President’s Message

Dear ACCC Fellows:

Only two months until our 7th Annual Meeting, May 8 through 10 in Chicago. The Annual Meeting Committee—Linda Bondi MorrisonJim CooperAngela Elbert, and Rob Kole, with the assistance of Secretary-Treasurer Sheri Pastor and Executive Director Carol Montoya—have located a new and exciting venue, the historic and newly refurbished Chicago Athletic Association. Our sources tell us that the facilities are splendid and the food terrific. 

The Committee has organized a program covering a wide range of cutting-edge topics, from “Emerging Liability and Coverage Issues from the #MeToo Movement” to “Alexa- Do I Have Coverage?” You will also have the opportunity to tour the building and learn about its history. In addition to the panels, which we know from experience will be of the highest quality, we will have the opportunity to catch up with our Fellows from around the U.S. and Canada. Michael Aylward and Sheri Pastor will be installed as President and Vice President, along with the new Secretary-Treasurer. We will also introduce the winners of our Law School Essay Competition.

Our strategic planning efforts continue, led by Mike Aylward. We continue to focus on committee engagement and raising the profile of the coverage. More to come!

Troy FrodermanMike Huddleston, and Neil Rambin are collaborating with the American College of Environmental Lawyers (AECOL) to explore ways that the two colleges can address topics of joint interest and educate a wider audience on environmental and insurance coverage law issues. The first step will be a joint panel at our next Law School Symposium, scheduled for November 1, 2019 at Nova Southeastern University in southern Florida. In addition to the joint panel with AECOL, the seminar will focus on “bad faith”. I am told that bad faith in Florida is a unique animal, like no other state in the country. Come find out how to protect your insurer clients, or stretch the boundaries for your policyholder clients.

Take advantage of our technology capabilities: You should have received the request for links to your personal or firm insurance blog. Please respond. We want to provide our Fellows easy access to the updates and insights from other Fellows. And we are now capable of hosting webinars. Let us know if you would like to present one.

We continue to grow! We now have 301 Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and Judicial Fellows. As always, we are looking for highly-regarded Fellows who meet our membership criteria, particularly women and ethnically diverse attorneys, and policyholder attorneys. Please provide any suggestions to the Membership Committee at [email protected].

Mary McCutcheon