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Spotlight on CLA WC Section Subcommittees: Education Subcommittee

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Education Subcommittee: Co-Chairpersons, Honorable Sharon Velzy, Workers’ Compensation Judge Van Nuys District Office and Honorable Colleen Casey, Workers’ Compensation Judge, San Francisco District Office

The majority of all active attorneys practicing law in California must complete 25 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) every three years. The fundamental goal of the Education Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the California Lawyers Association is to provide exceptional educational programs and materials to the members of the State Bar and the public at low or no cost.  The Committee strives to produce relevant education programs that bring awareness of timely issues and changing laws to enhance competent and effective delivery of legal services to the workers’ compensation community.   

In furtherance of this goal, we organize objective, unbiased presentations using a diverse group of speakers generally consisting of an applicant’s attorney, defense attorney and a judge or doctor.

To continue our educational programs during the current pandemic, we are providing all our education programs as webinars.  During 2020, we are excited to have the following live webinars scheduled:

  • Spring into Action, But Fall Back on The Basics (5 part webinar series)
  • August 21, 2020 – SUBSTANTIAL MEDICAL EVIDENCE- The Art of Avoiding Surprises: A practitioner’s guide to substantial evidence and the WCAB’s power to develop the record.
  • October 23, 2020 – GETTING ROLDA RIGHT
  • November 6, 2020 – IMPEACHING A WITNESS: How to Properly Impeach and Rehabilitate a Witness Using Prior Testimony, Inconsistent Statements and Other Sources
  • December 4, 2020PQME LITIGATION

In addition to the above programs, there are several other webinars available on demand at the CLA website.  During 2020, the CLA Education Committee also offered the following webinars:

  • From Head to Toe, Rating all parts of the Body with the AMA Guides – 8 part series
  • The Art of Avoiding Surprises: A practitioner’s guide to substantial evidence and the WCAB’s power to develop the record
  • Apportionment Now: Where we are after Justice, Hikida, and Lindh
  • The education committee was pleased to offer a free webinar on WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVID-19

Please watch for additional announcements regarding the “Done in A Day” education program which will focus on legal ethics, elimination of bias, and competency issues.   

The Education Subcommittee of CLA Workers’ Compensation Section looks forward to serving your educational needs in 2021.

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