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April 25, 2019

Update on the Latest Programs and Events in Your Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

ABA 2018 Midyear Meeting Recap

TIPS participated in the 2018 ABA Midyear Meeting in February in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, with over 30 business meetings, Council meetings, an evidence program conducted for the Young Lawyers Division, and a combined complimentary reception for TIPS members and Young Lawyers Division members, which was lively and very well attended.

Other Midyear highlights include a public service project for which TIPS’s Animal Law Committee and the Law and Public Service Committee teamed up on February 2 with the Young Lawyers Division, the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA), and Atira Women’s Resource Society. Volunteers assembled support packages for women affected by domestic violence and their pets, while listening to speakers highlighting the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as the need to provide shelter to the pets of persons affected by violence.

TIPS appreciates the support of its Premier Section Sponsor Thomson Reuters and Section Sponsors, MDD Forensic Accountants, Atlas Legal Research, and Robson Forensic.

Section Leadership Nominated for FY 2018–2019

The following slate of officers for fiscal year 2018–2019 Section leadership was nominated by the TIPS Council during the 2017 ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver:

Chair-Elect (one-year term; then will automatically become Section Chair for 2019–2020): Thea Capone, New York, NY

Vice-Chair (one-year term): John C. McMeekin II, Philadelphia, PA

Section Representative to the ABA House of Delegates (three-year term): Timothy Bouch, Charleston, SC

Council Members, Class of 2021 (five to be elected, each to serve a three-year term):

Daina Bray, Nashville, TN

Meade W. Mitchell, Ridgeland, MS

Mike F. Pipkin, Dallas, TX

Latanishia D. Watters, Birmingham, AL

David Vandiver Wilson II, Houston, TX

Nominees will be officially elected by TIPS members at the Section Business Meeting on August 5, to be held at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Terms of each office will begin immediately, which, as the ABA Annual Meeting closes, will effectively begin the 2018–2019 bar year for the Section.

Procedures for additional nominations. According to Section bylaws, at any time prior to July 1, additional nominations may be submitted for one or more of the elected offices to be filled at the Annual Meeting. Not fewer than 50 Section members in good standing, of whom not more than 24 are residents of any one state, may file a nominating petition (which may be in multiple parts), signed, with names and addresses. All such petitions must be accompanied by the written consent of persons so nominated. Petitions may be sent by regular mail to the Section Chair at:

Holly Polglase, Chair c/o Theresa Livingston, Section Director Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section American Bar Association 321 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654-7598