Total Credits: 6.5 MCLE, 2.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias
Thu, Apr 23, 2020 - 08:30a to 03:40p CDT - Sikeston, Missouri
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Moderator: D. Matthew Edwards, Burns, Taylor, Hecekemyer, Green & Edwards, Cape Girardeau
8:00 – 8:30 AM | Registration
8:30 – 9:20 AM | Update from the Division
A review of current administrative and adjudicatory procedures and practices . This discussion will include consideration of the differing practices and customs of each adjudication office.
Speakers: Hon. Carl W. Strange, Chief ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Ironton; Hon. Amy L. Young, ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Cape Girardeau; Colleen Joern Vetter, Division Director, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, St. Louis; Harsh Bhasin, Project Director, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation
9:20 – 10:10 AM | On Issues of Bias, Diversity, Inclusion, & Cultural Competency (pre-recorded)
A comparison of Missouri Rule 4-8.4(g) and the ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) & COMMENT  of both and the implications for their differences, and an overview of general explicit or implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, or cultural competency awareness issues and resources.
Speaker: Christian A. Stiegemeyer, The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company, St. Louis
10:10 – 10:20 AM | Break
10:20 – 11:35 AM | Case Law Update
Speakers: James E. Laramore, Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane, Berens & Billmeyers, LC, Cape Girardeau; Michael A. Moroni, Attorney at Law, Bloomfield and Crystal L. Williams, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Cape Girardeau
11:35 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch | on your own
1:00 – 1:50 PM | How to Conduct a Psych IME
This session will give a behind the scenes look at the psych IME process. The doctors will walk you through the evaluation process including testing, and the importance of each step. The session will conclude with an open question and answer session.
Speaker: Dr. Jerrell L. Driver, PhD, Jackson
1:50 – 2:40 PM | Post Cosby & 2014 PTD Amendment
This session will address the impact on workers’ compensation procedure and ligation involving the Second Injury Fund in the aftermath of the 2014 Amendments and the recent Cosby v. Treasurer Missouri Supreme Court decision.
Speaker: Keyla S. Rhoades, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Cape Girardeau
2:40 – 2:50 PM | Break
2:50 – 3:40 PM | A Conversation with Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel: Relevant Issues in Legal Ethics
An analysis and review of recent decisions and relevant issues in Legal Ethics facing the practitioner from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Speaker: TBA, Representative from the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel
3:40 PM | Adjourn
Matthew Edwards is experienced in handling all aspects of Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury claims along with Bankruptcy matters for creditors and debtors, Social Security Disability claims, minor criminal offenses and basic estate planning.
Matt entered private legal practice joining the firm in 2008. He is licensed to practice in the State of Missouri and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and is a member of The Missouri Bar, Cape Girardeau County Bar, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. In 2014, he was appointed as a member of the panel of Chapter 7 trustees for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Matt is originally from Jackson, Missouri and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Southeast Missouri State University. He then attended law school at Saint Louis University, graduating magna cum laude in 2005 with an emphasis in criminal litigation. While attending law school, Mr. Edwards served as a clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office in Saint Louis.
James E. Laramore was born in Ironton, Missouri, in 1968 and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 1990, where he graduated with honors. He received his law degree from Memphis State University in 1993. He has been a member of Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane, Berens & Billmeyer, L.C., since 2002, where he maintains a general civil practice with emphasis in the areas of insurance defense, workers' compensation law, and banking/foreclosures. He previously served as area representative of The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers section, and he previously served on The Missouri Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee.
Christian A. Stiegemeyer, Director of Risk Management, The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company, received his B.A. in Communications from Southeast Missouri State University and his J.D. from The Saint Louis University School of Law. Prior to joining The Bar Plan, Chris was in private practice concentrating in the areas of domestic relations, criminal law, and appellate practice.
Colleen Joern Vetter earned her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and her B.A. from Webster University.
After law school, Colleen served as a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Holstein at the Missouri Supreme Court. She spent many years in private practice representing insurers, employers, and claimants before Missouri’s Division of Workers’ Compensation. Most recently, Colleen served as an Assistant Attorney General.
Crystal Williams obtained her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 2008. She worked for the law firm of Riezman Berger, PC from 2004 until 2015. Her practice included collections and bankruptcy work on behalf of creditors. She has been with the Attorney General's office since 2015 in the Labor section.
Amy L. Young is an Administrative Law Judge for the Division of Workers’ Compensation in the Cape Girardeau office. Prior to her appointment on January 2, 2019 she was a partner at Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane, Berens, & Billmeyer, L.C. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and her primary area of practice was workers’ compensation law. Her law practice included both defending employers and insurance companies against claims for workers’ compensation and representing injured workers. Prior to joining Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane, Berens, & Billmeyer L.C. in 2008, Judge Young was an associate at Atwill & Montgomery, LLC in Columbia, Missouri where her area of practice was exclusively focused on defending employers and insurance companies against claims for workers’ compensation. Before that, Judge Young served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Missouri Attorney General’s office in Jefferson City for the Division of Labor where she defended claims against the Second Injury Fund for permanent partial and permanent total disability, second job wage loss, and uninsured employers. She also defended the Central Accident Reporting office against claims for workers’ compensation. Judge Young earned her J.D. in 2000 and her Bachelor in Social Work in 1997 both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives with her husband and seven year old son in her hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
2020 Annual Workers' Compensation Institute - St. Louis
Fri, Jun 12, 2020 - 08:30a to 03:40p CDT
St. Louis, Missouri
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