In response to the global catastrophic events of the past decade – including the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, 2011 Japan earthquake and nuclear meltdown and cyber-terrorism – The American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), in partnership with Thomson Reuters, announced the launch of a year-long (2011-2012) series of programs dedicated to disaster preparedness and response.

The series will confront the issues of preparedness, risk management, recovery, liability, insurance, claims and litigation. The official launch of the disaster series will be on September 6, 2011, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. In addition to several high-profile speakers, the disaster series will include a ten-part series of podcasts and four  conferences in Seattle; Charleston, S.C.; New Orleans; and Chicago, featuring legislative, judicial and business leaders to address disaster readiness and response.

In the pilot podcast, “Disaster Response Awareness: What the ABA is Doing,” you’ll hear from ABA President Steve Zack and TIPS Chair-Elect Randy J. Aliment. Listen in to learn from Steve why the ABA selected disaster preparedness as a main goal and which disasters can affect the organization. Randy will speak about his collaboration with Steve and the TIPS initiative. You can also learn more about an essay competition involving law schools and law students.

For more information or to register for the series, check out the ABA TIPS blog or the West LegalEdcenter website. And stay tuned to Legal Current for more coverage of this series including interviews with some of the key presenters.

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