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April 24, 2019 TIPS Notes

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

ABA 2019 Midyear Meeting Recap

TIPS participated in the 2019 ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, with over 30 business meetings, Council meetings, and a combined reception held at Caesar’s Palace on January 26 for TIPS members and Young Lawyers Division members, where the prestigious Robert B. McKay Award was presented to Marc Galanter, retired University of Wisconsin (UW) Law School professor. The award recognizes law professors who show a commitment to advancing justice, scholarship, and the legal profession by contributing to the fields of tort, trial practice, or insurance law.

The TIPS 2018–2019 Leadership Academy met during the Midyear Meeting, welcoming notable speakers who included ABA President Bob Carlson; former ABA President Dennis Archer; the Honorable Mark Bennett, who spoke on implicit bias; and Larry J. Cohen, who covered “Musings on Ethics: What the Rules Mean for Everyday Practice.” The class also heard from Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, architect of the litigation that resulted in the multibillion-dollar tobacco settlement, who later was convicted in a judicial bribery scandal. In federal prison, Scruggs helped fellow inmates earn their General Education Development (GED) certificate. Upon release, he established Second Chance Mississippi, a nonprofit collaboration with Mississippi’s community colleges created to raise awareness and funds for GED and adult education.

Resolutions and Reports

Resolution 112, as revised, was adopted by the ABA House of Delegates. The resolution urges Congress and the U.S. Department of Defense to direct the armed forces and its Public Private Venture housing contractors to enact uniform breed-neutral pet policies for families living in military housing. This resolution was drafted by TIPS’s very active Animal Law Committee.


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 2019-2020

The following slate of officers for bar year 2019–2020 Section leadership was nominated by the TIPS Council during the 2019 ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas:

Chair-Elect (one-year term; then will automatically become Section Chair for 2020–2021): John C. McMeekin II, Philadelphia, PA

Vice-Chair (one-year term): Gary Gassman, Chicago, IL

Secretary: Christopher Nolan, New York, NY

Finance Officer: Sam Poteet, Nashville, TN

Revenue Officer-Elect: Meade Mitchell, Ridgeland, MS

Diversity Officer: Marcy Greer, Austin, TX

Section Representative to the ABA House of Delegates: Holly Polglase, Boston, MA

Council Members, Class of 2022 (five to be elected, each to serve a three-year term):

David S. Becker, Chicago, IL

Christine S. Davis, Washington, DC

Lisa J. Dickinson, Spokane, WA

Floyd Holloway Jr., Chadds Ford, PA

Beth M. Kramer, Bethesda, MD

Nominees will be elected officially by TIPS members at the Section Business Meeting to be held at the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. Terms of each office will begin immediately, which, as the Annual Meeting closes, will effectively begin the 2019–2020 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:

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

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