August 31, 2018 What's New at TIPS

Meeting Round-Up : TIPS Section Conference in Los Angeles, California

By Christopher Kenney
Loews Hotel Hollywood was the perfect spot for the May 4 CLE program “Reel Ethics: A Morning at the Movies—How Hollywood Films Demonstrate Legal Ethic

Loews Hotel Hollywood was the perfect spot for the May 4 CLE program “Reel Ethics: A Morning at the Movies—How Hollywood Films Demonstrate Legal Ethic

Photo by Christopher Steward.

TIPS held its fourth annual Section Conference in California on May 2–5, 2018, based at the Loews Hotel Hollywood in Los Angeles. The conference was extra special as TIPS members and guests celebrated the Section’s 85th anniversary.

Consistent with our Hollywood setting, the conference was replete with blockbuster CLE programs featuring the best of TIPS faculty on a diverse array of practical topics of interest to our members. Among the star-studded continuing legal education (CLE) offerings were general interest programs on “Creating Your Rock Star Brand and Building a Career You Love,” “Reel Ethics: A Morning at the Movies—How Hollywood Films Demonstrate Legal Ethical Dilemmas,” and “The Corporate Counsel Survival Guide: Tips from the Insiders.”

As always, TIPS also featured pragmatic “how-to” CLE programs to enhance members’ careers and practices. These included “Hey, That Tweet Helps My Case: Presenting Social Media, Electronic, and Demonstrative Evidence at Trial,” “Advanced Mediation Advocacy,” and “Preserving Coverage Defenses: Key Considerations for Insurers and Their Attorneys When Evaluating the Duty to Defend.”

In addition to the CLE, TIPS committees and task forces met throughout the conference to advance their respective programs and publications. The conference also featured several programs designed to advance the careers of women in the court room. These included “Women Lawyers on Trial Teams: How In-House Counsel Are Making a Difference,” “Moving Women into Positions of Power: Men as Allies and Champions,” and a women’s networking lunch to bring the panelists and participants together.

On the social front, attendees gathered on Wednesday for the Welcome Reception at Loews Hotel Hollywood. This red carpet affair was the perfect kick-off to a memorable meeting. The social highlight of the conference was the TIPS 85th Anniversary Gala at Paramount Studios. Members enjoyed cocktails and a gourmet buffet in a lush terrace setting on the grounds of the historic studio, along with the opportunity to be escorted on trams around the studio lot for a guided tour of movie sets recognizable from hit movies and TV shows.

As always, TIPS is grateful to its talented staff members, Section sponsors, and the Section Conference sponsors for helping make our 85th anniversary a resounding success.

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By Christopher Kenney

Christopher Kenney is a principal with Kenney & Sams PC in Boston, Massachusetts, and a member of the TortSource editorial board. He may be reached at cakenney@kandslegal.com.