A person may be eligible to become a Fellow, Judicial Fellow, Emeritus Fellow or Honorary Fellow only if such person meets the eligibility and other requirements, has been nominated for membership pursuant to the Bylaws and membership guidelines, and is elected and invited to join pursuant to the Bylaws.
There are four classes of membership: Fellows, Judicial Fellows, Emeritus Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The classification of Fellows are:
Practicing lawyers who are licensed to practice law in the highest court of their respective states, who have engaged substantially in the practice of insurance law for at least fifteen consecutive years, and who meet and continue to meet the qualification requirements which are from time to time established by the Board of Regents (“Board”) may be eligible to be become a Fellow. Time spent as a judge or law clerk may be considered in determining whether the fifteen year requirement has been satisfied. Fellows include lawyers engaged in the private practice of law, with a concentration primarily in the fields of insurance coverage, bad faith and/or extracontractual claims. Fellow nominees are required to have substantial experience in the field of insurance and/or extracontractual law.
A person who is elected or appointed to judicial office after he or she becomes a Fellow may be eligible to become a Judicial Fellow, subject to the rights and privileges set forth in the Bylaws. Judicial Fellows may be entitled to return to Fellow status following their judicial tenure pursuant to the Bylaws.
If, after a person becomes a Fellow, he or she (i) attains the age of 70 years, (ii) ceases to engage in the active practice of insurance or extracontractual law, and (iii) is at such time a Fellow in good standing, may be eligible to become an Emeritus Fellow. In the discretion of the Board, a Fellow under the age of 70 may be admitted as an Emeritus Fellow if such Fellow ceases to engage in the active practice of insurance or extracontractual law because of age, illness, infirmity or other reason satisfactory to the Board but is otherwise a Fellow in good standing. The rights and privileges of Emeritus Fellows are subject to the Bylaws.
Persons who are lawyers, judges, academics or other individuals who at the time of election may not otherwise be eligible for membership in the College, but who by their contributions to and accomplishments in the practice of insurance or extracontractual law, have attained a high degree of respect and eminence, and who, by reason of their qualifications, can contribute to the goals and aspirations of the College, may be eligible for membership as Honorary Fellows. The rights and privileges of Honorary Fellows are subject to the Bylaws.
Michael Barnes, Dentons US LLP
Mary McCutcheon, Farella Braun & Martel LLP
Presented at the 2017 Law School Symposium, U.C. Hastings College of the Law
Jill B. Berkeley, chair of the Insurance Policyholder practice group and partner in the General & Commercial Litigation group at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC). The award was created this year in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Committee’s annual meeting and recognizes Jill’s many significant contributions to the mission and objectives of the Committee and the Section.
Berkeley has been active in the ICLC for decades. Berkeley was the chair of the ICLC program committee in 1996-1997 and the Chair of the Committee in 2006-2007. She has attended 24 out of the 25 Committee midyear meetings. She has been a speaker at five of the conferences. She has served as a vice-chair of ICLC since 2008. One of her most significant contributions to the Committee and to the work of the Section was her role in developing a mutually beneficial publication arrangement between the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) and the ABA whereby royalty payments from subscriptions to the CGL Reporter were set aside to fund scholarships for the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). More than 400 scholarships have been awarded, and more than $500,000 in royalties have been paid into the TIPS program from IRMI. More than 70 members of ICLC have served as editors for the CGL Reporter.
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