The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty of the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut School of Law:
Professor Peter Kochenburger and Adjunct Professor Thomas O. Farrish '05 spoke on Oct. 28, 2015 at the Insurance Law and Claims Conference at the Hilton Hartford on "The Intersection of Claim Handling and Ethics." The aim of the conference was to update insurance executives, in-house counsel and outside counsel in the Northeast on crucial new authority affecting claims handling, coverage decisions and extra-contractual exposure.
Professors Bethany Berger and Brendan Maher contributed to separate amicus briefs supporting the Mississippi Choctaw tribe in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dollar General v. Mississippi Choctaw, which concerns the jurisdiction of Indian tribal courts over civil claims against non-members. Professor Berger joined six other historians and legal scholars in a brief arguing that federal law has recognized such tribal power throughout American history. Professor Maher contributed to a brief filed for Mississippi and five other states that are home to large Indian tribes. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case Dec. 7.
Professor Peter Kochenburger spoke at the Inaugural Conference of the Taiwan Insurance Law Association, held in Taipei on Oct. 22-23, 2015. UConn Insurance Law LL.M. graduate Derek Lee helped organize the conference. Professor Pierpaolo Marano, who co-teaches the Comparative Insurance Regulation Course, also spoke. Kochenburger’s primary presentation was titled Big Data, Insurance and Consumer Protection: Emerging Risks and Benefits.
Professor Brendan S. Maher moderated a panel on Behavioral Health Management at The Forum on Healthcare Innovation at the UConn Health Center on Oct. 15, 2015. The panel addressed the management of behavioral health conditions such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety and anorexia.
Professor Alexandra Lahav’s work was cited in a 9th Circuit opinion released Aug. 6, 2015 in Briggs v. Merck Sharp & Dohme: "A bellwether trial is a test case that is typically used to facilitate settlement in similar cases by demonstrating the likely value of a claim or by aiding in predicting the outcome of tricky questions of causation or liability. See Alexandra D. Lahav, Bellwether Trials, 76 Geo. Wash. L.Rev. 576, 577–78 (2008)."