Tuesday, August 23, 2016

National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College (Day 2)

Presented by The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, Inc. (NAWCJ)
 

Registration Is Required To Attend The National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College. You Must Be An Adjudicator or Regulator To Attend.

Visit the National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, Inc. website for more information.

 

9:55 – 5:00 pm    
Grand Ballrooms 4 - 6 
Convention Level
(Day 3 of this program is on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 beginning at 8:50 am in Hall of Cities - New York & New Orleans.)
    
9:55 – 10:00 am    
Announcements and Updates

Honorable Jennifer Hopens, NAWCJ President-Elect
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX
    
10:00 – 10:50 am    
Ethics Jeopardy 

Introduction of Moderator and Speaker:
Honorable Bruce Moore
Kansas Department of Labor
Division of Workers’ Compensation
Salina, KS

Moderator:
Deborah Hughes
Office of the Disciplinary Administrator
Topeka, KS

Ethics can be a challenge and the judge may be called upon to both interpret and document attorney actions and inactions. This game-show style presentation on the intricacies and challenges of lawyer ethics will be an eye-opener for all. 
    
10:50 – 11:00 am    
Break
    
11:00 – 11:50 am
The Opt Out, the Constitution, and the Grand Compromise

Introduction of Moderator and Panel:
Honorable Deneise Turner Lott
Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission
Jackson, MS

Moderator:
Professor Michael C. Duff
University of Wyoming College of Law
Laramie, WY

Panel:    
Honorable Ryan Brannan, Commissioner
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX

Honorable Robert Gilliland, Chair
Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission
Oklahoma City, OK

There are a great many constitutional challenges, benefits sufficiency challenges and more in the current world of workers’ compensation. This panel of experts will bring analysis and understanding of the nature of these challenges and the effects on the system as a whole. 
    
12:00 – 12:30 pm    
Lunch (provided)

Grand Ballrooms 1 & 2
Convention Level

NAWCJ Annual Business Meeting

Honorable Michael W. Alvey, NAWCJ President
Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board 
Frankfort, KY

Honorable Jennifer Hopens, NAWCJ President-Elect
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX
    
12:30 – 1:00 pm     
Workers’ Comp: What is Hot from a National Perspective?

Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Jennifer Hopens
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation
Austin, TX

Speaker:
Robert Wilson
President & CEO
WorkersCompensation.com, LLC
Sarasota, FL
    
1:00 – 1:10 pm    
Break
    
1:10 – 4:00 pm    
Advanced Judicial Writing

Introduction of Speaker:
Honorable Melodie Belcher
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation 
Atlanta, GA 

Speaker:
Professor Wayne C. Schiess
University of Texas School of Law
Director - The David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy
Austin, TX

Judicial writing is a skill. There are challenges to writing effective orders. Professor Schiess will pick up where Judicial Writing for the New Judge left off on Monday, and provide an advanced perspective on how judges can and should write more efficiently and effectively. 

(There will be a ten minute break each hour, 2:00-2:10 and 3:00-3:10). 
    
4:00 – 4:10 pm    
Break
    
4:10 – 5:00 pm    
The Medical Examinations and Assigning Ratings 

Introduction of Speaker:
Sheral Kellar
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Baton Rouge, LA

Speaker:
Dr. Russell L. Travis
Neurosurgical Associates
Lexington, KY

Workers’ compensation is in a state of transition regarding the adoption of various guides to permanent impairment. Some states have adopted their own guides, others have relied upon the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides. The AMA Guides have been through a series of updates and changes in the last 20 years. Various states are using the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Editions of the AMA Guides. What are the similarities and what are the differences? Our medical expert will provide a bird’s-eye view of the methodology and logic of various impairment rating processes. 

 

Registration Is Required To Attend The National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College. You Must Be An Adjudicator or Regulator To Attend.

Visit the National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, Inc. website for more information.