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Illinois native Carole D. Smith to receive TIPS award for excellence in trial and insurance law


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Illinois native Carole D. Smith to receive TIPS award for excellence in trial and insurance law

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, May 1, 2014 — The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Carole D. Smith of Winnetka, Ill., with its Kirsten Christophe Memorial Award for Excellence in Trial and Insurance Law. The award recognizes TIPS members who demonstrate expertise in an area of trial practice or insurance law and personify the exemplary attributes of its namesake, a former TIPS council member who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and who excelled in balancing career, profession and family in life and practice.

Smith will receive the award on Friday, May 16, during the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting’s Leadership in Action Luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida.

“When TIPS council member and new mother Kirsten Christophe perished on Sept. 11, 2001, the section decided to honor her by recognizing accomplished TIPS leaders for the valuable family time they sacrifice while serving TIPS members,” section Chair Eugene G. Beckham said. “Carole Smith has been a productive and dedicated TIPS leader for many years. Her service on the TIPS Council, as chair of the Book Publishing Board and in support of our publications generally has enabled TIPS to fulfill its fundamental responsibility to educate the legal profession, while creating leadership and networking opportunities for members. Her career as a legal editor is an outstanding example of the strength that TIPS gains from the practice diversity of our members, and her ability to balance family responsibilities with service to TIPS is inspiring. On behalf of the TIPS Council, and a grateful section, I am proud to recognize Carole Smith as this year’s recipient of the Kirsten Christophe Memorial Award for Excellence in Trial and Insurance Law.”

Smith has been a member of TIPS since 1990, and her involvement with the section is long and varied. Her service includes roles as staff editor for various TIPS periodicals, an editorial board member for The Brief, editor in chief of The Brief, chair of the Book Publishing Board, ABA Journal liaison and a member of the Communications Coordinating Group, Emerging Issues Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Financial Committee, Diversity in the Profession Committee and Council. Smith is also an ABA and TIPS fellow.

Outside the ABA, Smith worked in the legal publishing field from 1995 to 2001 at Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, West Group and CCH Inc. She is currently working on a biography of a 19th-century woman who was very involved in the history of Chicago and Utah. She previously wrote an essay about the woman for “Women Building Chicago: 1790 to 1990,” a reference tome published by the Indiana University Press.

Smith also serves her local community, particularly through her involvement with the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District. She was elected to the board of trustees in April 2003 and re-elected in 2007, and she served as president of the Library Board from 2005-2008.

Smith earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College of Harvard University in 1968 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and more than 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.

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