by Darrion Walker

The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) is focused on serving those in tort and insurance law by bringing together lawyers from diverse backgrounds and practices, providing leadership opportunities, and by inspiring professional excellence to improve the civil justice system.

One way TIPS fulfills its mission – particularly with respect to providing leadership and inspiring professional excellence – is by encouraging law student ABA members to take active leadership roles in helping TIPS achieve its mission. I attended my first TIPS meeting earlier this month in Minneapolis, Minnesota (to which TIPS covered my travel, hotel, and meal expenses). While there, through the TIPS Diversity Committee, I got involved with planning education awareness and outreach initiatives that pair students from middle schools and high schools with mentors in the legal profession in an effort to create a pipeline for young students to eventually attend law school and enter the legal profession.

Outside of the strategic planning sessions I attended, I not only had time to explore Minneapolis’s history and aesthetic beauty, but I attended the TIPS sponsored cocktail receptions, happy hours, and dinner receptions on site– where the food, drinks and live music flowed freely.

For law students looking to get involved on a more national level and have fun while doing it, I highly recommend joining the ABA, particularly the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. Through TIPS, I am not only building a network, but I am building a support system and a home. Not only does it look great on a resume, it more importantly connects you with a network that will remain with you throughout your legal journey.

More information about the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section can be found at: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/tort_trial_insurance_practice.html; General American Bar Association (ABA) website: http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html.