President’s Message

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.”


Spring 2017 Update

Thank you for your efforts during 2017 to date. It has been a busy time. The ACCEC-UC Hastings Law School Symposium in February was a great success. The program boasted comprehensive panel discussions on a variety of cutting-edge and technology-based subjects, and was attended by Fellows from around the country. Thank you all for your support.

We are well underway on our Strategic Planning efforts, with the assistance of many of you. We have conducted surveys and telephone interviews in anticipation of our Strategic Planning meeting on May 10th in Chicago. We encourage you all to reach out to our Board of Regents Members with suggestions and comments as we continue planning the future of the College.

Our Annual Meeting Committee Co-Chairs Steve Pate and Bob Thavis and Vice Chairs Stacy Broman and Jason Mazer continue their efforts to package our high-level programming into a comprehensive day and half in Chicago with multiple networking opportunities. Committee Co-Chairs have issued calls to their respective committees to register and participate in the Committee Meetings that kick off our Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening. It goes without saying (almost) that our Fifth Anniversary Annual is shaping up to be a great milestone for the College.

We are starting efforts on the ACCEC-University of Michigan Law School Symposium, which will mark our shift to Fall symposia to avoid Snowmageddon 1.0 and 2.0 repeats. Michael Barnes and Chris Mosley will co-chair that symposium. 

Our Membership Committee, headed by Jill Berkeley and Wayne Taylor, continues to vet highly capable candidates, and our membership will likely reach 300 members before Chicago. 

This is on top of significant efforts to expand our website and social media presence, including a new Fee Shifting compendium prepared by the First Party Committee and excellent articles on our committee pages. Plus I am happy to report that a number of Fellows are using our Directory for business referrals, which is something we hope to expand as we also consider an ADR database. We have accomplished a lot in Q1 by working together. 

Three requests of all Fellows: 

  • 2017 Annual Meeting: Please register now and encourage other Fellows to attend. As you know, our meeting is May 10-12 in Chicago at the Palmer House Hotel. Hotel rooms are going fast, but we were able to negotiate additional rooms at the Palmer House. Please register for both the Annual Meeting and hotel rooms as soon as possible. Five years is a great milestone, and we have much to celebrate. More information can be found here:
  • Committee Meetings: Your Committee Co-chairs should have reminded everyone of the committee meetings on Wednesday evening, May 10, at 5:00 PM before the Welcome Reception. Please attend. In addition to proposals for our meetings and symposia, Committees need to generate new content on our revamped webpages. Please discuss substantive contributions, including articles (new content or repurposed), interviews for our Fellow Spotlights to be posted on our website – and available to the Fellow-searching public – and other materials. Please check out the new Compendium ( as an example of what our substantive committees and Fellows can accomplish to publish our brand and increase our name recognition.
  • Appointments: Bruce Celebrezze and Mary McCutcheon, as our incoming President and President Elect, are starting the appointment process for the 2017-2018 year. Please advise them of your interest in appointments and drop them an email to identify Fellows who have contributed so much this year to the ACCEC’s progress. They can be reached at and

Thank you again for your support and all the difference you make. We look forward to seeing you all in Chicago!

Mary Craig Calkins