2017 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum

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2017 Florida Bar  

Workers' Compensation Forum

April 6th - 7th, 2017

Register Today!

Educational Workshops Begin  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

   

The Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar partners with Florida's Association of Workers' Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP) to present the 2017 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum.  The Forum will feature two exceptional tracks of advanced legal programming, all centered around the Bar's traditional Workers' Compensation Board Certification Review Course and adjuster CWCL certification. New speakers and topics will equip you with the tools needed to thrive in today's workers' compensation industry.    

 ** Reminder: Claims Professionals who attained their CWCL designation in 2008, 2011 & 2014 must attend this year's Forum to maintain their designation**

Registration Includes:

Two day seminar, with Forum Course Book and eBook 


Two days of continental breakfasts, breaks and lunches

  Welcome Cocktails in David's Club on April 5th from
7:00 - 8:00 p.m., and a Thursday Afternoon Reception immediately following the day's educational event 


The WCCP Association

P.O. Box 128 

Dade City, FL 33526 

Phone: (800) 642-7774 | Fax: (866) 616-1220

www.wccp.org  

 

 

Professionalism Seminar

I just learned of a Professionalism Seminar being presented by the Dade County Bar Association. It looks like an interesting line-up of speakers. Professionalism and the Florida Bar's recent efforts to promote and educate through local Professionalism Panels will be a focus. The details are below.  For more information, visit the bar site

https://www.dadecountybar.org/professionalism-seminar-luncheon/

 

This MUST ATTEND seminar includes coverage of the mandatory NEW RULES and PROCEDURES that all lawyers are required to follow, including the Florida Supreme Court Standards of Expected Professional Behavior and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Standards of Professionalism and Civility. All Florida lawyers must comply with the Florida Supreme Court Standards and all lawyers practicing in the Miami-Dade County Circuit and County Courts must comply with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Standards. The Supreme Court and Eleventh Judicial Circuit standards and rules each consist of multiple sets of guidelines. This seminar will help participants to understand their obligations, and includes an original INDEX and COMPENDIUM of the state and local standards and rules that has been prepared specially for this event.

The seminar also includes coverage of the Supreme Court of Florida Code for Resolving Professionalism Complaints and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Procedural Rules Governing Local Professionalism Panels. The state and local code and rules establish and govern the local Professionalism Panels comprised of lawyers who receive and hear professionalism complaints by other lawyers, judges and members of the public. The Professionalism Panels have the power to report respondents to The Florida Bar in the form of Bar Complaints. Participants will learn about how the Professionalism Panels function, and the state and local professionalism standards and rules that the Panels consider in hearing complaints.

A FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, the CHIEF JUDGE OF THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, and the present, past and future FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENTS will instruct participants on what they expect from lawyers and what lawyers can expect from judges under the standards and rules, and will gain surprising and valuable insight on what judges really think. Participants will be trained in practical ways to handle the "power players" who break the rules, and will hear from bar leaders about the power of professionalism to enhance credibility with judges, optimize working relationships with opposing counsel, and elevate their law practices. Personal anecdotes will be used to expose the fallacy that aggressive tactics demonstrate legal ability or achieve results, and to illustrate how rudeness and incivility holds lawyers back in their careers.

SEMINARS INCLUDE:

"Professionalism Past, Present and Future: A Call to Action" featuring Florida Bar President William Schifino, Florida Bar President Elect Michael Higer and Past Florida Bar President Ed Blumberg, and moderated by Leslie Lott, a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors

"The Pillars of Success: Professionalism and Civility" featuring Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Bertila Soto, and Circuit Court Judges Thomas Rebull and Miguel de la O, and moderated by Past Florida Bar President Ed Blumberg.

"The Power of Professionalism: Practical Approaches to Tame the Power Players" featuring Circuit Court Judges Stan Blake and Jorge Cueto

"Seeing the Unseen: Shining a Light on Subtle Forms of Exclusion That Hold Us Back" featuring Circuit Court Judges Ellen Venzer and Scott Bernstein and bar leaders Rebecca Ocariz and Nikki Lewis Simon

A breakfast will be served beginning 7:45 am and a networking coffee break sponsored by Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company will take place at 10:00 am.

LUNCHEON PROGRAM FEATURES KEYNOTE SPEAKER

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE FRED LEWIS

 

4.0 CLE Credits Florida Bar approved

Includes Professionalism & Ethics

Seminar

(3 Hrs of CLE)

$80 for Members

$105 for Non-members 

Luncheon

(1 Hr of CLE)

$45 for Members

$60 for Non-Members 

This MUST ATTEND seminar includes coverage of the mandatory NEW RULES and PROCEDURES that all lawyers are required to follow, including the Florida Supreme Court Standards of Expected Professional Behavior and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Standards of Professionalism and Civility. All Florida lawyers must comply with the Florida Supreme Court Standards and all lawyers practicing in the Miami-Dade County Circuit and County Courts must comply with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Standards. The Supreme Court and Eleventh Judicial Circuit standards and rules each consist of multiple sets of guidelines. This seminar will help participants to understand their obligations, and includes an original INDEX and COMPENDIUM of the state and local standards and rules that has been prepared specially for this event.

The seminar also includes coverage of the Supreme Court of Florida Code for Resolving Professionalism Complaints and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Procedural Rules Governing Local Professionalism Panels. The state and local code and rules establish and govern the local Professionalism Panels comprised of lawyers who receive and hear professionalism complaints by other lawyers, judges and members of the public. The Professionalism Panels have the power to report respondents to The Florida Bar in the form of Bar Complaints. Participants will learn about how the Professionalism Panels function, and the state and local professionalism standards and rules that the Panels consider in hearing complaints.

A FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, the CHIEF JUDGE OF THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, and the present, past and future FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENTS will instruct participants on what they expect from lawyers and what lawyers can expect from judges under the standards and rules, and will gain surprising and valuable insight on what judges really think. Participants will be trained in practical ways to handle the "power players" who break the rules, and will hear from bar leaders about the power of professionalism to enhance credibility with judges, optimize working relationships with opposing counsel, and elevate their law practices. Personal anecdotes will be used to expose the fallacy that aggressive tactics demonstrate legal ability or achieve results, and to illustrate how rudeness and incivility holds lawyers back in their careers.

SEMINARS INCLUDE:

"Professionalism Past, Present and Future: A Call to Action" featuring Florida Bar President William Schifino, Florida Bar President Elect Michael Higer and Past Florida Bar President Ed Blumberg, and moderated by Leslie Lott, a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors

"The Pillars of Success: Professionalism and Civility" featuring Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Bertila Soto, and Circuit Court Judges Thomas Rebull and Miguel de la O, and moderated by Past Florida Bar President Ed Blumberg.

"The Power of Professionalism: Practical Approaches to Tame the Power Players" featuring Circuit Court Judges Stan Blake and Jorge Cueto

"Seeing the Unseen: Shining a Light on Subtle Forms of Exclusion That Hold Us Back" featuring Circuit Court Judges Ellen Venzer and Scott Bernstein and bar leaders Rebecca Ocariz and Nikki Lewis Simon

A breakfast will be served beginning 7:45 am and a networking coffee break sponsored by Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company will take place at 10:00 am.

LUNCHEON PROGRAM FEATURES KEYNOTE SPEAKER

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE FRED LEWIS

 

4.0 CLE Credits Florida Bar approved

Includes Professionalism & Ethics

Seminar

(3 Hrs of CLE)

$80 for Members

$105 for Non-members 

Luncheon

(1 Hr of CLE)

$45 for Members

$60 for Non-Members 

Judge Pitts Honored

Frank Wesighan wrote to me recently. He was proud to announce the Weiland Inn of Courts' decision to present its inaugural professionalism award. He graciously gave me permission to reprint his thoughts here. The following is authored by him. I would add that it is heartwarming to see the Inns movement gaining such traction in workers' compensation. With two workers' compensation Inns in Florida and two others being discussed, we have much for which to be thankful and of which to be proud.

On July 12 we presented the inaugural David Hammond Professionalism Award to the President and Co-founder of our Inn, Judge Neal Pitts. Judge Pitts was selected from 11 nominees by our Professionalism Committee which is comprised of JCCs, state and private mediators, claimant attorneys, and employer/carrier attorneys. The main criteria for the award are professionalism, preparation, legal knowledge, ethics, respect by all parties, honesty, conduct, longevity.

David Hammond was a well-respected claimant attorney here in Orlando who was taken from us in 2001 at the age of 51.  He was known for all of these qualities and our award was named for him by unanimous vote. We were honored to have his family – wife Cheryl, daughter Kate, son Mark present for the award.  

JCC Pitts received standing ovation upon receiving the award. We will present our award annually.

 

 We were also honored to have Claude Revels as our guest speaker who spoke on the projected impact of the recent cases on the WC system, his suggestions for areas which need to be modified, and how all of us need to work together to make the WC system better.  His speech was well-received by our members and although he is recently retired, his knowledge and experience would be an asset to future projected legislative discussions. 

Judge Pitts Honored

Frank Wesighan wrote to me recently. He was proud to announce the Weiland Inn of Courts' decision to present its inaugural professionalism award. He graciously gave me permission to reprint his thoughts here. The following is authored by him. I would add that it is heartwarming to see the Inns movement gaining such traction in workers' compensation. With two workers' compensation Inns in Florida and two others being discussed, we have much for which to be thankful and of which to be proud.

On July 12 we presented the inaugural David Hammond Professionalism Award to the President and Co-founder of our Inn, Judge Neal Pitts. Judge Pitts was selected from 11 nominees by our Professionalism Committee which is comprised of JCCs, state and private mediators, claimant attorneys, and employer/carrier attorneys. The main criteria for the award are professionalism, preparation, legal knowledge, ethics, respect by all parties, honesty, conduct, longevity.

David Hammond was a well-respected claimant attorney here in Orlando who was taken from us in 2001 at the age of 51.  He was known for all of these qualities and our award was named for him by unanimous vote. We were honored to have his family – wife Cheryl, daughter Kate, son Mark present for the award.  

JCC Pitts received standing ovation upon receiving the award. We will present our award annually.

 

 We were also honored to have Claude Revels as our guest speaker who spoke on the projected impact of the recent cases on the WC system, his suggestions for areas which need to be modified, and how all of us need to work together to make the WC system better.  His speech was well-received by our members and although he is recently retired, his knowledge and experience would be an asset to future projected legislative discussions. 

Judge Pitts Honored

Frank Wesighan wrote to me recently. He was proud to announce the Weiland Inn of Courts' decision to present its inaugural professionalism award. He graciously gave me permission to reprint his thoughts here. The following is authored by him. I would add that it is heartwarming to see the Inns movement gaining such traction in workers' compensation. With two workers' compensation Inns in Florida and two others being discussed, we have much for which to be thankful and of which to be proud.

 

On July 12 we presented the inaugural David Hammond Professionalism Award to the President and Co-founder of our Inn, Judge Neal Pitts. Judge Pitts was selected from 11 nominees by our Professionalism Committee which is comprised of JCCs, state and private mediators, claimant attorneys, and employer/carrier attorneys. The main criteria for the award are professionalism, preparation, legal knowledge, ethics, respect by all parties, honesty, conduct, longevity.

David Hammond was a well-respected claimant attorney here in Orlando who was taken from us in 2001 at the age of 51.  He was known for all of these qualities and our award was named for him by unanimous vote. We were honored to have his family – wife Cheryl, daughter Kate, son Mark present for the award.  

JCC Pitts received standing ovation upon receiving the award. We will present our award annually.

 We were also honored to have Claude Revels as our guest speaker who spoke on the projected impact of the recent cases on the WC system, his suggestions for areas which need to be modified, and how all of us need to work together to make the WC system better.  His speech was well-received by our members and although he is recently retired, his knowledge and experience would be an asset to future projected legislative discussions. 

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