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July 19, 2012

TIPS to Honor Professor Laurence M. Rose with Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award

Laurence “Lonny” Marc Rose

Laurence “Lonny” Marc Rose

The _ Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor Laurence “Lonny” Marc Rose of Coral Gables, Fla., with the Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award, which was created to honor lawyers committed to advancing justice, scholarship and the legal profession, as demonstrated by their contributions to the fields of tort and insurance law.

The award will be presented to Rose at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the section’s James K. Carroll Leadership and Awards Dinner of the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting.

Rose is a professor of law emeritus and director of the Litigation Skills Program at the University of Miami, where he previously served as vice dean of the law school. He also teaches Litigation Skills I and II.

“We are honored to present Professor Rose with this award for his distinguished lifetime contributions to the education of lawyers regarding trial skills, notably through the University of Miami School of Law’s renowned Litigation Skills Program and at the University of Kansas School of Law,” said TIPS Chair Randy Aliment of Seattle.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1969 and a law degree in 1972 from New York University School of Law, where he was business editor of the New York University Law Review.

Rose served as law clerk to Chief Judge James S. Holden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont in 1972-73 and then entered into private practice until 1976. From 1976-90, Rose served on the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Law. Rose was associate director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy from 1986-92, executive director from 1999-2006 and president/CEO from 2007-10.

“Professor Rose encourages busy attorneys and judges to give back to legal education by sharing their knowledge,” said David L. Deehl, Florida Bar board-certified civil trial and business litigation lawyer, former chair of the Section’s Trial Techniques Committee, and member of Section Council. “He has the unique ability to create a team approach to teaching trial skills, with lectures, interactive demonstrations and trial simulations, in addition to an infectious enthusiasm for the mission of improving the justice system. He makes teaching trial skills enjoyable for all, which is not an easy task, and has the vision and organizational skills to bring the various constituencies together to make programs successful.”

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.