Continuing Legal Education

Social Security and SSI Disability Law

September 27, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
8.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Presented by Disability Law

Collinsville
Gateway Center
1 Gateway Drive
(map and directions)

Update your knowledge on Social Security and SSI Disability law
with this informative full-day seminar!


Get the information you need to better represent your clients in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income cases. Attorneys with basic to intermediate experience practicing in family law, disability law, mental health, or the general practice arena who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • The eligibility requirements for Social Security and SSI disability;
  • How to prove a disability and determine an onset date;
  • How to represent clients with mental and/or behavioral health issues;
  • The ethical issues and concerns that can arise during a Social Security and SSI case;
  • How Social Security and SSI can impact workers’ compensation claims, veteran’s benefits, and unemployment insurance benefits;
  • How Social Security and SSI can impact child support, maintenance, property distribution, and other family law matters;
  • And much more!
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

 

Program Coordinators/Moderators:
Joan A. Spiegel
, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., Alton
Roza B. Gossage, Law Office of Roza B. Gossage, P.C., Belleville

 

Agenda

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Social Security and SSI Basics
Don’t miss this presentation that offers a look at the basic concepts of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income, including eligibility requirements, application and appeal procedures, legal representation, attorney fees, and special requirements.
Diane Goffinet, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., Carbondale

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.  Social Security and SSI Complexities
This segment examines the more complex issues found in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income cases, including proving a disability, preparing a case, handling the appeal hearing, establishing an onset date for disability, children’s benefits, and handling over/underpayments.
Thomas Yates, Health and Disability Advocates, Chicago

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Ethical Issues in the Social Security/SSI Practice*
This segment examines the Social Security regulations applicable to legal representatives, ethical issues regarding submission of medical records, and ethical issues concerning collection of attorney fees.
Diane Goffinet, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., Carbondale
Thomas Yates, Health and Disability Advocates, Chicago

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch Served (provided)

  • 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.  Have lunch with a Social Security Administrative Law Judge, while asking questions about hearing practice and procedure!
    Hon. Stephen M. Hanekamp, Chief Administrative Law Judge, St. Louis Office of Disability and Adjudication Review, St. Louis

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  Workers’ Compensation and Social Security/SSI
Join us for a discussion on the impact of a Workers’ Compensation claim on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits, as well as strategies for minimizing this impact. The discussion also includes an examination of Medicare Set-Aside Trusts and conditional payment searches in the context or Workers’ Compensation litigation.
Brandy L. Johnson, Feirich, Mager, Green, Ryan, Carbondale

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  Representation of Individuals with Behavioral Health Issues
This segment offers best practice tips for representing clients with mental or behavioral health issues. Topics include: ethical issues surrounding representation of clients with behavioral health and capacity issues; building a positive relationship with the client while pursuing their claim; and a synopsis and review of recent developments under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act.
Barbara Goeben, Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, Alton

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  The Interplay between Social Security/SSI and Veterans’ Benefits
Gain a better understanding of how receipt of Veterans' benefits can impact claims for Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and vice-versa.
Yelena C. Duterte, The John Marshall Veterans Legal Support Center and Clinic, Chicago

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Social Security/SSI and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
This comprehensive overview explores the relationship between claims or receipt of Unemployment Insurance benefits, eligibility for Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income.
Joan A. Spiegel, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., Alton

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Family Law Issues and Social Security/SSI
This presentation examines the impact of property, maintenance and child support awards on eligibility for and receipt of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits.
Roza B. Gossage, Law Office of Roza B. Gossage, P.C., Belleville

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Ethical Issues involving Family Law and Social Security/SSI*
This segment addresses the potential conflicts that can arise (as well as attorney duties) in guardianships and family law cases.
Roza B. Gossage, Law Office of Roza B. Gossage, P.C., Belleville