8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Cases Every Workers' Compensation Attorney Should Know
Michael W. Ballance, Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC, Raleigh
Review the top 10 cases you need to know as a practicing workers' compensation attorney.
10:10 Challenges Faced on Both Sides of a Claim
Paul C. McCoy, Lewis & Roberts PLLC, Raleigh
Vernon Sumwalt, The Sumwalt Group Workers' Comp and Trial Lawyers, Charlotte
Listen as attorneys from opposing sides discuss how to manage difficult clients and strategically navigate through some tricky issues.
11:20 Appearing Before the NC Industrial Commission
Ashley M. Moore, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Raleigh
William W. "Bill" Peaslee, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Raleigh
Hear practical tips for writing opinions and awards, and for appearing before the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
12:20 Lunch Break
12:50 Non-insured and Fines
Julia M. Harris, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh
Delve into the different dockets — penalty dockets, non-insured dockets and contempt dockets — and their role in workers' compensation claims. Discuss the calculation of the alternate penalty, explore the agricultural exemption, and find out how to determine if the new or former N.C.G.S. § 97-94(b) applies to your case.
2:00 Appearing Before the North Carolina Court of Appeals
Angela F. Craddock, Young Moore and Henderson PA, Raleigh
M. Duane Jones, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, Charlotte
Gain insight into appearing and arguing before the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
3:10 Mediation for Workers' Compensation Attorneys≠
Jacqueline R. "Jackie" Clare, Jacqueline R. Clare Attorney at Law, Raleigh
Thomas M. Clare, Thomas M. Clare Attorney at Law, Raleigh
Learn about the nuts and bolts of a workers' compensation mediation, including an overview of the North Carolina Industrial Commission mediation rules, the Standards of Professional Conduct and advisory opinions that act as guides for mediators.
≠ Indicates portion providing NC Dispute Resolution Commission Continuing Mediator Education