While Colorado may be situated at a safe distance as Hurricane Irene makes her away along the east coast, we’re not immune to potentially crippling disasters. Just this week, the strongest earthquake in forty years shook the state. Having a business plan to counter the sudden and often unforeseen effects of such disasters is essential for all legal professionals. Just because nothing catastrophic has happened to your practice before doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan ahead now. It’s easy to do and, as they say, better safe than sorry.
Beginning September 6th, 2011, the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will introduce a series of programs dedicated to Disaster Preparedness and Response. This series will address issues arising out of disasters caused by foreign and domestic acts of terrorism, by negligent acts, by natural events, and by threats to our cyber-security. The programs will also confront the issues of preparedness, risk management, recovery and response, liability, insurance, claims, and litigation.
- The Call: Aviation Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response – September 6
- This distinguished panel will provide an industry insider’s view on how the various industry sectors prepare for, and respond to, an aviation disaster.
- Ten Years Later: Mass Disaster Spawns Canine Heroes – September 7
- With the growing number and types of disasters, humans have found that our canine companions have capabilities that we lack and which provide important tools for us in addressing disasters.
- September 11th, Ten Years Later: Where Are We In the Handling of Mass Claims Within the Legal System? – September 8
- Lessons learned from September 11, 2001 and where the legal system is 10 years later in the administration of justice caused by mass disasters.
- The World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and Clean-Up Mass Litigation – September 9
- Lessons learned by the lawyers who were the key litigators in this unique complex case
- Disaster Preparedness-Disaster Recovery – September 12
- Implementing a disaster plan in case the worst happens.
- International Approaches to Disaster Preparedness and Response Program – September 13
- The essential elements of what public agencies and large companies must do to prepare to meet the legal and practical issues that will arise when disaster strikes.
- Changes in Insurance Underwriting and Claims Handling Since September 11th – September 14
- This session is divided into two panels, one looking at the insurance and reinsurance markets, and the second looking at liability insurance issues in the power and nuclear insurance industry.
- The Silverstein Properties Trial and the Issue of Contract Certainty in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001 – September 15
- This program will address the practices implemented by insurers, regulators and brokers for when disaster strikes and an insurance policy has not yet been issued.
- September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks: Duties of Corporate Directors and Officers in the Preparation and Execution of Disaster Avoidance and Recovery – September 16
- This program will address the roles and responsibilities that corporate directors and officers have in disaster preparedness and recovery plans.
- Employment Issues When Disaster Strikes – September 19
- This panel will provide an experts’ view of the myriad of employment issues which occur when disaster strikes.
The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association is the home for emerging issues and technologies in tort, trial, and insurance law.