It is difficult to believe the ABA Annual Meeting is only one week away! There is still time to register (depending on the options chosen registration can be FREE this year, for the first time in a long time) and make your hotel arrangements, but don't delay. Visit the TIPS Annual Meeting website for information on how to register and to view an updated schedule of events.
Whether you are an old-timer like me, or someone who has always wondered what a TIPS meeting is all about, please join us in historic Boston as we culminate another successful bar year. TIPS will meet August 7-10 at the beautiful Omni Parker House Hotel. In addition to the many important committee and governance meetings, TIPS is presenting a broad schedule of timely and informative CLE programming. Every panel will be presented by leading experts and attorneys from across the country, and the topics include bad faith litigation, trial skills focused on voir dire and opening statements, insurance fraud, claims relating to food distribution, regulating international animal trade, insuring against a terrorist attack, and "big data" lawsuits. In addition, don't miss our MAGNITUDE360 CLE Showcase Program on Sunday, August 10th, Game-Changer: The States' Big Gamble on Legalized Sports Betting, featuring a panel that includes former US Solicitor General Theodore Olsen and Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann.
To our members in Boston, you will also have an opportunity to network with fellow TIPS members and Annual Meeting attendees at our many receptions and networking events, the largest will be the Welcome Reception being held on Friday, August 8th at the John Adams Courthouse and the James Carroll Leadership & Awards Dinner on Saturday, August 9th at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. If this will be your first TIPS meeting and you have any difficulty finding what you are looking for, ask for me. I will be easy to find.
This is my final eTIPS column, so I will say a few things for the last time: please remember to check your ABA email preferences so you can receive TIPS newsletters and communications. Share with the Section Chair, and staff, your suggestions, criticisms and positive feedback. A General Committee newsletter article need be only about 1,000 words, why don't you write one next year? Find someone to bring to a TIPS meeting, and sign up a friend or someone in your firm to share the advantages of networking in a national organization. If you will look through the TIPS Book Catalog, I can just about guarantee you will stumble onto something to buy which you have been looking for, but did not know where to find. Our Section Sponsors - Thomson Reuters (West), DecisionQuest Trial Consulting, MDD Forensic Accountants and CourtCall - support the Section and are the kind of businesses all TIPS members use, and TIPS has earned the luxury of being able to associate with the best. Always remember that TIPS is part of the American Bar Association, be proud of the ABA and speak well of it.
The past year has gone by very quickly for me, and is now just about done. It has been a rare privilege to be trusted to represent this great Section I care about so much. You have seen my photograph a lot over the past 12 months, but I can assure you that the most important work of the Section - creating value for the members who trust us to help them develop new business, showcase their expertise, and develop skills to better represent their clients - is largely done by the chairs of our substantive General Committees, with assistance from the apparatus of Standing Committees and Task Forces created to support them. And, behind the Section leadership - holding it together year after year - is the professional TIPS staff. I have known for a long time that every TIPS member owes the entire staff many thanks, and this year I have seen how true that is and thank them for their help in making this year a successful one.
Thank you for continuing your membership in TIPS. If I can help you in any way please let me know how, and I hope to see you next week in Boston.
Chair, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Committee Spotlight: Business Litigation Committee
The Business Litigation Committee covers all aspects of business litigation, including breaches of and interference with contracts, fraud, deceptive trade practices, lender and consumer liability, misuse of intellectual property, and other business and employment torts. The committee focus includes not only substantive law issues, but also techniques to effectively present a case to a jury, judge, mediator, or arbitrator. At just over 1,400 members, the committee is diverse with members representing business clients, both in prosecuting and defending actions, as well as many in-house attorneys, staff counsel and plaintiffs' counsel.
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