President’s Message

By Sheri Pastor, McCarter & English, LLP

Dear Fellows:

Happy Fall.

It is hard to believe it is already October. Although the first half of 2020 seemed to pass slowly, the second half is flying by. Our Eighth Annual Meeting was a a great event that we will not soon forget. Many thanks to Angela Elbert, Robert Kole, John Bonnie, and Spence Taylor for developing such outstanding CLE programing. Props to our Executive Director Carol Montoya and Account Director Pearl Ford-Fyffe for making this virtual event so easily accessible to even our most technologically-challenged fellows. Special thanks to our sponsors, KCIC and Jeff Kichaven, for their support, entertaining video messages, and virtual networking events. We look forward to returning to Chicago for our Ninth Annual Meeting on May 12-14, 2021, at the InterContinental Chicago. If you are interested in proposing a panel for that meeting, the due date is October 30, 2020.

Even though we cannot be together and in-person for this year’s events, it has been heartening to see how our organization adapted and our Committees have stepped up to offer professional comradery and valuable thought leadership. Heather Sanderson and Robert Allen, co-chairs of the Extracontractual and Bad Faith Claims Litigation Committee, recently hosted a well-attended committee planning call, the upshot of which is that their committee will be holding quarterly pop-up calls starting in October. For those with other pop-up call suggestions, please reach out to Debra Varner and Meghan McGruder who are overseeing pop-up call content and development. 

Please consider becoming more involved in our Committees, if you have not already done so. With so many Committees, there is sure to be one (if not more) suited to your interests and practice. Even the most seasoned can benefit, for example, from involvement in the Emerging Risk Committee. Co-Chairs Mary Borja, Angela Elbert and Chris Mosley are staying, and keeping their members, abreast of new coverages and new exposures where coverage is sought under traditional policies. You can find details on the website regarding the various committees: 

ADR Committee 

Annual Meeting 


Communications Committee

Cyber Insurance & Computer Crime 

D&O and Management Liability 

Emerging Risk

Extracontractual & Bad-Faith Claims

First Party

Insurance Law Symposium



Pop-up Calls

Professionalism & Ethics Committee

Professional Liability

Regional Meetings

Enjoy the change of season and fall foliage. 

I look forward to seeing you soon.