Total Credits: 6.5 MCLE, 2.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias
Fri, Apr 24, 2020 - 08:30a to 03:40p CDT - Springfield, Missouri
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Moderator: William C. Love, Jr., Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP, Springfield
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. Victorine R. Mahon, Chief ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Springfield; 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: Cara L. Harris, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Springfield; Will E. Peterson, Wood, Cooper & Peterson, LLC, Neosho and Patrick J. Platter, The Law Firm of Neale & Newman LLP, Springfield
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. Dale A. Halfaker, PhD, Springfield
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: Skyler E. Burks, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Springfield
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
Skyler Burks has practiced exclusively in the Labor Division of the Attorney General’s Office, defending both the Second Injury Fund and State of Missouri, Office of Administration in workers’ compensation claims in the Springfield area. He is currently the Unit Leader for the Springfield Labor Division of the AGO.
Cara Harris attended Mizzou. After graduating, Cara clerked at the Missouri Court of Appeals. She then joined the Attorney General’s Office in March 1993 where she has defended the Second Injury Fund and the State in workers’ compensation matters since. She is currently Chief Counsel of the Labor Division.
William C. Love is a partner with the law firm of Hyde, Love & Overby practicing in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Appellate Law, Workers’ Compensation and General Litigation. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and the U.S. Western District of Missouri, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and US Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. He was recognized for appellate advocacy as a recipient of the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar. He is also a long time High School Football referee.
Victorine Mahon is Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Joplin and Springfield Adjudication Offices of the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to her appointment as an ALJ, she clerked for Missouri Supreme Court Judge George F. Gunn, Jr., served as an Assistant Attorney General, and worked as chief counsel to the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. She has been an adjunct professor for William Woods University, a facilitator for the National Judicial College, and a contributor to the Missouri Bar CLE deskbooks on Workers’ Compensation and Administrative Law.
Will Peterson practices with Wood, Cooper & Peterson, LLC in Neosho and Joplin. He primarily focuses on representing injured workers and their families in workers' compensation proceedings. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law with magna cum laude honors and has received numerous awards and citations since practicing law. He always maintains an "open door" policy and enjoys assisting other practitioners with challenging legal aspects.
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.
2020 Annual Workers' Compensation Institute - St. Louis
Fri, Jun 12, 2020 - 08:30a to 03:40p CDT
St. Louis, Missouri
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