Michigan Law Library

Law School Symposium-University of Michigan

Why Insurance Matters: Insurance As A Driving Force For Our Economy
*This event is open to all attorneys & law students*

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Date & Location

Friday, October 20, 2017

University of Michigan Law School
701 South State Street
South Hall - Room 1225
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


 A room block has been reserved at Hampton Inn, Ann Arbor: 925 Victors Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

To get the ACCEC rate of $119/night, plus tax, reservations must be made through the hotel's website: http://group.hamptoninn.com/ACCEC. To reach the hotel by phone, call 734-665-5000.

The last day to make reservations under the room block is Friday, September 22, 2017.



ACCEC Fellows and Other Attorneys:

  • $250 on or before September 22, 2017
  • $275 September 23 and after 

University of Michigan Law School Alumni and Young Attorneys (less than 5 years in practice):

  • $195 on or before  September 22, 2017 
  • $220  September 23 and after 

University of Michigan Law School Faculty/Students:
FREE (but registration is required)

The early bird registration deadline is September 22, 2017. The final registration deadline is Friday, October 13, 2017. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is received by 5:00 pm ET Friday, October 13, 2017, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be issued. There are no refunds for cancellations received after that date.



8:30 – 9:00 am Registration and Coffee

9:00 –9:15 am Welcoming Remarks and Introductions


  • Bruce Celebrezze, Sedgwick LLP; President, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • Kyle Logue, Douglas A. Kahn Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Michael Barnes, Dentons US LLP, and Christopher Mosley, Sherman & Howard LLC, Program Co-Chairs

9:15 – 10:05 am From Rain Checks to Real Disasters: Insurance as the Necessary Grease in the Wheels of Commerce


  • Leo P. Martinez, University of California, Hastings College of Law
  • Christine Haskett, Covington & Burling LLP

10:05 – 10:55 am How Transactional Liability Insurance Has Changed The Way Private Equity Firms and Corporations Approach Public and Private M&A Transactions


  • Gary Blitz, Aon Transactional Solutions
  • Joseph Finnerty III, DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Michael Huddleston, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC
  • Peter Rosen, Latham & Watkins LLP

10:55 – 11:10 am Break

11:10 – 12:00 pm Good Faith/Bad Faith Claims Investigations: Information vs. Evidence - A Distinction with a Difference


  • Marialuisa Gallozzi, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Rick Hammond, HeplerBroom

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch

Keynote Speaker:

  • Kyle Logue, University of Michigan Law School

1:15 – 2:05 pm Beyond Champerty: The Rise of Third Party Litigation Funding


  • Michael F. Aylward, Morrison Mahoney LLP
  • Meghan Magruder, King & Spalding

2:05 – 2:55 pm Autonomous Vehicles and Aircraft: The Impact on Insurance


  • Ramji Kaul, University of Michigan Law School, Moderator
  • Walter Andrews, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • University of Michigan Law School Insurance Law Students

2:55 – 3:10 pm Break

3:10 – 4:00 pm Lincoln on Professionalism


  • John Bonnie, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial
  • Robert E. Hirshon, University of Michigan Law School

4:00 – 4:45 pm Tour of the Law Quad, including the Reading Room (optional)