2018 Workers' Compensation CLE

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


2018 Workers' Compensation CLE
Chairpersons Doug Palmer and Brian Wright
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Westin Hotel, Seattle or via Webcast
5.75 Law & Legal Credits • 0.5 Ethics credits

8:20-8:30 Welcome & Opening
Seminar Chairs

8:30-9:00 Legislative Update
Michael Temple, WSAJ Government Affairs Counsel

9:00-9:45 Case Law Update
Bill Hochberg, Edmonds Attorney

9:45-10:00 DLI Policy/WAC Update
Tara Phillips, Olympia Paralegal

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-10:45 How to Get a Guardian Ad Litem
Joe Koplin, Kirkland Attorney & Nick Pleasants, Bellevue Attorney

10:45-11:15 Discovery Ethics
Jane Dale, Seattle Attorney

11:15-12:00 Discovery Panel
Elizabeth LePley, Bellevue Attorney & Katherine Mason, Seattle Attorney

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:05 Does Authorization of Procedure = Acceptance?
Doug Palmer, Vancouver, WA Attorney

1:05-1:25 Challenging a Department Rule
Brian Wright, Seattle Attorney

1:25-1:45 In re Douglas R. Palmer and RCW 51.32.055
Doug Palmer, Vancouver, WA Attorney

1:45-2:15 What a VRC Wants You to Know
John Cary, MA, CRC, CDMS,Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, OSC Vocational Systems, Inc.

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:00 Good Client Intake
Tara Reck, Seattle Attorney

3:00-4:00 A Thorough Orthopedic Examination
Gary Schuster, MD, Internal Medicine & Sports Medicine, Swedish Hospital, Seattle

Doug M. Palmer
Doug Palmer is your fearless Section Leader. Some people say that he has been the greatest leader ever. Those who say his time as leader will be over soon are merely leading a witch hunt and reporting fake news. In addition to leading without fear,...More
Brian Michael Wright
Brian Wright is an attorney at Causey Wright, P.S. He has been involved in workers’ compensation since 2005 when he began working for a (now defunct) independent medical examination firm assuring the quality of medical reports and addenda. Brian took...More
Michael E. Temple
Michael Temple has worked in and around the Washington State Legislature for some time. He served as Attorney to the Speaker of the House and later as Counsel to the Senate Majority Leader. Mr. Temple first represented WSAJ as a lobbyist after tort...More
William D. Hochberg
William D. Hochberg, the managing partner at Hochberg & Hamar, leads a group of dedicated attorneys and staff in Edmonds, Washington. Mr. Hochberg limits his practice to Washington State and Longshore workers' compensation, personal injury, and...More
Tara Phillips
Tara Phillips is a current workers’ compensation paralegal for Jack W. Hanemann and was an L&I claims manager for 3 years. She enjoys being on this side of L&I much more!
Joe Koplin
Joseph Koplin, a 1977 graduate of George Washington University Law School and east-coast refugee, represents injured and disabled clients in workers compensation, social security disability, and personal injury claims. He “retired” from my firm...More
Nick Pleasants
Nick Pleasants is an attorney in Bellevue, WA practicing in Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, and Guardianship. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2015 with a JD and LLM in Taxation. His practice is mostly transactional,...More
Jane Dale
Jane Dale is a litigation attorney who practiced in a variety of legal areas before finding her passion in workers’ compensation. Jane has since been working and litigating in the area of workers’ compensation, joining the Causey Wright team in 2014....More
Elizabeth Lepley
Elizabeth LePley is an Associate Attorney at Lehmbecker Law Firm in Bellevue, Washington. Ms. LePley has an extensive law background with expertise in numerous areas including workers' compensation, personal injury and ERISA, plus additional...More
Katherine L. Mason
Katherine Mason has been practicing law in Washington state since 1999. Her professional experience includes service with the Attorney General's office representing the Department of Labor and Industries. She has worked on the defense side of the bar...More
John Cary
John R. Cary, MA, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Case Manager with OSC Vocational Systems, Inc. John has practiced in the field of vocational rehabilitation since 2005, specializing in working with persons with acquired disabilities of...More
Tara Reck
Tara Jayne Reck has been dedicated to representing Washington State's injured workers with a special focus on trial advocacy since 2006. During Law School, Tara studied constitutional law under former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. She...More
Gary Schuster, M.D.
Dr. Gary Schuster is a sports medicine and internal medicine physician at Broadway Concierge Medicine in Bellevue, Washington. He received his medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and has been in practice for more...More

Originally Published

May 10, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • DLI Policy/WAC Update - Video
  • How to Get a Guardian Ad Litem - Video
  • Discovery Ethics - Video
  • Discovery Panel - Video
  • Does Authorization of Procedure = Acceptance? - Video
  • Challenging a Department Rule - Video
  • In re Douglas R. Palmer and RCW 51.32.055 - Video
  • What a VRC Wants You to Know - Video
  • Good Client Intake - Video
  • A Thorough Orthopedic Examination - Video
  • 2018 Workers' Compensation - Paper

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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