600 TIPS members gathered to attend important business meetings, various CLE programs presented by TIPS and valuable networking events hosted by the Section. Members stayed up-to-date on the latest hot topics in tort and insurance law by attending CLE programs designed for attorneys of all backgrounds, including a Presidential Showcase program on food labeling, advertising and fraud presented by the Animal Law Committee.

2013 Muskie AwardTIPS also presented a number of important awards to our very deserving recipients at events including the Welcome Reception, Animal Law Committee Reception and James K. Carroll Leadership & Awards Dinner. TIPS members also had the opportunity to participate in a public service project at a San Francisco non-profit organization, At The Crossroads, which helps homeless youth rebuild their lives. The Law in Public Service Committee, along with other volunteers assembled backpacks containing food, healthcare products and clothes for the homeless.

Stay Connected With TIPS

Stay Connected with TIPS

We encourage you to stay up-to-date on important Section news, TIPS meetings and events, and hot topics in your area of practice by following TIPS on Twitter @ABATIPS, joining our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, and visiting our YouTube page! In addition, you can easily connect with TIPS substantive committees on these various social media outlets by clicking here.

Committee Spotlight: Employment Law & Litigation Committee

The Employment Law & Litigation Committee is the only national entity to bring together plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to learn about, advocate for, and network together regarding issues of interest to employment law professionals. The committee provides its members opportunities for publication, presentation, leadership, and career development on a national level, recognized by all types of legal practitioners and encompasses all aspects of employment law, tort and litigation.

Learn More about the Employment Law & Litigation Committee!

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Upcoming Events & CLE

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2013 TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting













Join TIPS October 9-13 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, MN for the Fall Leadership Meeting. Featuring valuable CLE programs and a variety of networking opportunities, this is one you will not want to miss! Registration is now open so we encourage you to register and make your hotel arrangements as soon as possible. Visit the TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting website to learn more.

Other Upcoming Programs

TIPS Audio Webinar: Using Excel in Complex Insurance Claims: September 17, 2013

Animal Shelter and Rescue Law Symposium: What Animal Shelter and Rescues Should Know About How to Avoid Liability: October 13, 2013

View All Upcoming Programs

Visit the TIPS Program Audio Archive!

Co-Sponsored Program

UIA 57th Congress - October 31-November 4, 2013 - Macau

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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 a list (50 names or more) of non-ABA colleagues who want to join TIPS? Through our current ABA telemarketing campaign, 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.

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.

ABA Email Preference Center

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