Total Credits: 6.5 MCLE, 2.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias
Fri, May 15, 2020 - 08:30a to 03:40p CDT - Jefferson City, Missouri
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Moderator: Benjamin B. Nelson, Allen & Nelson, PC, Columbia
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. Hannelore D. Fischer, Chief ALJ, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Jefferson City; 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: Eric R. Doner, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Jefferson City and Scott R. Pool, Gibbs Pool and Turner, PC, Jefferson City; Elizabeth W. Skinner, Van Camp Law Firm, LLC, Jefferson City
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. A.E. Daniel, MD, Columbia
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: David L. McCain Jr., Missouri Attorney General's Office, Jefferson City
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
A native of St. Louis, Eric joined the Labor Section of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Jefferson City in 2016 after completing his JD at Washington University. At the Attorney General’s Office, Eric defends the Second Injury Fund and the State of Missouri against injured workers’ claims throughout central Missouri. Eric is also one of a small number of attorneys within the Labor Section that prosecutes criminal referrals from the Fraud and Noncompliance Unit of the Department of Labor. These prosecutions range from misdemeanor prosecutions for first time workers’ compensation noncompliance to potentially felony workers’ compensation fraud prosecutions.
David McCain attended law school at UMKC. Following law school, David clerked at the Kansas Court of Appeals. He has worked at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office since 2014. David is a graduate of the MoBar Leadership Academy. He currently serves as vice chair of the Missouri Bar Government Practice Committee.
Benjamin Nelson is a partner at the law firm Allen, Nelson & Wilson in Columbia, Missouri. Benjamin represents exclusively claimants in workers’ compensation and social security disability cases, as well as plaintiffs in civil litigation involving personal injury and employment-related matters.
Scott Pool has been successfully litigating cases in Missouri since 1993. Scott is rated "A V" (the highest rating possible) by Martindale-Hubbell in the categories of Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability, Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. Scott focuses his practice in the areas of general civil litigation; medical malpractice defense; insurance defense; construction/surety litigation; employer and employee issues, including discrimination and harassment; professional licensing and governmental issues; and workers compensation.
Scott has been in private practice with Gibbs Pool and Turner, P.C., since 1999. His practice is concentrated on complex litigation. Scott developed litigation experience immediately after law school while an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri. As an Assistant Attorney General, Scott prosecuted serious criminal felonies and fraud on behalf of the State and prosecuted cases for the medical related licensing boards. He handled some of its most serious cases. Scott has significate trial practice experience (state and federal) and administrative hearing practice, including labor and employment law. Additionally, he has practiced before all three Districts of the Missouri Courts of Appeal and the Missouri Supreme Court. He is also licensed in the Western and Eastern District Court of Missouri, and has argued before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a former law clerk to Chief Justice Charles Blackmar. He is the past President of the Cole County Bar Association. Scott played Division I football in college on a full varsity athletic scholarship.
Elizabeth Skinner is the managing partner at the Van Camp Law Firm. Elizabeth is a native to the central Missouri area. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and, later, her law degree in 2005. Elizabeth joined Van Camp Law Firm when it opened in 2006 and has been a member since 2014. Since beginning her legal career, Elizabeth has always focused on helping her clients during crises and continues to do that for those who have been injured on the job. Elizabeth Skinner is a member of the Missouri Bar, Cole County Bar Association and Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Elizabeth has courtroom and trial experience throughout Missouri representing her clients in workers’ compensation cases.
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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