Workers' Compensation Section

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2014 Steve Jiminez Award Recipients

The 2014 Honorees:

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Lifetime Achievement: Jack Kosdzin (pictured left) 

Judge of the Year: Thomas E.Clarke (pictured right)

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Applicant Attorney of the Year: Alex Wong (pictured left)

Defense Attorney of the Year: Barry Lesch (pictured right)

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Zachary Frost

Young Lawyer: Lindsay Wagenman (pictured left)

 

For more information, including bios of each recipient, see 2014 Steve Jiminez Awards.

Webinar: Affirmative Defenses & Claim Denial Issues

Friday, August 22, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Workers' Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

An employer's obligation to pay worker's compensation benefits is limited by Affirmative Defenses and by requirement that injury must arise out of and in the course of employment. There are nuances to these defenses of which many employers, carriers, TPAs and even attorneys are unaware. This discussion looks at the defenses, discusses the case law and provides tips when considering whether to deny or not and how to do so within the constraints of the "90-day rule." With speaker Tracy Sturtevant.

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting, September 11-14, 2014, Grand Hyatt San Diego

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting
September 11-14, 2014
San Diego, California

Annual Meeting PreviewYou can now REGISTER ONLINE for the Annual Meeting.
Early-bird Pre-Registration Deadline (Save $100): August 13

The State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The new meeting logo “My Annual Meeting” simply states that this is your annual meeting: an event for legal professionals that blends business, education, entertainment and the opportunity to meet and engage with law professionals from throughout California.

The four-day meeting will showcase an education agenda consisting of 143 MCLE seminars covering a variety of substantive topics, legal technology, access to justice, UPL, attorney advertising, and other key areas of interest.

The Annual Meeting Preview is now online! Be sure to see Special Events for information about luncheons, social events, the California Women Lawyers Annual DinnerAnnual Exhibit Show62st Annual Bench & Bar Art ExhibitConference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), and Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities. See Hotel and Travel for information about the Annual Meeting hotels, airline and rental car discounts.See the schedules for individual days for a chronological list of all programs, with descriptions: Schedule for ThursdaySchedule for FridaySchedule for SaturdaySchedule for Sunday.

The Section is presenting:

Program 43

Workers’ Compensation and Immigration Cross-Over: Issues and Solutions

Program 54

Labor & Employment and Workers’ Compensation Cross-Over Issues

Program 66

Federal Law and Workers’ Compensation Cross-Over: Medicare, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Webinar: Tips for Taking a Doctor's Deposition

Link to Webinar in the Online CatalogFriday, October 17, 2014, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1.5 hour 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.

Speaker:

  • Dr. Steven Feinberg
  • Richard (Jake) M. Jacobsmeyer is a partner of the Law firm of Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain, Claffey & Nix, a statewide workers' compensation defense firm with 4 offices in California. Jake has been a certified specialist in workers' compensation since 1981. In his over 37 years of practice in this field, he has experience as both a representative of the injured workers for 18 years and now representing employers and insurance carriers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board for over 18 years.

    Jake also maintains a legal email update service proving prompt reporting on breaking case law, statutory and regulatory changes and other issue of interest to the workers' compensation community that includes commentary on the practical implications of the information. If you are interested in being included on this list please feel free to email him at the below address:

    RICHARD M. JACOBSMEYER
    SHAW, JACOBSMEYER, CRAIN, CLAFFEY & NIX LLP
    475-14th St #230 Oakland, California 94612
    Ph: 510 645-7172 Fax: 866 563-0092
    jakejacobsmeyer@shawlaw.org

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.

The Section thanks you for your membership!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!

Nominations Open for 2014 Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards

2014 Recognition Awards nomination applications are now being accepted. Deadline: March 1, 2014

For more information, see 2014 Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards.

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 .

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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
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FAX 415-538-2368

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