President’s Message

By Sheri Pastor, McCarter & English, LLP

Dear Fellows:

As the holidays approach, finding special, meaningful—if not perfect—gifts becomes a priority. After all, as Pablo Picasso reminded, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

ACCC members, like immediate past president Michael Aylward, excel at gift giving. When pandemic-related coverage litigation started, Mike spearheaded efforts to provide information on emerging issues that might shape its development. He assembled ACCC lawyers and law school faculty to present at Boston College Law School in July, and University of California at Hastings College of Law in November. He is organizing Seton Hall School of Law’s January 14, 2020 webinar. 

Hundreds registered and attended these complimentary programs, including students, alumni, outside counsel, in-house lawyers, insurance claims executives and other business representatives. As Boston College law professor Patricia McCoy aptly observed: “Everyone has high stakes in the pandemic coverage cases: from small businesses trying to stay afloat to the difficulties to insurers of covering correlated risks. The resulting precedents will reverberate through insurance law for years to come.”

According to Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Many thanks to Mike and all involved for the valuable gifts to our ACCC fellows and the law school and business communities you have helped educate. 

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!