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April 29, 2024 Feature

Fall 2023 Update on the Latest Programs and Events in Your Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section


The Fidelity Fall Conference, The Financial Institution Bond and Commercial Crime Policy: Principles and Annotations, was held October 5–6, 2023, at the Revere Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference explored the key insuring agreements, conditions, exclusions, and other critical aspects of both financial institution bonds and commercial crime policies and featured the combined new indispensable book, The Financial Institution Bond and Commercial Crime Policy: Principles and Annotations. The renowned fidelity faculty also focused on some of the critical foundations of these policies as well as new developments in the law and practical approaches to handling claims in today’s climate.

The Aviation Litigation Conference, The Sky’s the Limit: Soaring into the Future of Aviation and Space Law, was held October 26–27, 2023, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, Virginia. This conference featured key representatives and experts in aviation today covering the pivotal and evolving issues in the fields of aviation and space law and included keynote luncheon speaker Sarah Banco, senior director, legal, of SpaceX.

Fall Meeting

TIPS members met for a successful Fall Meeting, held October 12–14, 2023, at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. The meeting was exceptionally productive, filled with enthusiasm, energy, and a wealth of great ideas to guide us into the year ahead. Specialized chair and chair-elect orientation and training sessions were held for TIPS general committees, and TIPS general committees, standing committees, task forces, and Council held business meetings to plan for the year ahead.


Congratulations to Mike Drumke, who received the much-deserved James K. Carroll Leadership Award at the opening plenary session, and to Jay Young, who was presented with the Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award for his demonstrated leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS and its accomplishments at the Saturday evening event.

Leadership Academy

An enthusiastic 2023–2024 Leadership Academy Class launched at the Fall Meeting! There were many illustrious speakers, including Judge Bernice Donald, as well as dignitaries from the local area, Dr. Peter Maynard KC, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association president and senior partner of Peter D. Maynard Counsel & Attorneys, and Kahlil Parker KC, president of the Bahamas Bar Association and partner with Cedric L. Parker & Co.

The Leadership Academy is held every other year and is a program designed to increase diversity of leaders, nurture effective leadership, build relationships, and raise diversity awareness. Eighteen lawyers were selected to participate in the Leadership Academy, which also meets at the ABA Midyear Meeting, TIPS Section Conference in May, and ABA Annual Meeting.

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