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The Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) was founded in 1986 by industry professionals who recognized the need for a forum for individuals involved in the field of professional liability. The Society is a non-profit organization with membership open to persons interested in the promotion and development of the professional liability industry. Membership consists of over 6,500 individuals, representing over 1,000 companies active in the many fields of professional liability. PLUS currently receives the support of more than 200 companies through corporate membership. PLUS is recognized as the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, assistance to its members to help serve clients, and information regarding professional liability. The Society is continually seeking new means to fulfill its mission statement and better serve its members.

PLUS Eastern Chapter Supports Monday Night Hospitality

The PLUS Eastern Chapter is supporting Monday Night Hospitality as its 2018 Chapter Charity recipient. Monday Night Hospitality provides compassionate social services by serving a hot fresh meal to the homeless, elderly, unemployed and poor residents in a dignified style with table cloths and music. 30,000 meals are served each year to the community on Monday nights.

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Beth Goldberg and Brian Braden volunteer with Monday Night Hospitality earlier this year.

The volunteer experience will be serving food at the organization’s “pop up restaurant,” interacting with guests and serving a complete meal including salad, main course, dessert & coffee/team.

There are two opportunities to serve with the PLUS Eastern Chapter! Please choose the date that works best for you. There are limited volunteer openings available, so if you sign-up you are committing to be there as a part of the team to serve meals. Casual clothes and comfortable shoes recommended. Volunteers are provided an apron.

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 30, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

To RSVP please email Beth Goldberg or Brian Braden.

 

Women’s rights pioneer Catharine MacKinnon puts #MeToo in perspective

By Louie Castoria, Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP

Nearly four decades before #MeToo, and one year before Harvey Weinstein’s first film was released, Professor Catharine MacKinnon pioneered the movement to treat workplace sexual harassment of women as sexual discrimination, in her groundbreaking scholarly book, Sexual Harassment of Working Women (1979).

Flash forward to May 22, 2018, when Professor MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School,, presented a stark but hopeful assessment of women’s rights worldwide at the PLUS Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Network event, “Abusers and Accusers: How Women Leaders Are Changing the World.” She termed #MeToo “the largest movement against sexual abuse in the history of the world.”

Professor MacKinnon is a long-term visiting professor of law at Harvard, Yale (her alma mater for law school and her Ph.D. in political science), Stanford, and international law schools in Shanghai, Cambridge, Jerusalem, Berlin, and Toronto, among others. From these vantage points, and as a practicing lawyer and activist, together with her work at the International Court of Criminal Justice at The Hague, Professor MacKinnon has not only seen progress toward equal treatment of men and women, but has led that progress. In 1986 a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court adopted, in Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, in which she was co-counsel, her then-novel theory that workplace sexual harassment can rise to the level of illegal sexual discrimination. Today, employment practices liability, including sexual harassment, is a major force in insurance marketplace and the legal profession.

Her advocacy and activism are not limited to the workplace. Professor MacKinnon’s prosecution as lead counsel in Kadic v. Karadzic, representing Bosnian survivors of Serbian victims of sexual atrocities, established that the use of systematic rape as a tool for destroying people is a form of genocide. She is a strong supporter on site in India with Apne Aap, an organization that protects women, some as young as ten years of age or even younger against being sold into, or to escape from, lives of prostitution. (She donated her PLUS honorarium to Apne Aap. For further information visit apneaap.org.) She pioneered the Nordic Model for abolishing prostitution—decriminalizing all people used in prostitution, and strongly criminalizing the sellers (pimps and traffickers) and the buyers. This approach is being adopted in other countries as well.

The sold-out event began with an interview I conducted with Professor MacKinnon to highlight some of her trailblazing achievements in advancing women’s rights and enhancing women’s lives, then shifted to insightful and varied questions from the audience. Audience questions included people in the news, such as former Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Stormy Daniels, and international issues.

Power was a unifying theme throughout the conversation. Professor MacKinnon recognized long ago that sexual harassment and abuse involve sexualizing the power of those in power, and who want to stay in power. When asked how those in power should help advance sex equality, she recommended two steps: to seriously listen to what women say, and to promote the many qualified women to positions now mainly occupied by men. She also advocates for transforming hierarchical models themselves, thus changing the definition of power in society.

During the reception that followed many attendees took the opportunity to talk individually or in small groups with Professor MacKinnon.

Clyde & Co hosted the event and reception. My firm, Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP, planned the event and worked extensively with Professor MacKinnon to develop the presentation.