Podcast category: Legal News

Special Reports

2014 WILG Conference: Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters on Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Law

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation lawyers Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. They discuss the cutbacks in the US Department of Labor and how that affects the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), and the Defense Base Act (DBA) cases. Birnbaum exclusively handles Longshore and Harbor workers, Defense Base Act, and non appropriated funds cases and Peters works with Longshore and Harbor and Defense Base Act cases in Seattle.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Billie-Marie Morrison on Social Media Ethical Considerations

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Billie-Marie Morrison about the ethical and legal considerations surrounding social media use at the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group’s 2014 Conference. Morrison explains that lawyers often think of social media when marketing, hiring, or advertising, but forget the ethical implications of giving legal advice in personal blogs or tweets. During a case, she emphasizes, anything written on social media by lawyers, legal staff, or clients can be discoverable. Billie-Marie Morrison is an attorney at Craig P. Kenny & Associates in Las Vegas and is a presenter at the WILG conference.

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2014 WILG Conference: Gilda Mariani on Employer Misclassification Fraud

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Gilda Mariani about the New York State Supreme Court’s Grand Jury Report at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. After the Grand Jury Report on employer fraud was released, Mariani explains, the response and next steps involved a roundtable discussion including employees, employers, chairs of New York Bar associations, city council members, a member of legislature, and a data analyst. The courses of action suggested included addressing legislation and putting together a pilot study to help detect elements of employer fraud. Gilda Mariani discussed aspects of premium fraud at a WILG event called Employer Misclassification Fraud.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Bruce Goldstein on Immigration Policy and Migrant Workers

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Farmworker Justice President Bruce Goldstein at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Goldstein describes the impact immigration policy has on farm workers’ ability to access workers’ compensation programs and other labor rights. He explains that 50-70% undocumented migrant or seasonal farmworkers are being exploited due to fear of deportation, minimal education, or lack of legal assistance. Farmworker Justice is a Washington D.C. based organization that focuses on immigration policy, labor rights, occupational safety, health, and access to justice for migrant farmworkers.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Scott Trost and Nate Mudd on Mesothelioma Cases

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Scott Trost and Nate Mudd about the effects of asbestos at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. They discuss mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos, how a 10 to 50 year latency period in effects has legal causation issues, guidelines for asbestos removal, and the enforcement of civil liability for the manufacturers. Trost and Mudd work for Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, a firm entirely focused on representing mesothelioma victims and their families.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Jane-Robin Wender on the Padgett Case and Florida’s Laws

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews litigator Jane-Robin Wender about Constitutional issues associated with the developments in workers’ compensation laws in Florida at the 2014 Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Wender describes the case of Padgett v. State of Florida and explains how workers’ compensation benefits in Florida have been slowly reduced to the point of inadequacy, and therefore many now consider them unconstitutional. Wender and Pierce discuss two other related cases, Westphal and Castellanos, the implications of each case, and how they fit into the Padgett decision. Jane-Robin Wender has been in workers compensation for over 20 years and is a litigator in pursuit of wrongfully denied benefits.

 

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2014 WILG Conference: Interview with Keynote Speaker Jason Schechterle

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews Jason Schechterle, the keynote speaker at the 2014 Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference. Schechterle survived being hit in his police car by another car going 100 mph. His car burst into flames and he endured 700 degree temperatures. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He discusses how he has succeeded through 52 surgeries, his experience listening to interviews on the night of the accident, and the response of his wife and three children. Since the accident in 2001, Schechterle travels the country as a motivational speaker and has written two books about his experiences, Burning Shield and Beyond the Flames.

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2014 WILG Conference: George Santini on Opting out of Workers’ Compensation

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews attorney George Santini at the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group’s 2014 Conference. Santini discusses states that allow businesses to opt out of workers compensation, the “exclusive remedy” provisions of workers’ compensation law, dispute resolution in these states, and constitutional or legal challenges to the adequacy of these benefits. George Santini has had a private practice since 1984 focusing on workers compensation, personal injury, and domestic relations and is a speaker at the WILG conference.

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2014 WILG Conference: Annemarie Pantazis on the Affordable Care Act

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce interviews attorney Annemarie Pantazis at the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group’s 2014 Conference. They discuss how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, affects workers compensation benefits, the ACA’s policy on subrogation of treatment provided during the pendency of the case, and income qualifications for the ACA vs Medicaid. Annemarie Pantazis is a workers’ comp attorney who has been practicing for 15 years, a board certified specialist, and on one of the panels at the WILG conference.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

The College of Law Practice Management’s 2014 Futures Conference

The College of Law Practice Management recently held its 2014 Futures Conference at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. This conference brings together members of the College of Law Practice Management and young innovative lawyers to discuss what the future of law practice might look like and how the attendees might provide an influential voice.  Dennis and Tom participated in the program and came away with some interesting insights about the direction innovative lawyers are headed. They also have some feedback about what worked for the conference and what they might have changed.

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell talk about the 2014 Futures Conference, the future of law practice, and the role technology is likely to play in that future. The conference, they explain, featured programming as well as an innovation discussion surrounding a “Ted Talks” then “Shark Tank” concept of quickly coming up with ideas and then collaborating to develop the best of them. Mighell noted the most common ideas involved providing services to underserved demographics who don’t have proper access to legal resources. He discusses the importance of narrowing and developing broad concepts and whether we should revisit old ideas in light of new technology. Kennedy wishes there had been more group time to develop ideas. He also discusses balancing programming and free time in the College of Law Practice Management’s Futures Conference and another he attended this year. Overall, both enjoyed the conference, and were please to see that Suffolk Law School is teaching legal technology, process improvement, project management so new lawyers can be “practice ready”.

After the break, Kennedy and Mighell discuss the new iPads that were released, the benefits of each, and the excitement (or lack of excitement) surrounding tablets. Kennedy tentatively decides on the iPad Air 2 with 64 gigabytes, Applecare, a smart cover, and the Apple wireless keyboard. Tom notes the thinness of the new iPads and the decreasing enthusiasm for buying new iPads. As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

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