WCAB Commissioners’ Settlement Conference: An Interview with Judge David Hettick
Saro K. Kerkonian, Esq.
Los Angeles, California
Victor Hugo once said, "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come." The commissioners of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board may have had this in mind when they implemented one of the WCAB’s newest programs, the Commissioners’ Settlement Conference.
Practitioners who have recently filed a Petition for Reconsideration that was granted and taken under further study may have received a letter from the WCAB informing them the commissioners have chosen their case for participation in the Commissioners’ Settlement Conference program. Practitioners may also have been informed that their case has been assigned to Workers’ Compensation Judge David Hettick (Ret.), who serves as a mediator for the program. I talked with Judge Hettick to learn more about the program.