Boot Camp 2017
Presented by the Workers' Compensation Section
Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11, 2017
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, California 93940
Earn 9 hours MCLE & legal specialization credit
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
The registration deadline is Monday, June 5.
Program Schedule | Essential Info | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form
Workers’ Compensation Boot Camp is a comprehensive review of
workers’ compensation law designed to prepare you for the 2017 workers’
compensation specialist examination. The program is tailored to help future
specialists spot and analyze workers’ compensation issues that you need to
know. Boot Camp is also a must have program for those who are just starting
out in workers’ compensation. In two days you will receive a comprehensive
review of workers’ compensation law.
The schedule follows:
(*NOTE* there will be breaks within the two-hour sessions)
Saturday, June 10
Registration and Check-In
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Forget the push-ups. Boot Camp starts your workout with a basic
overview of the workers compensation system including an overview
of injuries and benefits. The panel will then go in-depth covering
defenses to the compensability of a claim, including Labor Code
§ 3600 defenses, injury AOE/COE, and statute of limitations issues.
Next, the panel will cover the quirks of psychological claims and
end with a review of special remedies including serious and willful
misconduct and Labor Code § 132a retaliation claims.
- Kenneth Sheppard, Jones Clifford
Elizabeth Furlow, Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith
|9 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Practice and Procedure
Now that you’re warmed up, this session will take you through the
procedure of a workers’ compensation claim starting with the legal
duties of the employer upon receipt of a claim. The panel will discuss
jurisdiction and venue of workers’ compensation cases. They will
cover the structure of a case from filing, to discovery, hearing, trial,
and post-trial appeal. Then, they will review some ancillary issues
with the workers’ compensation case, including liens, interpreter
services, and insurance coverage issues. Finally, they will examine
issues to consider when settling a workers’ compensation case, such
as Medicare, Social Security, and third-party injury claims.
- John Parente, Parente & Christopher
Justin Litvack, Boxer & Gerson LLP
|11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.;
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
|12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Practice and Procedure (con’t)
|1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Medical Knowledge and Issues
Now that you have a solid foundation in the substance and procedure for
the claim, we will build upon that foundation an understanding of medical
treatment issues in workers’ compensation. We will start by covering the
anatomy of a workers’ compensation claim… literally. The panel will
review some of the frequently encountered body systems and diseases in
workers’ compensation. Next, the panelists will tackle medical treatment
issues in workers’ compensation. They will explain how medical treatment
is authorized; how it is denied; and how to appeal the denial. Finally, they
will cover the medical legal evaluation process along with the proper
procedure for obtaining an independent evaluation through a qualified
Hon. Linda Atcherley, WCJ, San Diego WCAB
Eric Ledger, WCAB Industrial Relations Counsel
|2:10 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, June 11
Boot Camp continues the second day by scrutinizing the disability
evaluation process. We start with an overview of the American Medical
Association (AMA) Guides 5th Edition and how they are used to rate
injuries in the workers’ compensation system. The panel will explain
how to (and how not to) rate an injury. They will cover the requirements
for a medical report to constitute substantial medical evidence. They
will cover temporary disability, permanent disability, life pensions, and
apportionment of disability. Lastly they will go over the technical and
legal issues involved in rating permanent disability.
- Jay Shergill, Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP
9 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
At this point you will have a solid foundation for the substance of a
claim and the procedure to follow as well as an in depth understanding
of medical and disability issues. However, every good exam question
(including the legal specialization exam) has to have an element of
professional responsibility. This panel will cover a multitude of professional
responsibility issues unique to workers’ compensation including sanctions,
penalties, attorney fees, contempt proceedings, fee agreements, and
- Hon. W. Kearse McGill, State Bar Court
|11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For your convenience, we're providing a printable brochure that replicates the information on this web page.
Click here to register online.
In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to
The State Bar of California, or credit card information,
must be received by Monday, June 5.
A block of rooms have been reserved at the Monterey Marriott. Please
be sure to mention The State Bar of California when booking. Call
Marriott Reservations at 877-901-6632 to book no later than May 11th.
Register by Mail or Fax
Print out and complete the Mail / Fax Reg. Form and return it with payment to The State Bar of California. Make checks payable to The State Bar of California. If paying by credit card, use VISA or MasterCard only. One registrant per form. Photocopies may be used.
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Or Fax To:
Program Registration at 415-538-2368. In order to fax your
registration, credit card information is MANDATORY.
(Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)
$375 - Workers’ Compensation Section Members
$470 - Non-Section Members
(includes enrollment in the Workers’ Compensation Section for 2017)
**Onsite registration fees are $425 for Section Members and $520 for Non-Section Members
On-site registration will be on a space available basis.
Call to confirm space availability.
Cancellations / Refund Policy
Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no
later than Monday, June 5 and are subject to a $50 service charge.
Refunds will not be available after this time.
Registrants will receive a USB storage device with an electronic
version of all program materials the day of the conference. Before
the conference, registrants will receive a link with information on how
to review and download the program materials. It may be helpful to
review a program’s reference material before the class. Hard copy
materials will not be available. This website is not available to the
public, and access is given only to conference registrants. Latebreaking
supplemental materials not available before the conference will be
added at a later date.
For special assistance, please call 415-538-2256.
For registration information call 415-538-2508. Telephone registrations
will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information
The State Bar of California and the Workers’ Compensation Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.