Continuing Legal Education

Advanced Workers’ Compensation (FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS)

October 14, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

Fairview Heights
Four Points Sheraton
319 Fountains Parkway
(map and directions)

Get the updates you need to practice with confidence with this full-day
seminar that examines a broad spectrum of workers’ compensation issues!

Join us for a discussion on the application of recent amendments to cases at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, as well as a look at the updates to current case law. Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners with advanced levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How to present your case to the Industrial Commission and reviewing courts;
  • The recent cases affecting workers’ compensation law;
  • How to safeguard your workers’ compensation practice from unethical concerns while using the Internet and social media;
  • How the American Medical Association guidelines are applied;
  • How to address workers’ compensation issues in telecommute and off-site work cases;
  • Medicare set asides; 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 Coordinator/Moderator:
John B. Adams
, Attorney at Law, Libertyville



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Judicial Corner
Get the information and insight you need for presenting your case to the Industrial Commission and the reviewing courts!
Hon. Thomas M. Harris, Jr., Fourth District Appellate Court, Lincoln
Hon. Phillip J. Rarick, Illinois Supreme Court (2002-2004), Granite City
Hon. Bruce D. Stewart, Fifth District Appellate Court, Harrisburg

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Case Law Update
This segment discusses the recent cases that have affected the workers’ compensation practice.
T. Fritz Levenhagen, Levenhagen Law, Belleville

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

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Ethics: Using the Internet and Social Media*
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.
Michael P. Downey, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis

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

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  AMA Guidelines and Their Use at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
Discover how the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is using the American Medical Association guidelines in workers’ compensation cases.
Bradford J. Peterson, Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen P.C., Urbana

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Telecommuting: Off-Site Work Sites
Join us for a discussion about what other jurisdictions are doing in telecommunicating cases.
Robert C. Nelson, Nelson & Nelson, Belleville
Carol A. Hartline, WilliamsMcCarthy, LLP, Rockford

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

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Social Security: Medicare Set Asides
This presentation examines how Social Security and Medicare interact with workers’ compensation cases.
Patrick D. Czuprynski, Nyhan Bambrick Kinzie & Lowry P.C., Chicago


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval