Continuing Legal Education

Advanced Workers' Compensation - Fall 2012 (CHICAGO)

October 8, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Stay abreast of the ever-changing workers’ compensation laws
and improve the outcome of your cases by attending this Law Ed program!

Get the updates you need to practice with confidence with this full-day seminar that examines a broad spectrum of workers’ compensation issues. Labor/employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners with advanced levels of practice experience will better understand:

  • what Justices and arbitrators look for in a case;
  • the recent cases affecting workers’ compensation law;
  • the ethical concerns that may arise throughout a workers’ compensation practice;
  • how the American Medical Association guidelines are applied; and
  • how the Illinois courts are handling mental stress cases.
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 Coordinator:
John B. Adams
, Roddy, Leahy, Guill & Zima, Ltd., Chicago

Program Moderator:
Christine M. Ory
, Law Office of Christine M. Ory, P.C., Wheaton



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Judicial Corner
This comprehensive discussion offers a better understanding of what arbitrators and Appellate Court Justices looks for in workers’ compensation cases.
Hon. William E. Holdridge, Third District Appellate Court, Peoria
Joann M. Fratianni, Arbitrator, Illinois Workers Compensation Commission, Lake Forest

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Case Law Update
This segment discusses the recent cases that have affected the workers’ compensation practice.
Carol A. Cesaretti, Bryce Downey & Lenkov, Chicago

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Ethics: Things a Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know*
Discover the various ethical issues you might face as a workers’ compensation practitioner and discuss how ethical behavior benefits both your client and your practice.
David M. Barish, Katz Friedman Eagle etal, Chicago

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  AMA Guidelines: IME Section 12 Exams
Join us for an exploration of the American Medical Association’s guidelines and how they are applied in workers’ compensation examinations.
Dr. Jesse Butler, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Spine Consultants, Park Ridge

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  AMA Guidelines: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
Discover how the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is using the American Medical Association guidelines in workers’ compensation cases.
Deborah A. Benzing, Law Offices of Meachum Starck and Boyle, Chicago

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Mental Stress Cases
Gain a better understanding of how Illinois courts are deciding in mental stress cases with this informative session.
Richard D. Hannigan, Hannigan & Botha, Mundelein