FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2023
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Marijuana Use and How It Can Alter Judgment, Perception and Behavior†
Carla J. Kinslow, Ph.D., Rimkus, Houston, TX
Gain a better understanding of the effects of marijuana use (both recreationally and medicinally) on attorneys and claimants, how those effects relate to risk of accident and injury, and how toxicology can be used to help you understand these risks before an accident occurs.
10:10 It's a Grey Matter (of Law)
Dr. O. Del Curling Jr., Neurosurgery and Pain Specialists, Winston-Salem
Casey Francis, The Deuterman Law Group, Greensboro
Amy Pagani, Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, Raleigh
Hear from a neurosurgeon and two experienced workers' compensation attorneys as they discuss traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and permanent partial disability (PPD) ratings.
11:40 Lunch Break
1:00 Forms and Motions Practice Before the Claims Administration Section and the Executive Secretary's Office
Brittany Brown Walton, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Raleigh
Meredith Henderson, North Carolina Industrial Commission, Raleigh
Receive practical tips on arguing Form 24s and Form 23s and medical motions, followed by a discussion of assigning discretionary awards under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-31.
2:10 Labor Marker and Vocational Rehabilitation Implications of the Pandemic
Michael A. Fryar, Fryar Rehabilitation Services, Kernersville
Gina Vieceli, Professional Vocational Services, Holly Springs
This session provides an analysis of the changes in vocational rehabilitation during and after the pandemic. The speakers also evaluate labor market changes and the overall subsequent impact.
3:20 Navigating Mediation Ethics Challenges While Advocating for Your Client≠ *
Jacqueline R. "Jackie" Clare, Mediator, Raleigh
Thomas M. "Tom" Clare, Mediator, Raleigh
Dolph Sumner, Mullen Holland & Cooper, Gastonia
During this discussion, panelists explore issues that arise within mediation and how to effectively maintain ethical standards while still zealously representing your client.
4:20 Adjourn for the day
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2023
8:55 Introductions and Announcements
9:00 Return-to-Work Issues in Workers' Compensation
Dr. Mark Dumonski, Guilford Orthopedics, Greensboro
Hear a physician's perspective on returning injured employees back to work.
10:10 Murdaugh, Murder and Murky Ethics*
Charles "Trey" Collier III, The Collier Law Firm, Charlotte
Brian Groesser, Midkiff Muncie & Ross, Raleigh
Join us for a discussion of the various ethical pitfalls centered around the notorious Alex Murdaugh murder case in South Carolina.
11:20 Case Law Update
Heather T. Baker, Teague Campbell, Raleigh
Cameron D. Simmons, Cameron Simmons Law, Wilmington
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
≠ Indicates portion providing NC Dispute Resolution Commission Continuing Mediator Education
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