I hope you enjoyed the Spring Meeting earlier this month in Boca Raton, FL as much as it looked like you did. It was a pleasure to see so many of you, and we were pleased to include among the attendees such dignitaries as Bob Carlson, current Chair of the ABA House of Delegates, Honorable Cara Lee Neville, ABA Secretary, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida, and Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince. Our Thursday Welcome Reception was highlighted by the presentation of the Pursuit of Justice Award to West Palm Beach attorney Christian D. Searcy whose personal remarks about the emotional investment he makes in his cases on behalf of clients touched many of us deeply. The 3rd installment of the TIPS Diversity Series created by Diversity Officer Darcee Siegel, "A View From the Trenches," explored and discussed the barriers faced and overcome by lawyers whose diversity included disability, race, nationality and sexual orientation. On Friday we presented three hours of CLE to TIPS members and local attorneys on claims involving resorts, tourism and cruise ships. At the Leadership in Action Luncheon, long-time TIPS leader Carole Smith of Illinois, who was being honored with the Kirsten Christophe Memorial Award For Excellence in Tort and Insurance Law, captivated the room with her compelling personal story of triumph over prejudice and adversity, and then we heard from Keynote Speaker Justice Quince, who challenged us with an inspiring call for lawyers to provide society with leadership. The meeting concluded with our Saturday evening reception at the oceanfront Beach Club, where the good weather, good food, and good music all contributed to the fun!
With three productive and enjoyable meetings behind us, it is time to turn our focus to our summer programming and the ABA Annual Meeting. We have several convenient, hot-topic webinars coming up in June, including Recent Developments Relating to the Definition of What is a "Loss" Under Common D&O and Professional Liability Coverages on June 12th, TIPS Member Mondays FREE ethics webinar-Get Out of My Case: Making and Opposing Motions to Disqualify on June 16th,
How Workers' Compensation Insurance Premium Fraud Destabilizes the Competitive Markets on June 24th, and An Ethical Trek Through the Digital Domain: Social Media, Mobile Devices and More on June 25th.
The TIPS headquarter hotel during the ABA Annual Meeting, August 7-10, will be the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, MA. Please visit the TIPS Annual Meeting website for important registration information and details regarding our Annual Meeting networking events, meeting schedule and programming. We hope to see you there! Please remember that the Annual Meeting format, both for TIPS and the ABA, has significantly changed and so have the registration options. Please make sure to refer to the available schedules prior to making nonrefundable travel plans, and let me know if you have questions about which registration options make sense for TIPS members.
If you haven't yet had a chance to visit the TIPS Programs Audio Archive, I encourage you to do so. We have recently added new programs, available for your complimentary listening, and will be updating the archive with valuable content over the coming months.
The Section Council and staff continue to work hard to provide you, and all TIPS members, with value which far exceeds the cost of membership, and active participation multiplies the benefits of membership in too many ways for me to list. Please plan to join us at the Annual Meeting, and if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to call or write me to discuss them.
Chair, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
TIPS - Goal III Platinum Level Honor Roll Recipient!
Due to several Section diversity initiatives, TIPS was recently recognized as a 2014 Goal III Platinum Level Honor Roll Recipient by the ABA Commission on Disability Rights. We especially appreciate the efforts and contributions of the TIPS Diversity in the Profession Committee. To read the 2014 Goal III Report, click here.
TIPS Section Sponsor DecisionQuest Advises on Historic Win in U.S. District Court of New Jersey
Congratulations to TIPS Section Sponsor DecisionQuest - a key advisor in Avaya Inc. v. Telecom Labs Inc. et al., a historic antitrust case that concluded on March 27, 2014 when a jury in New Jersey awarded $20 million in compensatory damages to the Tacoma, Wash.-based Continuant Inc., an aftermarket maintenance service provider. To read the full press release, click here.
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