Risk Practicum Brings Settlement Expertise

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The College of Law hosted six experts from across the country to discuss settlement planning for the Richard B. Risk Jr. Practicum April 13-14.

Richard Risk"I believe this is the first time any law school in the country has formally recognized settlement planning as a topic of legal education," said TU Law alumnus, Dick Risk (JD '01), whose gift generously sponsored the event.

Guest speakers included Joseph W. Tombs, founder of the Registry of Settlement Planners; Patrick Hindert, co-author of "Structured Settlements and Periodic Payment Judgments"; Mark Popolizio, an authority in Medicare secondary payer and Medicare set-asides; Jeremy Babener, a commentator and former tax policy fellow at the U.S. Treasury Office of Tax Policy; Jack Meligan, founding president of the Society of Settlement Planners; and Carl A. Pierce, a reporter with the American Bar Association commission on the evaluation of the rules of professional conduct.

Read Hindert's blog post with a recap of presentations.

“Settlement planning has become a crucial tool of legal practice, and yet we have not seen its importance rise proportionately as a topic of conversation in law schools,” said TU College of Law Dean Janet Levit. “We are thrilled to offer this type of practical training which correlates to TU Law’s central goal of preparing our students to be market-ready after graduation.”

Risk established the endowment funding the practicum series in 2011 to provide quality instruction in specialized areas of practice.

Shari Erwin