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Workers’ Compensation Spring Education Conference

May 20, 2023 @ 8:30 am 4:05 pm

Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
4500 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Earn 6 Hours of MCLE Credit, including Legal Specialization Credit. Lunch included!

  • $295 for Section members
  • $390 for all others/non-Section members (Includes enrollment in the Workers’ Compensation Section for 2023)
  • $195 for Claims Specialists
Workers Compensation Spring Education Conference, May 20, 2023 in Newport Beach



8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Understanding Psych Reports and Cross-Examining Psych Doctors

1 Hour MCLE. Includes 1 Hour in Workers’ Compensation Law

This session will provide attendees with information about the five sources of data that should be discussed in psychological and psychiatric reports. Dr. Ron Heredia will discuss the vulnerable areas of psych reports and evaluations and how to identify when the report does not constitute substantial medical evidence. Attendees will learn tips and strategy for effectively cross-examining psych doctors and litigating psych claims and attendees will receive sample questions to use in deposing psych doctors.

Speaker: Dr. Ronald Heredia, Good Mood Legal

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. | Workers Compensation Claims and Immigration Exposures and Consequences

1 Hour MCLE. Includes 1 Hour in Workers’ Compensation Law

A noncitizen’s legal status can present thorny issues you should consider in pursuing your client’s workers’ compensation case.  This panel will address what the practitioner should consider when litigating a workers’ compensation claim on behalf of a noncitizen client.  Learn to protect your noncitizen client from consequences related to their immigration status while learning when their claim may also open up possibilities for legalization.


  • Faith Nouri, CFLS, Immigration and Family Law Attorney, Nouri Law Corporation
  • Ruben Espinoza, Workers’ Compensation and Immigration Law, Espinoza Law Group
10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | Case Law Update

1 Hour MCLE. Includes, 1 Hour in Workers’ Compensation Law

Esteemed Chief Judge Paige Levy and Retired Associate Chief Judge Mark Kahn will bring their unique insight to recent decisions of the WCAB and District Court of Appeals.  A can’t miss presentation for every workers’ compensation litigator.


  • Chief Judge Paige Levy
  • Mark Kahn, Retired Judge, arbitrator
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | SJDB vouchers

1 Hour MCLE. Includes, 1 Hour in Workers’ Compensation Law

This informative program will first briefly reacquaint you with the history of vocational rehabilitation and job displacement benefits in California.  It will then cover the current eligibility requirements, benefit limits, and application process established in Labor Code section 4658.7 and Regulations 10133.31–10133.60.  Finally, the panelist will discuss the en banc decision in Dennis v. State of California (85 CCC 389), the effect of settlement on entitlement to SJDB voucher, penalties dispute resolution, and other issues you are likely to encounter.


  • Kia Myers-Holsey, RTGR Law
  • John Hernandez, Law Offices of John Hernandez
  • Sharon Velzy, Presiding Judge Van Nuys
1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. | The Ongoing Jurisdiction Battle in the Field of Sports Law

1 Hours MCLE. Includes, 1 Hours in Workers’ Compensation Law

Equipped with firsthand insight and knowledge of employment-related issues unique to the highest level of professional sports, panelist Orlando Ruff and panelist Danny Benavides will share their insight and experience in Identifying and handling the complex issues surrounding the ever-expanding body of sports law since the enactment of Assembly Bill 1309 in 2013. This dynamic panel will discuss contract formation and its impact on California jurisdiction including exemption/exclusion from California jurisdiction under Labor Code Section 3600.5. The panel will also discuss other jurisdictional challenges pertaining to subject matter and personal jurisdiction.


  • Orlando Ruff, Retired NFL player, applicant’s attorney, Pro Athlete Law Group
  • Danny Benavides, Hanna Brophy
3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. | Panel Wars

1 Hour MCLE. Includes 1 Hours in Workers’ Compensation Law

Have you heard of the movie ‘Star Wars?’ Well, back here on Earth, we have “Panel Wars!” which involves every kind of dispute anyone can have over the selection of a QME and what information or communications are sent to the doctor for review and commentary.’ Judge Rassp and Judge Feddersen will present some of the typical disputes over the QME process that are regularly heard and resolved by the judges and Appeals Board and will share practice tips on how to deal with these disputes.


  • Presiding Judge Robert Rassp – Los Angeles
  • Judge Clint Feddersen – Van Nuys

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Registration Deadline

The deadline to register online is Monday, May 15, 2023.


Requests must be received in writing by May 15, 2023. A $50 processing fee will be charged for requests received after May 15, 2023. For more information, email

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This event may be recorded. By attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded, and to any use, by the CLA, of your likeness, voice, and name in any and all media including social media. If you do not want your name or photo to be used, please let us know in advance. We cannot, however, honor requests to opt out of the use of your image or voice if you choose to ask a question during one of the event sessions.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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