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.
Cozen O’Connor announced that Stephen Pate has joined the firm’s Global Insurance Department, in the Houston office. Pate—who joins as a member and will be co-chair of the property insurance practice group—handles matters such as property insurance, directors and officers insurance, business interruption, CDL insurance, builders risk and commercial general liability disputes, among others. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer for insurance law by Chambers. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Law Institute.
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.
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