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

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Message from the Chair

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Gene BeckhamTIPS Members,

The calendar says it is Spring, so it must be. This year, better proof of Springtime than the weather, are the arrival of the many CLE programs for which TIPS is known. In addition, the Spring Meeting will be here before we know it.

The Workers' Compensation Committee held their Midwinter Seminar & Conference two weeks ago in Chicago. They had a fantastic turnout and attendees were able to witness the many St. Patrick's Day festivities, including when the river (frozen almost solid a few weeks earlier during the Midyear Meeting) was dyed green. Prior to the program, the Committee leaders led by Chair Tony MacAuley and Chair-Elect Stacy Tees, participated in a strategic planning session with other committee leaders, and the future of the committee looks good! Our Motor Vehicle Product Liability and Toxic Torts programs are coming up next week in beautiful Phoenix, AZ. And don't forget the 2nd TIPS Member Mondays Free Webinar, which will take place on April 7 and is an excellent program titled The Ins and Outs of Interpreting and Applying D&O and E&O Policy Exclusions.

The annual TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy is being held April 12-16, as always, in Reno. If your firm has not sent a budding trial lawyer to attend this one-of-a-kind program, please call to see if there is still room this year, and, if not, keep it in mind for next year. On April 16, I hope you will attend the TIPS Animal Law Committee webinar, Animal Law and the Constitution: Property, Preemption and Police Power. The expertise and passion of our ALC members virtually guarantees that all of their programming will be interesting, educational and provocative, and this one is no exception. Our Property Insurance Law program on April 24-26, Resolution of Property Insurance Claims in the Modern Age-Appraisal, Mediation and Arbitration, will be held at a new location, the beautiful Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA. Please visit the TIPS website to find out how you can attend these programs.

Registration is now open for the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting to be held May 14-18 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL. The room block is also open, so please register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. This meeting features a full slate of Committee and Task Force meetings, our 3rd Plenary Session of the year, a dockside Welcome Reception, three hours of CLE on claims involving tourists and cruise ships, the Leadership in Action Luncheon where the Kirsten Christophe Award will be presented (and a Florida Supreme Court Justice will speak) and a Saturday evening reception at the oceanfront Beach Club. The meeting hotel has 2 golf courses right out the back door, and TIPS is holding a golf tournament Friday afternoon. I hope you will not miss your chance to network at our various events, earn valuable CLE and enjoy some fun with your fellow TIPSters in sunny Florida!

Every year is a special year for TIPS, and this one is no exception. Our goal of providing irreplaceable value to our members is what motivates the Section's leaders and staff. I look forward to seeing, and meeting, many of you at our upcoming meetings and programs.

Gene Beckham
Chair, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

TIPS Spring Meeting-Register Today!

Register today, purchase event tickets, and make your hotel arrangements for the TIPS Spring Meeting, May 14-18, 2014 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in beautiful Boca Raton, FL. Featuring valuable CLE programming on resort, tourism, and cruise line cases, a variety of networking events, Committee and Task Force meetings, and public service opportunities, this is a meeting you will not want to miss!

TIPS Thanks IRMI

TIPS thanks the International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI) for its generous support of the TIPS Scholarship Fund. For 18 years, IRMI's support has enabled TIPS to provide funding to over 540 TIPS members who require financial help to attend our programs and meetings. In addition, the funding helps us to deliver on our promise to provide members with the opportunity to network, gain business and build professional and personal contacts.

TIPS Connect! NEW Diversity Fellowship Program Scholarship Opportunity for Minority Bar Leaders!

The TIPS Diversity Committee recently launched a scholarship initiative for outreach to national bar-related organizations and associations that are committed to the advancement of inclusion in the legal profession including: the National Bar Association; the Hispanic Bar Association; the NAPABA; the National LGBT Bar Association; and the Native American Bar Association. The TIPS CONNECT! initiative promotes attendance by various minority bar association members and leaders to TIPS meetings in Boca Raton (TIPS Spring Leadership) and Boston (ABA Annual). An application and additional information can be found here.

Committee Spotlight: Dispute Resolution Committee

The Dispute Resolution Committee is a forum for mediators, attorneys representing clients in mediation, in-house counsel, members of the judiciary and scholars, to exchange views and practical information on dispute resolution.

Learn More about the Dispute Resolution Committee!

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Upcoming Events & CLE

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Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation - April 2-4, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ

Hot Topics in Toxic Torts & Environmental Law - April 3-5, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ

The Ins and Outs of Interpreting and Applying D&O and E&O Policy Exclusions - April 7, 2014 - TIPS FREE Member Mondays Webinar

TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy - April 12-16, 2014 - Reno, NV

Animal Law and the Constitution: Property, Preemption and Police Power - April 16, 2014 - Webinar

Resolution of Property Insurance Claims in the Modern Age-Appraisal, Mediation and Arbitration - April 24-26, 2014 - Carlsbad, CA

View All Upcoming Programs

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Membership

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Thank You for Investing in YOU and Renewing Your TIPS Membership!

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TIPS would like to thank you for renewing your membership for the 2013-14 year. A membership in TIPS is truly an investment in yourself. We greatly appreciate your commitment to the Section and look forward to serving you this year!

Recruit New ABA and TIPS Members Today!

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ABA Full Firm Membership Program

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The ABA Full Firm Membership Program consists of more than 70 firms and corporations that have made entity-wide ABA membership a priority. They are partnering with the ABA to strengthen lawyers, the profession, and our justice system. To learn more about ABA Full Firm Membership, please contact Susan D. Wright, Esq. at (312)988-6768 or susan.wright@americanbar.org. To view a list of participating firms, click here.

ABA Public Service Group Program

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This new ABA membership program offers a special group dues rate to judges and lawyers employed in government, legal services or non-profit settings and is available to current and new ABA members. Don't miss this opportunity to reduce your ABA dues while inviting your colleagues to join TIPS. Participate in this program and receive all of the benefits that membership in the ABA and TIPS offers!

The special ABA Dues Group rate for FY2014 is $70 per individual. This rate will increase in FY2015 to $95 per individual. Note that the regular ABA dues rate can be as much as $399 per individual.

For complete information and the requirements for participation, please view our Frequently Asked Questions and/or contact Linda Wiley at linda.wiley@americanbar.org.

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