History

The courtroom, the classroom, and the conference room: these are among the places you will most likely find members of the CPCU Society’s CLEW Interest Group. CLEW members share a commitment to the pursuit and application of sophisticated technical knowledge in the fields of risk and insurance, and in the surrounding legal environment.

The Interest Group was founded in the 1990s, as a home and resource for  a diverse segment of CPCU Society members whose professional paths tended toward independence: attorneys representing or counseling insurers or insureds in claim and coverage matters, as well as other industry professionals putting their experience and expertise to work as consultants or as witnesses in contested insurance-related matters.   When the Group formed, the CLEW acronym stood for “Consultants, Litigators & Expert Witnesses.” Today, those initials stand for Coverage, Litigators, Educators & Witnesses, and CLEW’s members include CPCUs whose emphasis is on technical research and on the development and spread of insurance knowledge in universities and through continuing professional education. CLEW activities include presenting one or more educational programs at the Society’s Annual Meeting — commonly including a “Mock Trial” — publication of articles in both CPCU Society publications and other industry journals, and a growing number of webinars through the Society. Participation in these activities provides CLEW members the opportunity to interact with, and to share their technical expertise with, fellow industry professionals.