2017 Spring Education Conference

image of Spring Education ConferencePresented by the Workers' Compensation Section

Saturday, April 22, 2017
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Earn 6 hours MCLE and legal specialization credit

Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

To sign up for the webcast: Register Here

In-person registration deadline is Monday, April 17, 2017.

Program Schedule | Essential Info | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form (for in-person attendance only)

Program Schedule

Registration—Continental Breakfast

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

Timing Is Everything

To effectively manage a workers’ compensation case, you have to juggle a multitude of timelines including notice of injury, filing a claim form, filing an application for adjudication, investigating and denying claims, and more recently enacted provisions such as appeals of IMR decisions to name a few. The amount of provisions with time deadlines can be overwhelming. Lucky for you, this panel wrote the book on workers’ compensation timelines, literally, and will concisely impart their knowledge with impeccable timing.


  • Janet Zamecki, Laughlin, Falbo, Levy, & Moresi
  • Natalie Cordellos, Laughlin, Falbo, Levy, & Moresi
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

WCAB Commissioners Update

Commissioner Marguerite Sweeney will provide an entertaining and informative update on issues before the WCAB Office of the Commissioners. Be in the know!


  • WCAB Commissioner Marguerite Sweeney
10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

The New Landscape of Psyche Claims

The psyche claim has perhaps undergone the most legislative reform of any body part in workers’ compensation history. It seems like every few years, the analysis for psyche claims changes, which makes it difficult for both evaluators and practitioners to properly develop medical evidence that is compliant with the law. This panel of expert litigators will provide their best tips for handling psyche claims post SB-863 including a detailed analysis of the latest case law affecting the psyche claim.


  • William Herreras
  • William Armstrong, Armstrong Law Firm
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Break—Lunch Provided

12:20 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Apportionment Case Law Update

Apportionment is a frequently tried thorn in the workers’ compensation case. It is imperative that litigators understand how apportionment works. Perhaps no one in the state understands and explains the tricky issue of apportionment better that Ray Correio. Mr. Correio will dissect recent cases and discuss the hottest trends in apportionment law.


  • Raymond Correio, Pearlman, Borska, & Wax
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Opposite World in Workers' Compensation

The following examples may appear self-evident: 1) An applicant attorney must protect the client by appealing UR denials to IMR; 2) Defendants do not welcome IMR appeals and find them irritating and costly; 3) A primary treating MPN physician must be located within 30 miles of the employee’s residence; 4) An injured worker can only spend MSA money on medical care; 5) A UR decision that is upheld by IMR (and possibly the WCAB) remains valid for one year.

Sometimes none of these examples are true. Professor David Chetcuti will provide a fun and enlightening discussion of how attorneys must sometimes act in a manner that is opposite their usual and customary practice.


  • Prof. David Chetcuti
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

All Dahl'ed Up But Where To Go? – Litigating Permanent Total Disability In Accordance With the Fact Post SB-863

A permanent total disability claim can be valued in the millions of dollars. Nowhere in workers’ compensation are the stakes higher. This panel of expert litigators will discuss, step by step, how to prove up and defend against claims of total disability in accordance with the fact under Labor Code section 4662(b) post SB-863 and provide their best tips and tricks for litigating your claim.


  • Kenneth Sheppard, Jones Clifford
  • Jay Shergill, Coleman Chavez & Associates
3:20 p.m. - 4:20 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

Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

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, April 17.

Register by Mail or Fax

Print out and complete the Mail / Fax Reg. Form (for in-person attendance only) 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

$295 - Workers’ Compensation Section Members
$390 - Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Workers’ Compensation Section for 2017)
$195 - Claims Specialists, Hearing Representatives, & Paralegals

Onsite registration fees are $345 for Section Members and $440 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, April 17 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. This website is not available to the public, and access is given only to Conference registrants. Late-breaking supplemental materials not available before the Conference will be added at a later date.


Can’t attend in person? This program will be webcast live. Visit calbar.inreachce.com to register. Direct links will be made available soon.

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.