Upcoming Continuing Legal Education Opportunities

By Eleasa Allen

Our section just wrapped up its first CLE of the Bar Year on December 4, 2019.  That CLE program provided an overview of the Workers’ Compensation Act, directed at those attorneys who are new to the practice.  The program covered the fundamentals of working within Chapter 97 and covered numerous topics, including: relevant definitions, defenses, settlement, litigation, and navigating the Act’s governing body, the Industrial Commission.  Special thanks to Jeanette Byrum and Sherman Criner for planning this program and to the following speakers:  Elias Admassu, Emily Baucom, Angela Craddock, Casey Day, Meredith Henderson, Tracey Jones, Dawn Lane, Elizabeth Ligon and Paul McCoy.   If you missed this program, a video replay has been scheduled for March 10, 2020 at the Bar Center in Cary.

The Workers’ Compensation Section’s Annual Meeting and spring CLE program will be held February 6-7, 2020 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro. Co-planners Sarah Blair and Cameron Simmons have designed this program as a one-stop shop that will cover case law updates, foreshadowing of the upcoming extended benefits cases, and the overlap between employment law and the Workers’ Compensation Act, among other topics.  The program has been approved for 9 Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) hours and includes 3 hours of Ethics/Professional Responsibility, 1 hour of Substance Abuse/Mental Health, 2 hours of Certified Mediator Education and 1 hour of Technology Training.  The program also qualifies for NC State Bar Workers’ Compensation Law Specialization credit.

See the North Carolina Bar Association website for further details concerning the video replay of the December 4, 2019 program and/or the upcoming Annual Meeting and CLE on February 6-7, 2020.  We look forward to seeing everyone in February!