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.
Eugene G. Beckham
Chair, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Annual Meeting Highlights
The 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.
TIPS 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
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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.
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