The ALI’s Restatement of Law, Liability Insurance

The American Law Institute adopted its Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance in May 2018 after years of study, debate and controversy. Its journey, however, continues as lawyers and courts consider whether to utilize and perhaps adopt Restatement positions, and opponents continue lobbying state legislatures, regulators and courts to ignore it. This conference will bring together academics and practicing lawyers who have worked on the Restatement to discuss and debate these issues. The Conference continues on Friday, April 12 at Rutgers Law School, Camden New Jersey. Click here for more information.

Panel topics will include the Plain Meaning Rule and the use of extrinsic evidence in coverage disputes, the duty to make reasonable settlement decisions, and insurer liability for actions of appointed defense counsel. Professor Tom Baker, a preeminent scholar in insurance law and one of two ALI Reporters for the Restatement, will lead an interactive lunch session on how the Restatement would apply to a hypothetical claim scenario.

The Conference Agenda is provided below. Please RSVP by April 3rd, 2019. The conference registration fee is $60 for practitioners and other guests, waived for students, faculty and staff.


8:00 am: Continental Breakfast

8:45 am: Opening Remarks

9:00 am: The Restatement of Law Liability Insurance: Process and Politics

Professor Jay Feinman (Rutgers Law School)

9: 30 am: Panel 1: Professional Responsibility & the RLLI

Professor Leslie Levin (UConn Law School)

Adjunct Professor Mark Dubois,

Attorney Philip Newbury (Howd & Ludorf)

Moderator: Professor Brendan Maher (UConn Law School)

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Panel 2: Plain Meaning and Ambiguity in Insurance Contracts

Attorney Laura Foggan (Crowell & Moring)

Attorney John Buchanan (Covington & Burling)

Attorney Ray DeMeo (Robinson & Cole)

Moderator: Professor Patricia McCoy (Boston College Law School)

12:00 pm: Lunch – Presentation by Professor Tom Baker: Professor Baker will discuss how the RLLI would apply to a hypothetical claim.

1:30 pm: Panel 3: Duty to Make Reasonable Settlement Decisions

Professor Jeff Stempel (UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law)

Attorney Theresa Guertin (Saxe Doernberger & Vita)

Attorney Matthew Shiroma (Day Pitney)

Moderator: Professor Adam Scales (Rutgers Law School)

2:45: Break

3:00: Panel 4: The Restatement in Context

Professor Jill Anderson (UConn Law School)

Professor James Davey (Southampton University Law School, UK)

Professor Qihao He (China University of Political Science and Law)

Commentator: Dean Aviva Abramovsky (University at Buffalo School of Law)

Moderator: Professor Peter Kochenburger (UConn Law School)

4:30 pm Concluding Remarks, followed by

Ice Cream Social – UConn Dairy Bar with cordials

Eligible for Connecticut and New York CLE Credits