Procedures for Nomination of Fellows
As specified in the ACCEC Bylaws, the ACCEC is seeking Nominees to be admitted as Fellows of the ACCEC who are distinguished for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of insurance coverage and extracontractual law, and who are dedicated to excellence in this area of practice.
Nominees should have at least fifteen years of experience representing insurers or policyholders in the field of insurance coverage or extracontractual law, typically devoting at least 70% of their practice to this area.
Nominees should be nominated by a current Fellow of the ACCEC who is not a member of the Nominee’s law firm.
Fellows should submit the names of proposed Nominees to the Membership Committee (co-chairs: Jill Berkeley, firstname.lastname@example.org, Wayne Taylor, WTaylor@MFLLaw.com) for review. It is within the discretion of the Fellow whether to advise the proposed Nominee that his or her name has been submitted to the Membership Committee for review. After conducting initial due diligence, the Membership Committee will notify the Fellow whether the Membership Committee has determined that the Nominee should be invited to apply for membership. If the Committee determines that the Nominee should be invited to apply for membership, a Committee Member shall send a Nomination Form (prepared and revised from time to time by the Committee) to the Nominee, and inform the Nominee of the name of the Fellow who submitted his or her name for nomination.
Upon submission of the completed Nomination Form by the Nominee, the Membership Committee shall conduct further due diligence regarding the Nominee, as provided in the Mission Statement, Membership Criteria and By-Laws of the ACCEC. Any due diligence conducted by the Membership Committee shall be conducted, if possible, by a member of the Membership Committee who is not personally acquainted with the Nominee.
If the Nominee is approved by the Membership Committee as specified in Section 4.3 (f) of the By-Laws, his or her name will be forwarded to the Board of Regents for further consideration as specified in Section 6.4 of 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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