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July 14, 2021 What's New at TIPS

TIPS Virtual Midyear Meeting February 17–19, 2021

By Gail Vaughn Ashworth

TIPS continued the successful virtual meeting experience with the 2021 ABA Virtual Midyear Meeting February 17–19, 2021. The virtual format worked particularly well for the business meetings and allowed for increased attendance at many of the meetings, especially for members with overlapping meetings. While we all hope and are planning to be physically together in 2021, the important work and business of the Section continues in the virtual format as we all improve our multi-device Zoom skills and Zoom backgrounds. Many of our Standing Committees, Task Forces, General Committees, Publication Boards, Fellows, and Council met during the Midyear Meeting, advancing the work of the Section and planning for the coming year, as well as the next year. The expansion of virtual networking events and activities continued as TIPSters enjoyed the lively and very entertaining comedy of Chris Strait during the traditional Networking Reception timeslot on Wednesday afternoon of the meeting. The importance of sharing some lighthearted time with our colleagues was highlighted during this event, and we certainly appreciated the opportunity to laugh and enjoy this entertainment together.

As we move forward from the virtual-by-necessity 2021 Midyear Meeting, we continue to focus on TIPS’ long-term commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession, delivery of excellent CLE, practice-specific professional growth opportunities, and working to motivate and connect Committees and Members as we address the challenges we all face in today’s world.

Thanks to our multi-talented TIPS staff led by Theresa Livingston for their many hours of preparation and execution of another successful virtual meeting. Also thanks to our wonderful sponsors and again to all who participated in the important work of the Section at the Midyear Meeting.

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By Gail Vaughn Ashworth

Gail Vaughn Ashworth is a founding member of Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC in Nashville, Tennessee, with a litigation and dispute resolution practice. She is a TIPS Council member, a TIPS Fellow, and serves on the Leadership Academy Task Force and Tortsource.