The Sections of The State Bar of California are pleased to present the 2017 Sections Convention – a networking and learning opportunity planned especially for California attorneys and legal professionals.
Friday-Saturday, August 18-19, 2017
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Spa
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
You can now register online for this program.
This inaugural event is the new platform for the State Bar Sections’ stellar programs and events previously offered at The State Bar of California Annual Meeting.
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We're pleased to announce this year's recipients! The awards will be presented during a reception at the Sections Convention.
Mr. Thomas is a partner in the law firm of Thomas, Lyding, Cartier, Arnone and Daily. He graduated from San Francisco State in 1960 and received his J.D. degree from Golden Gate College in June of 1967. He was admitted to The State Bar of California in December of 1967 and was certified as a Workers' Compensation Specialist by the bar in November of 1973.
He is a past chairman of the Association of Compensation Defense Attorneys of Northern California and past member of the State Bar Workers' Compensation Advisory Commission. He has served on the legislative committee of the Defense Attorneys' Association. He has participated as a panel member in numberous programs for the Continuing Education of the State Bar and has taught and lectured extensively in the field of workers' compensation.
Mr. Thomas is married and has four children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Robert A. McLaughlin is a 1984 graduate of Boston University, where he majored in economics. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Economics at Claremont Graduate School in 1986. He graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1990. That same year he was admitted to the California State Bar. He is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association.
Mr. McLaughlin is currently on the executive board in the role as Treasurer of the California Applicant’s Attorneys Association and is a board member of the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group. Mr. McLaughlin is a past President of the San Diego County Chapter of CAAA.
Mr. McLaughlin is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation issues and has been a panelist and speaker at several conventions and seminars hosted by defense, applicant and third-party organizations. He is also a frequent speaker at CAAA conventions and seminars. His paper on HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), the Privacy Rule and the Longshore Act was published in the Loyola Maritime Law Journal in November 2013. Mr. McLaughlin has his own practice in San Diego, CA specializing in workers' compensation, wage & hour, employment law and personal injury. When Mr. McLaughlin is not at work or lecturing he can usually be found either at the Del Mar Racetrack, wine/microbrew tasting, traveling or as a dedicated 'foodie' dining at unique and interesting restaurants.
After graduating from UC Hastings, Carol Powell was admitted to practice law by the State Bar in 1985. This year will mark her 30th year with Mullen & Filippi, LLP and her 20th year as a Senior Equity Partner. She has been on Mullen & Filippi’s 3 person Management Committee since 2010, helping oversee the Firm’s 15 offices throughout California.
Ms. Powell has been a certified workers’ compensation specialist by the State Bar since 2003, and serves as a Pro Tem Judge at the Oakland WCAB. She is involved in many charitable events through the Rotary Club, various student mentoring programs, and the Oakland Mayor’s Toy Drive. She is a frequent organizer, moderator and speaker at client seminars and industry conventions.
When not travelling the State on these many activities, Ms. Powell can be found managing Mullen & Filippi’s Oakland office, and representing primarily Bay Area hospitals and schools. She would like to thank her spouse of 30 years, Ted White, and her son Grant, for their constant support and patience.
The Hon. Dudley Phenix has been a Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge for the California Department of Industrial Relations since August 2007. Some of his recent cases include Larkin v. WCAB (with the California Supreme Court agreeing with the trial level decision); Gage v. WCAB (with the Third District Court of Appeals agreeing with the trial level decision), and; Maxham v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitiation that became a WCAB en banc decision.
Judge Phenix graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a Bachelors of Arts Degree, and received his Juris Doctorate from U.C. Davis in 1990. From 1993 to 1998 he worked as an associated attorney and then partner for the firm of Jones, Clifford, McDevitt, Naekel and Johnson. The firm handled workers' comp;nesation cases with a focus on public safety cases, and also handled numerous PERS' disability hearings.
From January 2006 to June of 2007, he owned and operated the Law Offices of Dudley R. Phoenix, and in June 0f 2006 was identified in Sacramento Magazine as "one of Sacramento's best lawyers." In August 2006, he argued the apportionment case Koppin v. CHP before the Third District Court of Appeal. In June, 2007 he was hired by the California Department of Public Health as Staff Counsel.
Ms. Trejo attended Highland High School in Bakersfield, before earning her bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal State Bakersfield and her master’s degree in political science from Cal State Northridge. At both universities, she was part of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society. Trejo earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio. While in law school, Ms. Trejo became a regional semifinalist at the National Trial Competition.
Trejo has practiced in front of the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board since 2012. She began her practice for as a defense attorney, representing, self-insured employers, insurance companies, private employers, municipalities, school districts, and governmental entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense. In 2015, Ms. Trejo switched sides and began representing injured workers as an associate attorney at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. She is currently the president of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, Bakersfield Chapter. Trejo is fluent in Spanish, and appears on local Spanish radio stations, assisting local residents with their legal questions. Outside of the office, she supports local programs focused on advancing Latinos and Latinas in Kern County, fundraising for cancer research, prevention, and awareness, and enjoys being physically active through CrossFit.
© Copyright 2017 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. This article originally appeared in the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter – California Edition, a free service, www.lexisnexis.com/wcnews. In early 2017, a PQME referral company hosted a continuing medical education (CME) program for its panel QME physicians in the Southern California area. The first three hours of the six hour program featured an applicant’s attorney, a defense attorney, and a workers’ compensation judge who separately presented a curriculum to over 100 doctors in various pecialties that included topics that were requested by the company’s administration. The teaching points focused on how to write medical reports that constitute substantial medical evidence and which conclusions are based on reasonable medical probability. The topics included the definition and examples of cumulative trauma injuries, causation of injury, causation of permanent disability, WPI ratings, and apportionment. Plenty of real life examples were given. Read more.
As a benefit of Section membership, the state bar is pleased to offer six hours of MCLE credit, offering credit in all of the MCLE subfields, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress and Legal Ethics. Just watch these programs found at the link below, and keep a record of having done so, in the event you're audited for MCLE compliance. http://members.calbar.ca.gov/sections/workerscomp/ State Bar Workers’ Comp Section members may also use this link to access a plethora of our most popular articles from our publications.
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering self-study MCLE credit in the areas of Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and in Society. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area. Simply watch the programs and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.
See Online CLE and click on Workers' Compensation to find out how you can get online participatory MCLE credit for Workers' Compensation programs at your convenience. Choose from a wide selection of State Bar of California MCLE programs at both modem and broadband connection speeds. For information about other options for CLE credit, see Education .
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Workers' Compensation Section, you're eligible for:
A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area . Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site .
Workers' Compensation Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639