1.          The Fall 2017 Symposium

The Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut School of Law and Renmin Law School will present the Fourth Annual China – U.S. Insurance Law Conference, Retirement Security, Pensions and Insurance, on Friday, October 17, 2017 at UConn School of Law.


9:00                             Opening Remarks by Comptroller Kevin Lembo

10:00 – 11:15:  Panel 1: Annuities & Retirement Planning  

  • Moderator: Walter Welsh, Adjunct Professor of Law, UConn Law School
  • Jeyaraj Vadiveloo, Professor in Residence, Director of UConn’s Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Center for Actuarial Research, Department of Mathematics
  • Jiatian Xu, Ph.D. Candidate in Actuarial Science, UConn
  • Professor Jianfei Li, Renmin University Law School
  • Professor Brenda Cude, University of Georgia

11:30 – 12:45  Panel 2:  Private & Public Pensions – Stability and Guaranty Funds

  • Moderator:  Brendan Maher, Director of the Insurance Law Center and Connecticut Mutual Professor of Law
  • Jun Yao, Chief Legal Counsel at Ping An Insurance (Group) Company
  • Professor Ning Ma, Northwest University of Politics and Law, and 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar at UConn Law School
  • William Goddard, Partner, Day Pitney LLC and Adjunct Professor of Law, UConn Law School
  • James Regalbuto Deputy Superintendent for Life Insurance at the New York Department of Financial Services

1:45 – 3:00  Panel 3:   Longevity Risk

2.          Symposium on Healthcare Reform (past)

The Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, in conjunction with the Connecticut Insurance Law Center and the Connecticut Law Review, will be hosting the Healthcare Reform in the United States: Legal Implications and Policy Considerations symposium on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12, 2011.


  • Tax and Economic Policy
  • Comparative Healthcare Law
  • State Implementation of Federal Healthcare Reform
  • Constitutionality
  • Race and Gender Disparity in Access to Healthcare
  • Implications on Veterans’ Healthcare Following Reform

For additional information please consult the official website here.  To RSVP use the form located here.

3.          The Spring 2016 Symposium (Past)

Fifth Annual National Benefits & Social Insurance Conference

 When: Friday April 15, 2016
 Where: Thomas J. Meskill Law Library, UConn Law, Hartford, CT

UConn School of Law Insurance Law Center will host the Fifth Annual National Benefits & Social Insurance Conference, where benefit experts from around the country will convene to discuss the law and policy of retirement, healthcare, disability insurance, and more. The Assistant Secretary of Labor, Phyllis Borzi, will be the keynote speaker.

Attendees should contact Patricia Carbray at patricia.carbray@uconn.edu or 860-570-5184 to receive the password needed to download the conference papers.


Breakfast & Registration

Phyllis Borzi, Keynote Speech

D. Muir (Michigan), Addressing the Failure of Behavioral Economics Theory in IRA Rollovers
K. Moore (Kentucky), Closing the Retirement Savings Coverage Gap: Are State-Mandated Automatic Enrollment IRAs the Answer? (password req.)
J. Turner (PPC), The Pension Mis-Selling Scandal at the SEC. (password req.)
Moderator: A. Stumpf (Michigan)

11:30-12:45 (Lunch panel)
N. Huberfeld (Kentucky), Health Care and the Myth of Self-Reliance
B. Maher (UConn), Characterizing the ACA
Moderator: J. Cogan (UConn)

I. Goldowitz (PBGC), Funding of Public Sector Pension Plans: What Can Be Learned from the Private Sector? (password req.)
N. Shnitser (Boston College), “Trusting the Retiree Healthcare Promise” (can be accessed through Hein Online)
J. Forman (Oklahoma), Removing the Legal Impediments to Offering Lifetime Annuities in … read more

4.          Spring 2008 Symposium

Insurance, Intellectual Property & Innovation

April 4, 2008

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut


  • Session I: Insurance for Intellectual Property – from copyright to patent risks?
  • Moderator: Gideon Parchomovsky
  • Panelists: Leib Dodell, Robert Fletcher, Michael Meurer, Richard Murray


  • Session II: The Role of Insurance in Markets for Intellectual Property – a European Perspective
  • Moderator: Clarisa Long
  • Panelists: Frank Cuypers, Guiseppe Scellato, Amadee Turner, Eskil Ullberg


  • Session III: The Insurer as Gatekeeper: What We Can Learn from Documentary Film’s Encounter With Fair Use and Media Liability Insurance
  • Moderator: Willajeanne McLean
  • Panelists: Julie Ahrens, Michael Donaldson, Ken Goldstein, Debra Kozee


  • Session IV: Intellectual Property Protection for Insurance
  • Moderator: Hillary Greene
  • Panelists: Frank Cuypers, David Fox, Robert Hunt, Michael Knoll, Steven Kunin, Mark Nowotarski


5.          Spring 2007

D&O Insurance Shareholders’ Friend or Foe? 

April 12, 2007

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut


  • Session I: Does Corporate Governance Matter to Securities Litigation Risk?
  • Moderator: Ed Rock
  • Panelists: Jeffrey Benner, Ganapathi Narayanamoorthy, Roberta Romano, Keith Thomas


  • Session II: The Future of Securities Class Actions
  • Moderator: Sean J. Griffith
  • Panelists: John C. Coffee, Jr., Alicia David Evans, Donald C. Langevoort, Andrew Schatz


  • Session III: Can Insurers Reduce Securities Litigation Risk?
  • Moderator: Jill E. Fisch
  • Panelists: Martin E. Boyer, Lawrence A. Cunningham, Kevin M. LaCroix, Thomas Wollstein


  • Session IV: How do Insurers Manage the Securities Litigation Process?
  • Moderator: Sean M. Fitzpatrick
  • Panelists: Tom Baker, Steven Gladstone, John McCarrick, Robert Wallner

6.          Spring 2006

Moral Hazard & Consumer Driven Health Care

April 24, 2006

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut

7.          Fall 2005

Asbestos: Anatomy of a Tort


November 3-4, 2005

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut

For more information, please click here.


8.          Spring 2005

The Role of Insurance in Preventing Medical Injury: An Antidote to Malpractice?

 April 4, 2005

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut


Insurance bears much of the costs of medical injuries. Public and private health insurance pays for most of the medical expenses that result from medical injuries. Malpractice insurance pays for most malpractice settlements and defense costs.


As a result, health insurance and medical malpractice insurance have an enormous stake in reducing the frequency and severity of medical injuries. Malpractice insurers address patient injuries through risk management initiatives. Health insurers have begun to address patient injuries through “pay for quality” initiatives.


The Insurance Capital – Hartford – presents an ideal setting to consider the implications of these developments for health policy and for law and medicine.


What does “pay for quality” really mean? What are private health insurers and managed care organizations doing about medical injuries? What might they do in the future? What about Medicare?


What do malpractice insurance companies do to prevent medical injuries? Are they only concerned about preventing claims or are they concerned about injury prevention, too? How has the recent malpractice insurance crisis affected the risk management role of malpractice insurance companies?


This conference … read more

9.          Spring 2004

Corporate Governance at the Crossroads

April 23, 2004

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut

Two years after Enron, corporate governance law finds itself at an uneasy crossroads between theory and praxis. Old corporate governance theories have been discarded for the new, yet uncertainty persists about how best to proceed. This conference examines three issues that are at the core of the continuing debate over optimal corporate governance: executive compensation, institutional shareholder activism, and the allocation of corporate governance authority between the state and federal governments following the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.


  • 9:00 – 10:30 am Aligning Managerial Incentives: Rethinking Executive Compensation
  • The corporate governance crisis cast doubt on Michael Jensen’s theory that executive compensation can be engineered to align management’s interests with those of shareholders. Does executive compensation inevitably exacerbate agency problems? Can compensation be redesigned to provide part of the solution?
  • Moderator: Professor Patricia A. McCoy, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Calvin H. Johnson, Andrews & Kurth Centennial Professor in Law, University of Texas
  • Charles J. Elson, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware
  • Professor Lin Peng, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York


10.          Spring 2002

Liability and Insurance After September 11th

March 21-22, 2002

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut


Thursday, March 21

  • Morning (9 am): Introductory Remarks
  • Dean Nell Newton, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Professor Tom Baker, Director, Insurance Law Center
  • Patrick Liedtke, Secretary-General, Geneva Association


  • 9:15 am Liability and Insurance Lessons from the World Trade Center Disaster
  • Moderator: John Day, Connecticut Law Professor and former Virginia Insurance Commissioner
  • Honorable Gregory Serio, New York Superintendent of Insurance
  • Roger Singer, General Counsel, OneBeacon
  • David Robb, Executive Vice President, The Hartford Financial Services
  • Frolly Boyd, Senior Vice President, Aetna
  • Discussant: Professor Robert Jerry II, University of Missouri School of Law
  • Lunch (at The Hartford Seminary) Nathaniel Shapo, Illinois Commissioner of Insurance


  • Afternoon (1:30 pm): Rethinking Catastrophes, Security, and Insurance
  • Moderator: George Reider, former President, NAIC, and former Connecticut Insurance Commissioner
  • Professor Howard Kunreuther, Wharton Business School
  • Professor Richard Ericson, University of British Columbia
  • Professor Christian Gollier, University of Toulouse
  • Christian Lahnstein, Munich Re R&D, Legal Counsel
  • Report from the Geneva Association Chief Economists Meeting
  • Robert Hartwig, Chief Economist, Insurance Information Institute


  • Evening (6:30 pm): Reception and Dinner, The Hartford Club
  • The Embracing Risk Thesis Meets Precautionary Principle
  • Professor Tom Baker, Director, Insurance Law Center
  • Introduction by: Gregg Burton, Editor-In-Chief, Connecticut Insurance Law Journal


Friday, March 22

  • Morning (9 am): September 11th Victim Compensation Fund: … read more