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COVID, COVID, Go Away, Workers' Comp. Is Here to Stay (2021 Workers' Compensation Winter Program)

This past year has been challenging for many, but unprecedented for all. Plaintiff's attorneys, defense attorneys and third-party neutrals alike have had to figure out the mechanics of working remotely and socially distancing, while also maintaining professional relationships, effectively advocating for clients, and adhering to the long-standing rules and procedures that make up the practice of workers' compensation law.

This program looks at the new "normal" of the workers' compensation practice and revisits some of the fundamental concepts that got the practice where it is today. It also explores newly emerging ideas that many come across but may not fully understand.

Although the practice may look different in its current state, one thing is for sure, workers' compensation is here to STAY!


  • Looking Back at the Origins and Policy Considerations of the Industrial Commission Mediation Program
  • Social Media Ethics
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • NuShield Certified Medicare Set-Aside Program
  • Case Law Update
  • Substance Abuse
  • How To Evaluate Non-Submit Medicare Set-Asides (MSA)
  • Should You Become a Workers' Compensation Specialist?
  • CBD Products and Pain Management
  • Case Management Challenges During a Pandemic
  • Non-insured and Fines

Live Webcast 
Thursday-Friday, February 4-5, 2021
Day 1: 1:25–4:50 PM
Day 2: 8:55 AM–4:30 PM

Click here to view the full program agenda.


  • Heather T. Baker, Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham LLP, Raleigh
  • James L. "Jim" Blackburn, Jim Blackburn Seminars, Raleigh
  • Barbara Fairchild, NuQuest, Longwood, FL
  • April Groff, Ph.D., Learning Services Raleigh Program, Raleigh
  • Bruce A. Hamilton, Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham LLP, Raleigh
  • Vicki Hewitt-McNeil, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Raleigh
  • Frank C. Laney, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Cary
  • Mary Grace Roberson Linthicum, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
  • Annemarie Pantazis, Wilder Pantazis Law Group, Charlotte
  • Daniel C. "Dan" Pope Jr., Wilson Ratledge PLLC, Raleigh
  • Robert Sagrillo, NuQuest, Longwood, FL
  • James Taylor, M.D., Carolina Medical Investments LLC, Southern Pines
  • Uta Marie Zacharias, Lawyers Mutual Liability Company, Cary

NCBA Workers' Compensation Section

  • B. Jeanette Byrum, Stiles Byrum & Horne LLP, Charlotte (Planner)
  • Sherman L. Criner, Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Carolinas, Wilmington (Planner)

North Carolina: 9.00 MCLE Hours

1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility
1.00 Substance Abuse/Mental Health
1.00 Technology Training
Qualifies for NC State Bar Workers' Compensation Law Specialization


See pricing below. Discounts may be available for NCBA members who are students, law professors, judges or legal services/public interest attorneys. Call CLE at 919.677.0561 for details.