The American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), established in 2012, is the preeminent association of U.S. and Canadian lawyers who represent the interests of insurers and policyholders. The ACCC’s mission is to advance the creative, ethical, and efficient adjudication of insurance coverage and extracontractual disputes; to enhance the civility and quality of the practice of insurance law; to provide peer-reviewed scholarship; and to improve of the relationship between and among the members of our profession. View the full mission statement.

2021 Insurance Law Writing Competition

The American College of Coverage Counsel is pleased to again sponsor its annual writing competition for students of insurance law. The competition, which is intended to measure the analytic and writing skills of law students studying insurance, comes with a cash prize and the opportunity to attend the ACCC’s Annual Meeting in Chicago in September 2021.

This year’s writing competition asks students to choose a client from the parties in a case involving claims of sexual harassment and abuse, as well as negligent hiring, training, and supervision practices. Students may submit a response as part of a team or as individuals. Submissions will be judged on the creativity of their proposed solutions and the quality of the writing and analysis.

Three winners will be selected by a panel of ACCC Fellows. The winners will received a cash prize and an invitation to attend the College’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, September 22-24, with a travel stipend. This will present a wonderful opportunity for these students to meet and network with some of the top insurance lawyers in the United States. Indeed, prior competition winners were third-year students who are now practicing at excellent coverage firms around the country.

The competition materials can be downloaded here. If you have trouble downloading the file, contact Carol Montoya at [email protected].

We request that you inform students of this competition and encourage them to participate. If they plan to participate, they should notify us of their intention to do so by sending an email to [email protected] no later than March 15, 2021, although final submissions are not due until April 16, 2021.

2021 Annual Meeting Call for Speakers

The American College of Coverage Counsel is seeking panel proposals for the 2021 Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for September 22-24, 2021, at the InterContinental Chicago, Chicago, IL. There will be an evening cocktail reception on Wednesday, Sept. 22, with panel sessions occurring all day Thursday, Sept. 23, and the morning of Friday, Sept. 24.

We are optimistic that the 2021 Meeting will be conducted in person, and information about group hotel rates and reservations will be provided in the future. If the current health situation prevents us from meeting in person, the current plan is for a virtual meeting to proceed over the same time period.

Regardless of the meeting platform, we are looking for instructive and informative panel proposals on varied topics for the 2021 Meeting, which may include (but do not need to be limited to) recent developments and/or trends in first and third party coverage matters (including extracontractual exposures), practical pre-trial and trial tips and techniques in coverage cases, and the navigation of ethical issues in a coverage practice.

The College had several presentations on COVID-19 related coverage issues at its 2020 Annual Meeting and several webinars. If you propose a panel on this topic, different or distinct perspectives on the topic are encouraged.

Panels must be diverse and evenly balanced from the standpoint of 1) presenter coverage practice (both policyholder and carrier), 2) gender, and 3) race/national origin/ethnicity. Only Fellows of the College may be speakers, with the exception of judges or professors. Proposals which identify a full slate of presenters by name and revealing the required expectation of diversity are requested, although we can assist as necessary in filling speaker vacancies.

If a panel proposal is selected, the panel will be required to submit a paper addressing the subject matter of the presentation in order to qualify the program for CLE credit.

Click here to submit a panel proposal.