The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel recognizes the preeminent leaders in the field of insurance coverage law. It unites policyholder and insurer-side counsel with academicians to achieve a common purpose: advancing the administration of justice while promoting the highest standards of advocacy of coverage and extracontractual (bad faith) disputes. The College calls on its almost 300 Fellows across the Country to exemplify the qualities of excellence, civility and professionalism in this critical area of the law. As we approach our fifth year, please review the information on our new website. It provides expanded materials that we hope will be of great interest to practitioners around the country, including articles from renowned practitioners with demonstrated skill and experience in this specialized area of insurance coverage law. To quote my predecessor, “view those who have been called to excellence.”
December 2016 President's Message
With the holidays and year end almost on us, I wanted to thank you for your involvement in the ACCEC’s many accomplishments during 2016. We are quickly approaching 300 members, with our first Emeritus Fellow and seven Honorary Fellows. Our website with our new logo has been redesigned, and boasts a variety of publications and photos reflecting our efforts during the year. In early 2017, continue to read our Articles of the Month, and the new “In the Spotlight” column, which will highlight many of our Fellows and provide member news.
Our Committees are actively involved in developing Committee web pages and adding content, with many excellent ideas percolating after our recent conferences with Committee co-chairs. For example, one Committee suggested that we consider creating a dispute resolution mechanism that will allow Fellows to arrange informal discussions – using the talent of other ACCEC fellows – to resolve issues before suit. We will follow up with the Fellows and our ADR Committee to see if that idea can be fleshed out.
Planning for our next Annual Meeting, celebrating our Fifth Anniversary, is well underway and we have two Law School Symposia in the works. We are addressing Strategic Planning for the next five years, to determine where and how we want to grow. We have conducted Regional Meet Ups in nine cities (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philadelphia, and San Francisco) with additional Meet Ups scheduled in early 2017 in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. These Meet Ups provide a wonderful opportunity for Fellows to get to know each other better, and to discuss developments, our course of direction, common goals, and possible new members. All in all, a great year!
As we enter the New Year, please keep the following in mind:
Best wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday season, and we look forward to addressing these and other issues as we continue well into 2017.
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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