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 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 Pension Plans (password req.)
Moderator: D. Pratt (Albany)

P. Wiedenbeck (Wash. U), Untrustworthy: ERISA’s Broken Promise (password req.)
A. Monahan (Minnesota), Sovereign Promises
D. Bogan (Oklahoma), Proper Party Defendants in ERISA 502(a)(1)(B) Actions. (password req.)
N. Stein (Drexel), The Church Plan Phenomenon (password req.)
Moderator: N. Stein (double-duty)

M. Hylton (Boston University), Thinking Ahead: Some Reflections on the Forthcoming Friedrichs Decision and its Implications for Public Sector Employee Benefits
P. Secunda (Marquette), Lack of Super Enforcement in Australia
R. Pathak (Whittier), Robust Enforcement at Last? Medical Providers as the New ERISA Enforcers
Moderator: Maher (UConn)


The U.S. and China: New Insurance Products, New Regulatory Challenge

Second Annual Insurance Law Conference

Presented By:
The Insurance Law Center at UConn School of Law
& Renmin Law School

The U.S. & China: New Insurance Products, New Regulatory Challenges

Friday, October 9, 2015

UConn School of Law, Hartford Connecticut

Keynote Speaker:  Thomas Sullivan, Associate Director, Federal Reserve Board


·         Cyber Risk & Insurance

·         Big Data, Price Optimization and Consumer Protection

·         Regulation of Insurance Intermediaries

·         Resolution of Insurance Disputes

·         Best Practices for Consumer Disclosures

Please join us on Friday, October 9 as we explore Chinese and U.S. perspectives on Insurance, Regulation, and Consumer Protection.   Our panelists are leading scholars, practitioners and regulators in these fields, and we are joined by experts from Renmin Law School, the University of International Business & Economics, and the General Counsel of Ping An Insurance Group of China.

Admission is free and continental breakfast and lunch provided for those who register prior to October 5, 2015.  Please RSVP to Patricia Carbray.

Conference Agenda:

8:15 – 9:00      Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15      Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:00     Keynote Address:

                          Thomas Sullivan, Associate Director, Federal Reserve Board (with time for questions)

10:00 – 10:15  Break

10:15 – 11:15   Panel 1:  Cyber Risk & Insurance

–          Professor Jia Linqing, Deputy Director of Maritime Law and of the Insurance Law Research Institute, Renmin University of China Law School

–         Mr. John Buchanan, Partner, Covington & Burling, Washington D.C.

–        Ms. Paula M. Pallozzi, Associate Director, Rhode Island Insurance Division

11:15 – 12:30  Panel 2: Big Data, Price Optimization and Consumer Protection

–          Professor Peter Molk, Willamette University College of Law

–          Mr. David Snyder, Vice President, International Policy, Property Casualty   Insurers Association of America

–           Professor Peter Kochenburger, Deputy Director, Insurance Law Center

12:30 – 1:30                            Lunch

1:30 – 2:30      Panel 3:  Regulation of Insurance Intermediaries

–          Professor Xin Chen, Director of the Insurance Law Center and the Law and Economics Center, University of International Business and Economics

–          Mr. Wes Bissett, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and State Relations, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc.

–          Professor Jeffrey Stempel, Doris S. and Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law

2:30 – 3:30      Panel 4:  Resolution of Insurance Disputes

–          Mr. Jun Yao, Chief Legal Officer, Ping An Insurance Group of China

–          Mr. John Buchanan, Partner, Covington & Burling, Washington D.C.

–          Professor Brendan Maher, Director of the Insurance Law Center

3:30 – 3:45                  Break

3:45 – 5:00      Panel 5:  Best Practices in Consumer Disclosures

–          Professor Haibao Xing, Renmin University of China Law School

–          Professor Mark Geistfeld, Sheila Lubetsky Birnbaum Professor of Civil Litigation, New York University School of Law

–          Professor Patricia McCoy, Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

–          Ms. Lynn Quincy, Director of the Health Care Value Hub, Consumers Union

5:00                 Concluding Remarks

Actuarial Litigation: How Statistics Can Help Resolve Big Cases

When: Friday, April 15, 2011, 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: William F. Starr Hall, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford

Directions: map to campus

Sponsored by the Insurance Law Center and the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal.

When a drug is alleged to harm large numbers of patients, a credit card company charges its many customers allegedly undisclosed fees for international transactions, or numerous people experience illnesses they claim result from exposure to toxins, plaintiffs bring large numbers of lawsuits.   Defendants’ and plaintiffs’ lawyers are continually refining methods for resolving such large-scale disputes.   Increasingly, they rely on statistical techniques to do so.  The questions for this conference are what are the appropriate techniques for resolving such cases?   How do they resemble what insurance companies already do?   Are they fair?   What legal limitations exist on such settlements and how (if at all) should the law change to better accommodate these changes on the ground?  This conference brings together special masters, insurance professionals, economists, political scientists and legal scholars to discuss how risk is quantified in litigation, especially high value, large-scale complex cases such as mass torts, consumer class actions and antitrust suits.

Keynote Address:  Kenneth R. Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen LLP, Author of What is Life Worth? (Public Affairs Press, 2005) Among his many accomplishments, Kenneth Feinberg is the Administrator of the BP Claims Fund and was the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Other speakers included: