Workers' Compensation

2020 Spring Education Conference

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** Note: These programs are canceled **

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Saturday, April 4, 2020
Renaissance Walnut Creek
2805 Jones Rd
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Newport Beach Marriott
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Earn 6.0 Hours MCLE & Legal Specialization Credits

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Schedule

8 a.m.-4:20 p.m. | Registration and Check–In

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Substantial Medical Evidence—The Art of Avoiding Surprises: A Practitioner’s Guide to Substantial Evidence and the WCAB’s Power to Develop the Record

Don’t be caught by surprise! Have you had a case where you were certain you would win your case only to have the Board find you did not have substantial evidence? Worse yet, then you have to explain to your client why the Board is ordering additional medical reports. Get it right the first time and you’ll impress your client with your skills! This program will provide a step by step guide to the Board’s power on substantial evidence and development of the record. Learn how to identify whether a report is substantial evidence on several commonly litigated issues including compensability, permanent disability, and apportionment. After this training you may not be a clairvoyant, but you’ll come real close!

Walnut Creek and Newport Beach Speakers:

  • Randy Pollak, Managing Attorney Pacific Compensation
  • Alan Riffel, Rose, Klein & Marias
9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. | 2020 New WCAB Rules of Practice and Procedure

Effective 1/1/20, the WCAB has instituted a major overhaul of its practice rules. There were substantial changes enacted in those reforms and if you are practicing Workers’ Compensation Law in this state, knowing what was changed, and how it impacts you, is essential to competently representing your clients before the WCAB. Take charge of your practice skills by attending this 1 hour presentation. Panelists will offer valuable instruction and insights into the most significant changes that every workers’ compensation practitioner needs to know.

Walnut Creek Speakers:

  • Commissioner Jose Razo
  • Commissioner Craig Snellings

Newport Beach Speakers:

  • Presiding Judge Robert Rassp, Los Angeles District Office
  • Randy Pollak, Managing Attorney Pacific Compensation
10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | Permanent Disability: CVC vs Addition Method

Over the last several years there have been a plethora of cases by the WCAB applying the Kite decision, which is the case that paved the way for the adding of permanent disability ratings instead of using the Combined Values Chart (CVC). Through those decisions the WCAB has clarified the parameters for when it is appropriate to add vs. use the CVC and the results can be very significant. For example, a non-life pension case can become a life pension case. Or a below 100% case can result in a 100% award. In this 1 hour presentation, the workers’ compensation practitioner will be updated on this essential area of the law and will be well prepared to navigate settlement, discovery and trial effectively for their clients.

Walnut Creek and Newport Beach Speakers:

  • Dr. Osep Armagan, M.D. (Newport Beach only)
  • Monica Fairwell, Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton, & Goldstein, LLP
  • Erin Wintersteen, Managing Partner Michael Sullivan & Assoc.
11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Networking Lunch

Networking lunch.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Impeaching a Witness: How to Properly Impeach and Rehabilitate a Witness Using Prior Testimony, Inconsistent Statements and Other Sources

Learn or re-learn the 1, 2, 3 of how to properly impeach a witness. Learn the ins and outs of rehabilitating an impeached witness. It’s been a while since mock impeachments in law school. Have you impeached anyone lately? Do you remember how? You may not be doing it right. Get back to the basics and join us for a panel discussion on how to properly impeach and rehabilitate witnesses. Hear it from the defense perspective and the applicant perspective. More importantly, what does the judge think?

Walnut Creek Speakers:

  • Judge Therese Da Silva, Oakland District Office
  • Janet Zamecki, Law offices of Janet Zamecki
  • Viviana Santiago, Ratto Law Firm

Newport Beach Speakers:

  • Presiding Judge Jamie Spitzer, Anaheim District Office
  • Janet Zamecki, Law offices of Janet Zamecki
  • Viviana Santiago, Ratto Law Firm
2:10 – 3:10 p.m | Getting Rolda Right

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Rolda? If you thought of a quirky 70’s sitcom starring Valerie Harper, you owe it to yourself to come to the CLA Workers’ Compensation Spring Conference. The panelist will discuss psychiatric injuries involving good faith personnel actions, predominant cause, and what evidence needs to be provided. Brian Jacks, M.D. (one of the original reporters in the Rolda case), Judge Alicia Hawthorne and Senior Deputy County Counsel Alec Beyer will present a step-by-step guide to getting psychiatric reports Rolda compliant. The presentation will be a unique blend of analysis of this frequently complex issue from the differing perspectives of an evaluating physician, a WCJ, and a day-to-day practitioner. The analysis will include a historical perspective of the issue as well as the medical-legal issues as seen by both physicians and lawyers.

Walnut Creek and Newport Beach Speakers:

  • Dr. Brian P. Jacks, M.D.
  • Judge Alicia Hawthorne (San Diego District Office)
  • Alec Beyer, Office of County Counsel, San Diego
3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. | PQME Litigation

Even before the applicant is seen by the PQME, a lot can be litigated about the PQME. This presentation addresses the most frequent issues that arise before the PQME evaluation, including how the WCAB addresses disputes about the medical specialty, timing of the PQME request, cancellation of the PQME evaluation, replacement panels and timeliness of the reports, and more. Knowing how these common issues are handled by the WCAB will allow the workers’ compensation practitioner to identify disputes that are worthwhile to litigate vs. ones that may just be a “dead end.”

Walnut Creek Speaker:

  • Amy Shen, Boxer and Gerson
  • James Cotter, Associate Partner, Mullen & Filippi

Newport Beach Speaker:

  • John Hernandez, Law office of John Hernandez
  • Jamie Ann Louie, Louie Stettler

Essential Information

HOW TO REGISTER

** Note: These programs are canceled **

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Renaissance Walnut Creek
2805 Jones Rd
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Newport Beach Marriott
900 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

  • Or send this form to: Program Registrations, California Lawyers Association, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Or email Program Registrations at ProgramRegistrations@CAlawyers.org. In order to email 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)
  • $195 – Claims Specialist
  • $95 – CYLA

**Onsite registration fees are $345 for Section Members and $440 for Non-Section Members

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The deadline to pre-register is 7 days prior to the event.

CANCELLATIONS/REFUND POLICY

Requests must be received in writing 7 days prior to the event. A $50 processing fee will be charged for requests received less than 7 days prior to the event. For more information, call (916) 516-1757.

QUESTIONS

For registration information call 916-516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call 916- 516-1756.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE

For special assistance, please call 916-516-1756.

ON-SITE

On-site registration is subject to availability. Call to confirm space availability.

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.

California Lawyers Association is an approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.

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.

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