NATA’s mission is consistent with the Constitution’s promise of justice for all. Racism is a direct attack on that promise. Our mission does not allow us to remain silent while members of our communities are subjected to hate and violence. NATA joins all others who mourn the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd. NATA stands with the community members who confront discrimination and police brutality to speak with one voice for justice, equality and inclusion for all.
As NATA strives to further its mission, we will continue planning with an eye toward diversity and inclusion. To accomplish this goal, we are asking for your help. Consider inviting potential members to a meeting or seminar. Please advise regarding helpful legislation. Please advise regarding seminar topics and speakers. Please share with us any other thoughts and ideas that will help us accomplish this goal. It is our hope these efforts effect positive change and put all of us in a stronger position in the future.
As many of you know, the Summer Meeting in Okoboji was cancelled due to Covid. Our Summer Meeting is typically attended and made possible by our faithful sponsors, Summit Structured Settlements, The Centers, and Minnesota Lawyers Mutual. Given our inability to come together and personally thank them in Okoboji, I want to take this opportunity to recognize each of them for their sponsorship support of NATA’s events, seminars, and services.
Summit has been a generous supporter since 2012. In the past three (3) years alone, Summit has given NATA over $55,000 in sponsorships. Summit works directly with claimants’ attorneys to help secure the financial futures of their clients. I have personally used Summit on several cases involving minors to structure funding for college and college-related expenses. In all such cases, Summit has provided all the necessary paperwork to allow for proper and efficient court-approval. Summit also provides structure vehicles for clients seeking to ensure a continuous revenue stream for future needs, and even provides a vehicle for attorneys to structure fees. I, along with many other NATA members, have always found Summit to be extremely professional while providing an excellent, cost-effective service. To learn how a structure might help your clients, please visit www.summitsettlements.com, or call Chris or Stan Harlan at 515-254-1000.
The Centers, recently renamed Global Litigation Consultants, has been a generous supporter since 2012, and has given over $50,000 in sponsorship support. It is a nationally-recognized organization dedicated to helping civil trial lawyers and their clients with multiple services, including Medicare Set Aside preparation and administration, Special Needs Trusts, benefit protection, lien resolution, and litigation support, including medical record retrieval and summary. I have personally consulted with The Centers, now known as Global Litigation Consultants, countless times over the past several years, and in all such occasions, have found them competent, cost-effective and professional. If you have ever been fortunate enough to see Vice-President, Todd Belisle, speak at one of our seminars, you know what kind of energy and passion he brings to the table. To learn how Global Litigation Consultants might help your firm and/or your client, please visit https://globallitigationconsultants.com/ or call Todd Belisle at 877-766-5331.
MLM has been a generous supporter since 2000. MLM has given over $90,000 in sponsorship support. My firm has been insured with MLM since 2007. Regional sales director, Clayton Jones, is well-known to many of us, having spent much of his life helping lawyers with various practice-related services. Every year around renewal time, Clayton comes to my office, joins me for a cup of coffee, and thoroughly explains our policy, any premium adjustment, dividend payment, and answers all policy-related questions. To learn how MLM might help your law firm, please visit www.mlmins.com, or call Clayton Jones at 800-422-1370.
Please allow me to take a minute to apprise you of NATA’s upcoming events:
1. NATA Board and NATA PAC Trustee Meeting, Thursday, September 24, 2020, at the Scott Conference Center, Omaha, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
2. NATA Annual Membership Dinner, Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Happy Hollow Club. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Given our inability to get together in person for much of the year, it is my sincere hope many of you will consider attending the dinner; and
3. NATA 2020 Annual Meeting & Fall Seminar, “Lessons from Counsel’s Table: Trial Stories to Prepare You for your Next Courtroom Experience,” Friday, September 25, 2020 at Scott Conference Center, Omaha. At this time, we intend to provide attendees with the option of attending live or by remote video and audio conferencing.
Thank you, all, for your continued contributions to NATA. I hope to see you soon.