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ACCC 2023 Insurance Law Symposium
Friday, October 20, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EDT
Category: Presented by ACCC

2023 Insurance Law Symposium

Friday, October 20, 2023 from 9:00 am to 4:30 PM ET

UPenn Carey Law School Logo

Golkin Hall,
 Fitts Auditorium
Philadelphia, PA
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Please Note: This event is in-person only and is open to all attorneys, law faculty and students, not just ACCC Fellows. CLE will be offered.*

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Speakers' Welcome Dinner Sponsor        Reception Sponsor        Event Sponsor
Schulwolf Mediation Logo   Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation   Stout

Interested in sponsoring this event?
Press here to learn about the sponsorship opportunities currently available. 

Overnight accommodations are available at a discounted rate for ACCC symposium attendees at:
The Sheraton University City
3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
$199 +tax per night
Rate Cut-off Date: September 26, 2023
This rate includes: 
  • $25/day discounted Parking
  • Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet in all guestrooms and public areas
  • Complimentary 24-hour Fitness Center access and outdoor, seasonal pool
  • 100% Smoke-Free Environment

To make room reservations online, click here or call 1-888-627-7071
Reserve rooms before Tuesday, September 26, 2023 to take advantage of this rate.
** Note: Neither ACCC staff nor the hotel will contact you to make room reservations.**

AGENDA (Subject to change based on speaker availability)

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Optional Event
6:00 - 8:30 pm Speaker's Welcome Dinner, Sponsored by Schulwolf Mediation 
For Symposium Speakers, Out of Town Attendees, Planning Committee & ACCC Board of Regents members. 
White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Includes a Prix Fixe Menu of 3 courses with soup or salad, entrée & dessert,
plus non-alcoholic beverages; coffee, hot tea, iced tea or soda.

A cash bar will also be available for separate purchases of wine, beer or mixed drinks.
$100.00 per person, pre-paid registration required by no later than October 12, 2023.
Look for this additional option in the symposium registration form. 

Friday, October 20, 2023

ACCC Insurance Law Symposium
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Golkin Hall, Fitts Auditorium 

8:15 am     Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am     Welcome & Introductions

  • Debra T. Varner, Varner & Van Volkenburg, PLLC
  • Professor Tom Baker, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Michael Hamilton, Goldberg Segalla
  • Joann Lytle, McCarter & English

9:15 am     The Sky Did Not Fall―But The Jury Is Still Out . . . . 
                    The Influence of the Restatements in the Courts and State Legislatures

What has been the influence of the ALI’s Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance in the four years since it was published, in 2019? Has it had influence in the courts and state legislatures? If so, what has the influence been, and how has the Restatement been received? Is the history of its drafting important today? While the ALI does not have another insurance Restatement in the works, it has been addressing select other insurance issues. The most prominent example is Section 20A of the ALI’s emerging Restatement of the Law (Third), Torts which addresses first-party insurance bad faith. What issues might Section 20A present for coverage counsel and their clients in the future? The panel will address these questions and related issues from the perspectives of policyholder counsel and insurance company counsel.

  • Samuel J. Arena Jr., Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP (Moderator)
  • Laura Foggan, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Lorelie Masters, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

10:20 am    Intersection of Bankruptcy and Insurance

Exploration of the opioid litigation, Boy Scouts litigation, and other high exposure cases leading to bankruptcy. Who picks up the cost? Who has control? Who makes the calls?

  • Professor David Skeel, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Chairman, Financial Management & Oversight Board of Puerto Rico (Moderator)
  • Blair Dancy, Cain & Skarnulis PLLC
  • Seth Lamden, Blank Rome LLP

11:35 am    PFAS

Will the “Forever Chemical” result in “forever litigation”? Panelists will discuss the impact of the 3M Settlement.

  • Michael A. Hamilton, Goldberg Segalla
  • John T. Harding, Sulloway & Hollis
  • Joann M. Lytle, McCarter & English

12:35 pm    Grab & Go Lunch (Student Union)

12:40 pm     Student Presentation - 
Insurance Coverage: Why it should be called Torts II

In Torts, law students learn how one party can hold another liable for injury. But where does the money come from to pay the judgment? Often, insurance companies. Hear from an insurance coverage practitioner, and Temple University Beasley School of Law adjunct professor, why insurance coverage is the next chapter in the Torts story.    

  • Randy Maniloff, White and Williams LLP

1:15 pm     Window Opening Statutes

Also known as lookback window statutes, Window Opening Statutes, are statutes that open, repeal, or extend a tort action statute of limitations). The panel will discuss their effect on insurance coverage disputes involving coverage for the underlying tort actions. For example, last year, President Biden signed a bill that eliminated the statute of limitations for people who were sexually abused as minors to file federal civil claims. State legislatures have passed similar laws that repeal or extend the statute of limitations for such claims. In 2019, New York State passed a “lookback window” statute, the Child Victims Act, that extended the statute of limitations for survivors of child sexual abuse in criminal and civil cases.

  • Tim Burns, Burns Bair LLP
  • Dan D. Kohane, Hurwitz & Fine
  • Laura HansonMeagher + Geer, P.L.L.P (Moderator)

2:25 pm     ESG and D&O

Is ESG (environmental, social and governance) the next wave of liability for directors and officers? If so, what does it look like? How can companies address ESG to prevent the wave?

  • Doug Richmond, Aon Professional Services (Moderator)
  • Lisa M. Campisi, Blank Rome LLP
  • Ronald P. Schiller, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

3:25 pm     Wrap Up & Closing Remarks

  • Debra T. Varner, Varner & Van Volkenburg, PLLC

3:30 pm     Networking Reception (Student Union)

Symposium Registration Rates (Does not include CLE registration*)

  • ACCC Fellows: $175
  • Non-Fellow Attorneys: $200
  • Penn Carey Law Alumni: $125
  • Young Attorneys (less than 5 years in practice) FREE to the first 30 registrants.
  • All Law School Faculty & Students: FREE (Advance registration is required)

Symposium Registration Deadline 
The final registration deadline is Thursday, October 12, 2023. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be aware that you will be required to present identification at the security desk when entering the building at UPenn. Advise the guard you are attending the ACCC Insurance Law Symposium. 

Cancellation Policy
If a cancellation is received by 5:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, October 5, 2023, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be issued. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received past this date.


If you wish to receive CLE credit for attending this year's symposium, a separate registration is required with the University of Pennsylvania. Please see the information provided below for details.

This program has been approved for a total of 5.0 (4.0 Substantive and 1.0 Ethics) CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. Attendees seeking CLE credit can make a payment via cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania on the day of the event or prior to the event via the online registration link in the amount of $100.00 ($50.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, attorneys must pre-register and pay for CLE credit prior to the event or on the day of the event at the registration table. Attorneys must also complete and return the evaluation form.

Penn Carey Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.

CLE Fees: (Does not include symposium or welcome dinner registration.)

  1. Event Attendee (No CLE): $0.00
  2. CLE Attendee (General): $100.00
  3. CLE Attendee (Public Interest Attorney): $50.00
  4. CLE Attendee (University Faculty & Staff): $50.00
  5. CLE Attendee (Penn Carey Law Alumni, Faculty, & Staff): $0.00

Please note all ACCC members and event speakers must register and pay for CLE credit under the ticket type they qualify for (General, PI, University, etc.)

For any attorneys outside PA or DE (UPenn will report these attorneys’ credits), the attorney will receive a CLE Attendance Certificate in which they can use to apply for credit within their own jurisdiction. If an attorney needs additional paperwork, they may contact [email protected] after completion of the event.