Workers' Compensation Section

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@015 Spring Education ConferenceWorker's Compensation Section 2015 Spring Conference

Featured Speakers: Ronnie Caplane, Chairwoman of the WCAB, Kathy Zalewski, WCAB commissioner, Marguerite Sweeney, WCAB commissioner

The program package includes

  • 6 hours of participatory MCLE credit and Legal Specialization Credits in Workers' Compensation
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Walnut Creek
Marriott
2355 North Main Street
Walnut Creek
925-934-2000
Register Now - Walnut Creek

Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Cliffs Resort
2757 Shell Beach Rd
Pismo Beach, CA
805-773-5000
Register Now - Pismo Beach

For more information see Spring Conference.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Replay: Tips for Taking a Doctor's Deposition

Friday, March 20, 2015, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1.5 hours participatory MCLE credit and 1.5 hour legal specialization credit in Workers' Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Learn advanced techniques to obtain optimum results when taking a physician's deposition. All aspects of deposition strategy will be examined with applicable checklists to insure all issues are addressed accurately and in a way that will constitute substantial evidence.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Steven Feinberg
  • Richard M. "Jake" Jacobsmeyer
  • Jay Shergill

Officer of the Court Your "Other Client"

Friday, March 27, 2015, 12 noon- 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credits; 1 hour Legal Specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law and 1 Hour in Legal Ethics. You must register in advance in order to participate.

A discussion of the law and ethical considerations of being an "Officer of the Court" in the Workers' Compensation System. Consideration of our duties as Offices of the Court from the perspective of the bench, the applicant's bar and the defense bar

Speakers:

  • Jack Goodchild
  • Jerold Cohn Barry Pearlman

Moderator: Jack Goodchild

Webinar: Dying Hard in California: How to Handle Cases Where the Injured Worker Dies

Friday, April 10, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE Credit and 1 Legal Specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Lecture goes step through the initial processes of handling cases in which the injured worker dies. Lecture addresses handling the post mortem case in which death benefits are not viable. Also, handling death claims will be addressed.

Speaker: Edward Singer

Webinar: The AMA Guides: Substantial Evidence in an AMA Guides Case – Examples of AMA Compliant and Non-compliant Medical Reports

Friday, April 17, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE Credit and 1 Legal Specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This program will explore what constitutes substantial medical evidence in medical reports in cases including a checklist of requirements and examples of the best and the worse reports.

Speaker: Robert Rassp

Webinar: The AMA Guides: Development of the Record for PD Rebuttal Methods

Friday, May 8, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE Credit and 1 Legal Specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This program will explore the step by step process physicians are required to follow in order to provide the most accurate WPI ratings and how physicians may rebut a strict rating.

Speaker: Robert Rassp

Webinar: Advanced Issues with Workers’ Compensation Fraud / RICO

Friday, May 29, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE Credit and 1 Legal Specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Workers’ compensation fraud can grind a case to a halt and impact liability. The attorney must consider a multitude of ethical and legal factors to position his client with the best outcome. Perpetration of fraud can result in massive sanctions and/or RICO lawsuits, dismissal of a claim and/or criminal prosecution. An applicant attorney and a defense attorney discuss factors to consider in representing a client charged with fraud, obligations in reporting or pursuing a person or entity suspected of committing fraud. Topics covered will include petitions for stay, discovery, protective orders, 132a retaliation claims, dismissals, RICO liability, and more. With speakers Eric Ledger and Larry Sager.

Webinar: The AMA Guides: Application of the AMA Guides Using the Correct Medical Lingo

Friday, June 12, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE Credit and 1 Legal Specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Do you allege "back, upper extremity, internal" in your cases? Wrong! This seminar will show how to provide all interested parties from claims administrator to judge proper parts of body injured in pleadings, pre-trial conference statements that are consistent with the AMA Guides.

Speaker: Robert Rassp

Webinar: The AMA Guides: Quirky Apportionment Issues and the AMA Guides

Friday, July 10, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE Credit and 1 Legal Specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

An applicant's attorney teaching about apportionment of permanent disability? You bet! This webinar will explore old and new issues of apportionment using the AMA Guides and how you can and cannot apportion. Can you apportion a current lumbar spine injury that is based on ROM when a prior lumbar spine injury was based on DRE?

Speaker: Robert Rassp

Webinar: The AMA Guides: Can You Use the AMA Guides to Rebut a GAF/WPI Rating? If So, How?

Friday, August 14, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE Credit and 1 Legal Specialization credit in Workers’ Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Category: Workers' Compensation Law The DSM-5 was implemented by the American Psychiatric Association on May 10, 2013 which eliminated the GAF score. Permanent disability WPI ratings are still based on a GAF score. Can you rebut a WPI based on a GAF score using the AMA Guides or other methods?

Speaker: Robert Rassp

Now accepting Nominations for the 2015 Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition awards. See Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards for more information. Deadline: March 2, 2015.

6 Hours of Self-Study CLE in the Specialty Areas -- Complimentary for Members of the Workers' Compensation Section!

As a 2014 benefit of Section membership, we are pleased to offer six hours of MCLE credit, offering credit in all of the MCLE subfields.

If you were purchasing these courses individually in our Online Catalog, they would cost $210 -- so that's your Section membership more than paid for, and then some!

Just watch these programs, and keep a record of having done so in the event you're audited for MCLE compliance.

You can access these programs and the accompanying written materials any time this year in the Members Only Area.

Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession
  • Navigating Diversity
Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress
  • Coping with the Unique Challenges of Legal Practice
Legal Ethics
  • Avoiding the State Bar Disciplinary System
  • Client Trust Accounting Fundamentals
  • Ethical Implications for Lawyers in Cyberspace and Social Media
  • Ethics and Civility: Want an Extension? Forget about It!

Online CLE

See Online CLE and click on Workers' Compensation to find out how you can get online participatory MCLE credit for Workers' Compensation programs at your convenience. Choose from a wide selection of State Bar of California MCLE programs at both modem and broadband connection speeds. For information about other options for CLE credit, see Education .

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Workers' Compensation Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area . Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site .

Contact Us

Workers' Compensation Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
415-538-2256
FAX 415-538-2368