Choose a date below to see the panels offered. 






Continuing Education Credits awarded when attending the entire convention: 

Minimum Continuing Legal Education:  15.75 MCLE (including 1.25 Competence)
Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation:  13.50 MCLE
Division of Workers’ Compensation:  4.00 QME

 Click on the links below to see an extended description, panelists and continuing education credits for each session.

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1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
L.C. Section 4660.1-In Denial! Proving psychological impairment and disability post 12/31/12

  • What is a catastrophic injury and how to prove it?
  • What is a violent act and how to prove it?
  • What psychological injuries are direct injuries not barred by Section 4660.1?
  • How to use LC Section 4662 regarding permanent total disability in post 12/31/12 cases
  • Obtaining temporary disability and treatment for psychological injuries

Panel: Scott Rubel, Esq. (Moderator); Brad Wixen, Esq.; Richard Montarbo, Esq.; Honorable Jamie Spitzer;
Brian Jacks, M.D.
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization, 1 QME


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environments

  • What is sexual harassment?
  • Why sexual harassment is a form of sexual abuse
  • The consequences of sexual harassment on victims
  • Legislative protections against sexual harassment
  • Civil and FEHA remedies
Panel: Lisa Ivancich, Esq. (Moderator); Sue Borg, Esq.; Lisa Bloom, Esq.; Amyanne Freeburg, Psy.D.
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Safety Officer and Firefighter Cases - A Primer

  • How are the Labor Code Sections 3212 to 3213 presumptions of injury applied?
  • What are the Non-attribution clauses and Labor Code Section 4663 apportionment exceptions?
  • Labor Code Section 4850 salary continuation in lieu of TD issues
  • Special death benefits
  • How to address retirement issues
Panel:  Sam Swift, Esq. (Moderator); Gold Lee, Esq.; Laura Hall, Esq.; Matt Hill, Esq. .
Credit: 1 MCLE, 1 Legal Specialization


6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Visit vendors, enjoy great music, and enter our drawing for a chance to win. Convention registrants will receive one (1) complimentary drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. Must be a CAAA Regular Member to win.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cause of Injury vs. Cause of Disability: The Confusion Continues

  • Hikida and why we need to understand this subtle distinction
  • Doctors who don’t understand the difference are apportioning disability incorrectly
  • Examples of how cause of injury can be different than cause of permanent disability
  • Early case law defining “arising out of employment”
Panel: Mark Gearheart, Esq. (Moderator); Arjuna Farnsworth, Esq.; Erin Walker, Esq.; Mechel Henry, M.D.
Credit: 1 MCLE, 1 Legal Specialization, .5 QME


10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Substance Abuse: A Cautionary Tale of One Attorney’s Long Journey to Hell and Back

  • Discussion of impact of drugs and alcohol on attorneys
  • State Bar mandated specialized MCLE course
Panel: Amy Stoody-King, Esq. (Moderator); David Mann, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 Competence Issues


11:15 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.
General Membership Meeting

  • For Regular Members Only. Name Badge is Required. Box lunch provided.


1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Commissioners’ Panel

  • Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners discuss recent interesting Board Panel Decisions
Panel:Chairperson Katherine Zalewski (invited); Commissioner Deidra Lowe (invited); Commissioner Marguerite Sweeney (invited); Commissioner Jose Razo (invited); Acting Secretary and Deputy Commissioner Anne Schmitz (invited)
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Marvin Shapiro Memorial: Most Important Cases

  • The esteemed panel discusses the cases that are shaping workers’ compensation in California today
Panel:Megan Ruble, Esq. (Moderator); Joe Capurro, Esq.; William Herreras, Esq.; Ron Feenberg,Esq.; Larry Silver, Esq.; Honorable Colleen Casey
Credit: 2 MCLE, 2 Legal Specialization


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A Five-Year Case Study of the Intersection Between the Law, Politics and Policy in the Legislature

  • Discussion regarding the legislative process in Sacramento
  • What to expect from the California Legislature through the end of the 2017-18 session on workers’ compensation issues
Panel:Diane Worley, Esq. (Moderator); Beatriz Trejo, Esq.; Christel Schoenfelder, Esq.; Alberto Torrico, Esq., CAAA Legislative Consultant; Richie Ross, CAAA Political Consultant
Credit: 1 MCLE


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9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
New Client Intakes: It’s A Brave New World

  • Creating a roadmap for successful prosecution of the case
  • The essential information you must obtain
  • Social media dos and don’ts
  • Hidden gems in forms and questionnaires
  • Preparing client for defense tactics

Panel: Russell Glauber, Esq. (Moderator); Warren Pulley, Esq.; Zach Frost, Esq.; Marc Marcus, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization 


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Litigating Lien and Credit Issues in PI/WC Crossover Cases
  • How to work successfully with a personal injury attorney
  • What is a 3rd party Compromise and Release and when should it be used? Pros and cons
  • Learn how to calculate employer lien and credit amounts in the workers compensation case
  • Learn how to identify employer negligence and challenge employer’s credit claims at the WCAB

Panel: Vince Scotto, Esq. (Moderator); Chris Viadro, Esq.; Jeff Lowe, Esq.; Honorable Jackie Walker
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


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SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Side Effects: The New Drug Formulary

  • How do we get our clients the treatment they need under the new rules?
  • How will it effect PD?
  • What does it mean for the use of Cannabis to treat work injuries?
  • How will it impact multi-disciplinary treatment programs?

Panel: Justin Litvack, Esq. (Moderator); Brett Johnson, Esq.; Ginger Volz, Hearing Representative; Gregory Smith, M.D.; David Patterson, M.D.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1 QME


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Medicine of Cumulative Trauma
  • Defining the physiological wear and tear on the body due to work duties
  • Cumulative effect of emotional stress on body systems
  • How to prove industrial exposure in complex injury claims
  • Discussion of medical studies establishing validity of industrial cumulative trauma

Panel: Dennis Thomas, Esq. (Moderator); Sandra Rocca, Esq.; Robert McLaughlin, Esq.; Michael Charles, M.D.
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization, 1.5 QME


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