34th Annual Workers Compensation Bench Bar Conference
Date: Dec 12, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Pines Manor, Edison
Member Price: $198
Non-Member Price: $245
Section Price: $186
Areas of Law: Ethics, Workers' Compensation
Earn up to 6.7 credits, including 1.2 in Ethics! (More Information)
- Hon. Maria Del Valle-Koch
- Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo
- New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Trenton
- Ann P. DeBellis, Esq.
- Law Office of Ann DeBellis, West Trenton
- Kathleen M. Dotoli, Esq.
- Law Office of Kathleen M. Dotoli, LLC, Toms River
- Michele Haas, Esq.
- Malamut & Associates, Cherry Hill
- Peter F. Ward, Esq.
- SECRETARY, Workers' Compensation Section, NJSBA
Wegner Wegner & Ward PC, CLIFTON
- Hon. Michael J. Dillon
- Michael Gersie, Esq.
- Subrogation Attorney, Gainwell, Philadelphia
- Dr. Brian Greenwald
- Medical Director of Center for Brain Injuries and the Associate Medical Director, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
- Richard Rubenstein, Esq.
- Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC, Livingston
- Stuart Teicher, Esq.
- CLE Performer and Ethics Educator
- Wendy L. Weiss, Esq.
- New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification, Trenton
- Mark Zirulnik, Esq.
- Zirulnik, DeMille & Flynn, Roseland
Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Workers’ Compensation Section
Businesses are moving with the speed of new technology, but can safety keep up with the pace?
Join us for the 2023 Workers’ Compensation Bench Bar Conference as esteemed state Workers Compensation Division Judges and respected colleagues delve into the topics that will help you confidently propel into 2024! The CLE event of the year returns. Register today to come away with a wealth of knowledge to help you better represent your clients.
The conference features opening remarks by the Hon. Maria Del Valle-Koch, the Director and Chief Judge of the Division and by Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. The director will focus on “the Current State of the Division,” with updated information that will impact you, your clients and litigants with what practitioners and judges can expect moving forward.
Then, join your colleagues and friends for some exciting, up-to-the-minute topics. These include: a segment on the pros and pitfalls of artificial intelligence and Chat GPT, a medical segment focusing on neuro-psychological impairments and an enjoyable networking lunch.
Of course, the conference also has all of the yearly segments that you depend on - a critical ethics update from the Hon. Michael Dillon and a review of legislation that will affect your practice in the coming year.
The law is moving with the speed of new technology. Be prepared for all that 2024 has to offer. Register today!
- 9:00 | Introduction and Welcome by the Section Chair – Ann P. DeBellis, Esq.
- 9:05 | The State of the Division – Hon. Maria Del Valle-Koch
- 9:30 | Address by Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo
- 10:00 | The Guide to Obtaining Medicaid Liens – Michael Gersie, Esq.
- 10:30 | Break
- 10:45 | Identification and Treatment of Temporary Brain Injuries (TBI) - Dr. Brian Greenwald
- 12:00 | Lunch (includes award ceremony)
- 1:10 | How to Become an Attorney Who is Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law - Wendy L. Weiss, Esq.
- 1:20 | Ethics in Workers’ Compensation – Hon. Michael J. Dillon
Judge Dillon will address two of the biggest issues facing workers’ compensation practitioners: conflicts of interest and what to do if you are charged with an ethics violation.
- 2:10 | Legislative Update – Mark Zirulnik, Esq.
- 2:25 | Case Law Update - Richard Rubenstein, Esq.
- 2:45 | Break
- 2:55 | The Ethics of Generative AI – Stuart Teicher, Esq.
AI is coming for lawyers, and Chat GPT is leading the way. Join Stuart Teicher, Esq., as he explores the never-ending problems with the hottest technology out there. In this program, Mr. Teicher will:
- Teach about the software itself — Chat GPT is a Large Language Model, and he’ll explain what that means for lawyers (Competence, Rule 1.1);
- Reveal the ethical hotspots like confidentiality, safeguarding client property, and supervision;
- Explore the problems with the “reasonable expectation of privacy” standard; and
- Discuss the dangers in a few other AI related issues.
- 3:55 | Wrap Up by the Section Chair - Ann P. DeBellis, Esq.
- 4:00 | Program Concludes