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August 19, 2019 What's New at TIPS

Meeting Round-Up: TIPS Section Conference in New York

By Briana M. Montminy

Judge Lourdes Ventura, recipient of the 2019 TIPS Liberty Achievement Award, is congratulated by Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president of Community Relations and Government Affairs for Thomson Reuters, sponsor of the award and TIPS’s Premier Section Sponsor, and TIPS Chair Roy Cohen during the TIPS Welcome Reception at the Westin Times Square in New York on May 1. Photo by Theresa Livingston.

The Fifth Annual TIPS Section Conference was held in New York City on May 1–4. This year’s conference offered more than 25 credit hours of CLE! On the opening day, a group of 11 senior trial lawyers hosted a panel called “Trial Masters—Knowledge We Wish We Had Years Ago.” These seasoned trial lawyers shared their tips on the various aspects of preparing a case for trial and trying the case, including developing your theme, voir dire, opening statements, cross-examining an expert, using technology, and closing arguments. Not only were the speakers interesting and engaging, but the format of the CLE was unique in that each of these dynamic speakers had eight minutes to speak. The constant change kept your attention.

Following the CLE, TIPS hosted a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening for all attendees where New York Judge Lourdes Ventura received the 2019 Liberty Achievement Award, which TIPS co-sponsors with Thomson Reuters. The Liberty Achievement Award honors lawyers and judges who take a leadership role by demonstrating, through choices made in their careers and work done in private or public sector positions, that they have actively promoted diversity in the legal profession.

After the Welcome Reception and Young Lawyers Social Networking Reception on Wednesday evening, the CLE continued Thursday morning with a “View from the Inside,” featuring a panel of in-house lawyers who discussed the legal concerns that keep them awake at night. Thursday and Friday offered full days of CLE. Other CLE program topics included the developing role of corporate counsel, the current landscape of claims handling and policyholders’ expectations, in-house counsel perspectives on how their companies are moving the needle on diversity and inclusion, technology apps for the courtroom, cyberinsurance, cannabis law, and mediation.

On Thursday evening, attendees enjoyed a gala evening at the iconic Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. The views were amazing from the top of 30 Rock where TIPS members and guests enjoyed socializing with old friends and making some new friends, too. At the Women’s Networking Luncheon on Friday afternoon, Melanie D. Margolin gave a motivating speech on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

When not in business meetings or attending the CLEs, TIPS members enjoyed walking the streets of New York City, shopping, and spending a night at the theater. In sum, it was a great meeting with interesting CLE programs and ample opportunities for networking. If you were not able to travel to New York City for the 2019 Section Conference, plan now to join your TIPS colleagues for the 2020 Section Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, which will begin April 29, 2020.

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By Briana M. Montminy

Briana M. Montminy is a partner with Burr & Forman LLP in the firm’s Nashville, Tennessee, office, and is the immediate past chair of the TortSource editorial board. She may be reached at [email protected].