Workers' Compensation Section

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Worker's Compensation Section 2014 Spring Conference

Featured Speakers: Kathy Zalewski, Chief Counsel, DIR and Richard Newman, Chief Judge, DWC

The program package includes

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

Saturday, March 8
Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Register Online - Marina del Rey

Saturday, April 12
San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
1770 S Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402
Register Online - San Mateo

Saturday, May 17
The Cliffs Resort
2757 Shell Beach Rd.
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Register Online - Pismo Beach

For the full program schedule, speakers and essential information, see 2014 Spring Education Conference.

A 12 Part Webinar Series: The AMA Guides Chapter by Chapter: The Experts’ Approach to Rating Injuries

Photo of cover of the Fith Edition of the Master the AMA Guides BookJoin us as we present “AMA Guides – Chapter by Chapter.” We will break the entire AMA Guides Fifth Edition into 12 easy to digest webinars. Two webinars per month, one hour each, during your Friday lunchtime: CLE can’t get any easier. You don’t even have to leave your desk. If you miss a presentation for any reason, you can simply watch it again on your own time. It is essential knowledge delivered to you cheaply and easily.

Speaker Schedule

Webinar: Utilization Review Post-SB863: Nuances of Sandhagen and Dubon

Link to Webinar in the Online CatalogFriday, July 18, 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.

This webinar will discuss strategies and the framework for analysis regarding  Medical Treatment Disputes Post SB863.  We will analyze both Sandhagen v. SCIF, as well as the recent En Banc decision in Dubon v. SCIF,  through a step by step analysis of how to handle a MT dispute from initial request through UR and appeal of the UR decision.

Speaker Eric Ledger is an associate Workers' Compensation attorney with Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller & Johnsen in Sacramento.  Eric handles a variety of injuries, focusing his practice on the firm’s workers compensation asbestos calendar.  Eric has one published article on Title VII retaliation claims.  Prior to workers’ compensation, Eric served in the US Air Force for eight years as a Russian linguist and intelligence analyst, serving one tour in Iraq.

Webinar: Affirmative Defenses & Claim Denial Issues

Link to Webinar in the Online CatalogFriday, 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.

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.

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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
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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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The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368

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