By Terri Guest, CIRMS, CMCA
As a Community Insurance and Risk Management Specialist (CIRMS), I enjoy attending the annual Community Association Law Seminar hosted by CAI National. This year, I was joined by CAI BayCen President-Elect, Charlotte Allen, CIRMS, CAI BayCen Director, Melissa Ward, Esq., CCAL, and several California CAI Chapters members.
The event was held in New Orleans, providing a beautiful backdrop for education targeted to attorneys and insurance professionals. The event kicked off with CCAL President David Graf, Esq. providing a welcome and reminding everyone that mental health is something we all need to talk about. His open and honest introduction segued perfectly to our keynote speaker, Briana Scurry, who shared her personal struggle with mental health since being a part of the Gold Medal US Women’s National Soccer Team. From there, concurrent sessions covered topics ranging from ADU’s, conducting business through WhatsApp, bullying, ethics and attorney wellness and mindfulness.
Specific for insurance professionals, the CIRMS Master Program sessions reviewed insurance case law, the use of artificial intelligence in underwriting, and a rousing game of “Covered or Not Covered “ styled after Deal or No Deal – seriously the most fun session in recent history! Two general sessions of case law were also presented in a very educational and entertaining fashion (who knew pole barns could be so divisive?)
Additionally, the group of insurance professionals, along with a handful of attorneys and community managers, engaged in an Insurance Shop Talk session, where we discussed several issues including electric vehicle charging stations, flood insurance and getting together more often to discuss issues facing not only community association insurance professionals but also business partners in general.
The 2024 Law Seminar has already been announced as taking place February 15-17 at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas. Will I see you there?