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ABA meeting to feature Florida Supreme Court justice, program on legal issues relating to tourism


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ABA meeting to feature Florida Supreme Court justice, program on legal issues relating to tourism

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, May 2, 2014 — Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince will give the keynote address during a luncheon on Friday, May 16, at the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s 2014 Spring Leadership Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.

2014 Spring Leadership Meeting
Sponsored by the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

May 14-18

Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E. Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Recognizing that tourism is Florida’s No. 1 industry, well-known local lawyers will participate in a Friday morning session on the legal issues unique to the resort, tourism and cruise line industries, including the types of cases that arise, case trends and how lawyers can approach these cases. One of the panelists is lawyer Christian D. Searcy, who on Thursday will receive the TIPS Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all.

A Thursday afternoon diversity program, “A View from the Trenches,” will highlight the advances made within the Florida legal system and feature an interactive discussion with panelists including Judge Marcia Cooke of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Rand Hoch, president and founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, and James Kracht of the American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys.

During Friday’s luncheon, TIPS will also honor section member Carole D. Smith with its Kirsten Christophe Memorial Award for Excellence in Trial and Insurance Law in recognition of her expertise in the area and her exemplary attributes in balancing career, profession and family in life and practice.

A complete agenda for the meeting can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Emily Ortman at

The ABA Tort Trial and 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 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.

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