Legal Specialization Boot Camp 2017

Presented by the Workers' Compensation Section

Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11, 2017
Monterey Marriot
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, California 93940

Earn 9 hours MCLE & legal specialization credit


The registration deadline is Monday, June 5.

Program Schedule | Essential Info | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form  

Program Schedule

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

  • Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Claims Evaluations

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.
(Intra-session break)

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.

Lunch Provided

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 medical evaluator.


  • Hon. Linda Atcherley, WCJ, San Diego WCAB
  • Eric Ledger, WCAB Industrial Relations Counsel
2:10 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(Intra-session break)

Sunday, June 11

Disability Evaluation

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.
(Intra-session break)

Professional Responsibility

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 prohibited conduct.


  • Hon. W. Kearse McGill, State Bar Court
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Essential Info

Printable Brochure

For your convenience, we're providing a printable brochure that replicates the information on this web page.

Register Online

Click here to register online.

Registration Deadline

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.

Hotel Information

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.

Mail To:

Program Registrations
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.)

Pre-Registration Fees

$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

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.

Program Materials

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.

Special Assistance

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 call 415-538-2256.


The State Bar of California and the Workers’ Compensation Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.