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Continuing Education Credits awarded in attending the entire convention: 

Minimum Continuing Legal Education:  14.5 MCLE
Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation:  13.5 MCLE
Division of Workers’ Compensation:  5.25 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. – 2:30 p.m.

Well known, experienced workers compensation “masters” will allow us into their thought processes; teach us their techniques and strategies for settlement and trial.
Panel: Elliot Berkowitz, Esq (Moderator); Sue Borg, Esq.; Saul Allweiss, Esq.; Mark Gearheart, Esq.; Marc Marcus, Esq.; John Bloom, Esq.
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization in Workers' Compensation


3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Creative ideas to seek penalties for UR and IMR violations. Are 5814.5 attorneys fees available on stipulated medical awards or every IMR application resulting in an overturned UR denial? Are penalties available for bad faith L.C. Section 4060 denials?
Panel: Brett Borah, Esq. (Moderator); Honorable Anne Horelly, WCJ; Michael Giachino, Esq.; Natt Alschuler, Esq.; Herbert Alschuler, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization in Workers' Compensation


4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

What does Catastrophic mean? The manner of injury v. the result of the injury? Is this a legal or factual issue? How to develop the record to prove a catastrophic injury. This is an important issue which is on the verge of reaching the courts. This program will assist practitioners in understanding the issue and handling post 1/1/2013 cases involving psychological injury. 
Panel:  Jason Marcus, Esq. (Moderator); Rosabel Young, MD; Mark Levine, PhD;  Brad Wixen, Esq.; Rick Meechan, Esq.  
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization in Workers' Compensation, 1.25 DWC


6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Visit vendors, enjoy great music, and enterour 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 26, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Our Contestants will have to supply the difficult questions to “answers” from the AMA Guides. We hope to provide an educational and possibly entertaining review of key tables, charts, methods from the AMA Guides.  We will analyze important concepts from the AMA Guides and highlight commonly overlooked and misunderstood provisions in the Guides. We hope to broaden everyone’s understanding of the Guides to assist in permanent disability rating. Generic ratings v. Guzman ratings. Gold nuggets from chapters one and two.
Panel: Barry Hinden, Esq. (Moderator); Todd McFarren, Esq.; Keith Epstein, Esq., Robert McLaughlin, Esq.
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization in Workers' Compensation, 1.5 DWC


10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
The Commissioners will discuss current issues before the WCAB. Don’t miss Commissioner Caplane’s annual SWAG roundup. Get a heads up for current trends in workers compensation law. The dos and don’ts of WCAB Petitions for Reconsideration and Removal.
Panel: Chairperson, Ronnie Caplane, (Moderator); Commissioner Marguerite Sweeney
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization in Workers' Compensation


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For Regular Members Only. Name Badge is Required. Box lunch provided.
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
A discussion and analysis of recent Workers’ Compensation decisions. This expert panel will dissect the most important new cases affecting workers compensation practice. What facts are important and why?  What new trends do they see? You will not get this in-depth analysis anywhere else.    
Panel: Joseph Capurro, Esq., (Moderator); Melissa Brown, Esq.; Honorable Colleen Casey; G. Ronald Feenberg, Esq.; William Herreras, Esq.; Lawrence Silver, Esq.
Credit: 2.0 MCLE, 2.0 Legal Specialization in Workers' Compensation


3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
A panel of experts will discuss the results of the poll and what this means for the California Workers’ Compensation system in the future
Panel: Adam Dombchik, Esq. (Moderator); Gil Stein, Esq.; Seiji Carpenter; Richie Ross, CAAA Legislative Consultant
Credit: 1.0 MCLE


5:05 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
What are the different types of social media? How can they be used in workers compensation practice? What are the pitfalls? Should we communicate with clients using social media? How? When? What are the limits? How does the defense use social media as an investigation tool? How can applicant’s protect against social media as an investigation tool?
Panel: Ben Helfman, Esq. (Moderator); Zach Frost, Esq.; Jeffrey Stern, Esq.; Kayla Bell
Credit: 1.0 MCLE


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9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Understanding substance abuse; What to watch out for; The signs and symptoms of substance abuse; Where to go for help. Tips from experts to protect yourself, your clients and your practice.
Panel: Alan Gurvey, Esq. (Moderator); Amy Stoody-King, Esq.; Thomas Preston, MD; Robert Weissman, MD
Credit: 1.25 MCLE (Competence), 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.25 DWC


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The current definition of Permanent and Stationary; How to avoid retroactive P&S dates and TD overpayment claims. How to deal with SDI liens. Interaction between TD and other similar benefits – IDL, 4850 pay, SDI. What are the exceptions to the 2 year cap? How does the cap apply if there is more than one date of injury? Other resources: LTD, SDI, SSD. TD still available for psyche.
Panel: John Don, Esq. (Moderator); Jon Marlowe, Esq.; Joanne Helvig, Esq.; Jean-Paul Lonne, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.25 DWC


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SUNDAY, June 28, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

We expect that a host of new regulations will be finalized by the convention including Labor Code Section 139.48 Return to Work Fund; New Fee Schedules; Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule; Official Disability Guidelines, Home Health Care, and others. When are these effective? How will they affect our practice? What others are expected?
Panel: Robert Wyman, Esq. (Moderator); Justin Sonnicksen, Esq.; Justin Litvack, Esq.; Keith Lesar, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
What does Serious and Willful Mean? What do I need to prove to prevail in a 132a claim? A comparison of employer conduct that does and does not violate Section 132a. Why should I be handling Uninsured Employer Cases? What are the trends in S&W and 132a reported cases? How to evaluate these claims, gather evidence and try these cases.  
Panel: James Butler, Esq. (Moderator); Andrew Shaffer, Esq.; Kate Kroeger-Lozano, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


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