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Exam Prep: Workers’ Compensation (CA)(Recording in 2017)

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

The California State Bar’s Legal Specialist Exam in Workers’ Compensation is given every other year in odd years and is taking place on Oct. 24, 2017 in Pasadena and Oakland. Here is your chance to study for the CA Workers’ Compensation Specialist Exam with guidance from Certified Legal Specialists in Worker’s Compensation Law.

At this program you will get a thorough overview of the critical areas of Workers’ Compensation law and a jump start on your study routine. This carefully-planned program will give you tips on how to take the exam, what to expect on exam day, and how to study for it. We will have a practice essay session with at least two questions found in the Bar’s sample packet, that will conclude with issue spotting and a review of how you could have best answered those questions (the practice test answers will not be graded, just discussed).

By taking this course you can eliminate the stress that goes with the unknown when preparing for an exam and you can get guidance and subject matter review from those that have taken the exam previously and have been on the commission that writes the exams.

And, whether you attend our programs or not, don’t miss your FREE copy of our Exam Prep Course Study Tips – available for all.  This program is compiled from four of our Exam Prep courses held in 2015.  Approximately 2.5 hours long. Click here to order the download FREE, even if you are not purchasing this program.  If you are purchasing this program, you will automatically receive the two free audio programs just mentioned when you attend the event.

Please note: Because we cannot know exactly what specific questions and issues the bar will test on, and their “potential topic list” is vast, our program covers most of those topics that the bar lists they might test, but not all. This means that we cannot guarantee every single question or issue that appears on your exam is covered in our course (that would pretty much be impossible). We also strongly recommend you begin studying for the exam early – as early as summer. Last minute studying, even with the help of this course, is always a risky proposition when it comes to such a difficult exam covering so many areas of the law.

 

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE BAR (at their request):

Click here for the Bar’s requirements regarding the exam and qualifications to be a specialist.  

If you want to take the exam, register early! They have vastly reduced the cost of taking their exam this year (and have waived the extra fee they used to charge to use a computer). The bar has asked us to pass on their registration fee list for you to take their exam:

CA Bar Fees for taking their Legal Specialist Exam in 2017*:

If full payment is received by the bar on or before May 1, 2017: $100
If full payment is received by the bar on or before Sept. 1, 2017: $250
If full payment is received by the bar on or before Oct. 2, 2017: $350

*please note, these are the fees the CA Bar will charge you to take their exam. We are not affiliated with the bar and these fees are not related to the cost of our courses.

What You Will Learn

Day One

8:30 – 9:30
Exam Details, Preparation Tips, What to Expect

9:30 -12:15
Claim Evaluations: Remedies & Defenses

12:15 – 1:15
Networking Lunch

1:15 – 2:45
Medical Knowledge and Issues

2:45 – 3:00
Break

3:00 – 5:00
Disability Evaluation

5:00 – 5:30
Professional Responsibility

Day Two

9:00 – 10:30
Practice & Procedure (Trial & Appellate)

10:30 – 10:45
Break

10:45 – 11:45
Practice Test

11:45 – 12:45
Lunch

12:45 – 1:45
Issue Spotting Discussion

1:45 – 2:00
Break

2:00 – 3:00
Practice Test

3:00 – 4:30
Issue Spotting and Final Q & A

Testimonials

These testimonials are from our 2017 Exam Prep Course, which was just held in August.

“Great source to prep for the exam.” – Reema Simjee, Esq.

“Got a good overview of exam.” – Adrian Rodriguez, Esq.

“Knowledgeable panel… allowed various questions. Helped… me to stay focused and tuned in.”

“[Freeman and Kerkonian had] great overall knowledge.” – Vahe Tchoukadarian, Esq.

“Overall very good.”

“Good overview of topics.”

“William Lindheim and Lelian Maximous were brilliant! Mark Stephens was inspiring and very informative.”

Faculty

Penny C. Fogel, Esq.

Hefley Law, APC

Penny C. Fogel is a an attorney with Hefley Law, APC and received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University where she graduated cum laude, participated in Phi Kappa and the Honor Society and was a member of the Michigan State University soccer team. Ms. Fogel earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law, where she served as a member of Law Review.

Ms. Fogel’s initial introduction to workers’ compensation was as a Claims Examiner for Crawford and Company and she has practiced workers’ compensation exclusively since 1991. Ms. Fogel is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation.

Ms. Fogel and is a member of the Sierra Club and Surf Riders. Ms. Fogel enjoys playing hockey, is a triathlete and a mother and is a volunteer attorney for the Barrister’s Temporary Judge Program.


Nanci Freeman, Esq.

Williams-Abrego & Associates, Farmers Insurance Exchange

Nanci Freeman is a Senior Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Hartsuyker, Stratman & Williams Abrego, in-house counsel for Farmers Insurance Exchange, a member of Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.

Ms. Freeman earned her undergraduate degree in English from UCLA, graduating magnum cum laude. She is a graduate of UCLA School of Law. Ms. Freeman was a speaker at the commencement ceremony of her law school. A speech she wrote and delivered at the law school during protests over Proposition 209 was published in the Chicano Latino Law Review.

Ms. Freeman spent the first eight years of her legal career practicing workers compensation insurance defense. In late 2008, she opened the Law Office of Nanci Freeman, where her practice included family law, landlord tenant law, and workers compensation. Her workers compensation practice included representation of both applicants and defendants. She has represented self-insured employers, uninsured employers, insurance carriers, and TPAS. She has also served as judge pro-tem at the Long Beach WCAB.

Ms. Freeman is certified by the state bar as an MCLE provider on several topics. She became a certified specialist in 2009.

 

In her spare time she enjoys frolicking with her playful and mischievous Boston Terrier.


Saro Kerkonian, Esq.

Williams-Abrego & Associates, Farmers Insurance Exchange

Saro K. Kerkonian is a Workers’ Compensation Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.  Mr. Kerkonian has been in practice for 29 years and is a Senior Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Hartsuyker, Stratman & Williams-Abrego of Los Angeles, California, where he represents Farmers Insurance Company in defense of workers’ compensation claims.   He has extensive experience representing both applicants and defendants in all aspects of workers’ compensation proceedings.

Prior to joining the Law Offices of Hartsuyker, Stratman & Williams-Abrego, Mr. Kerkonian was a principal with the KCNS Law Group of Glendale, CA where he represented applicants in workers’ compensation and social security proceedings.  He has also served as counsel with the Glendale based firm of Tennenhouse, Minassian & Adham, where he defended the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Los Angeles Police Department in workers’ compensation proceedings.   Early in his career, he was an associate attorney for the firm of Hinden, Rodich & Grueskin. 

Mr. Kerkonian is the author of California Paralegal Manual, Workers’ Compensation, published by the The Rutter Group, a division of Thomson Reuters.

Mr. Kerkonian is a frequent lecturer on workers’ compensation law.  He was part of a 5-person panel sponsored by the Armenian Bar Association and Latino Comp, which included California Supreme Court Justices Marvin Baxter and Carlos Moreno.  He was also a moderator and lecturer on a panel with California State Senator Charles Poochigian, author of major legislation reforming workers’ compensation, including the landmark SB 899 discussed in this manual.

 

Mr. Kerkonian received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne in 1987, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law.  He is a founding member of the Armenian Bar Association, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors.  


William Seth Lindheim, Esq.
Managing Partner
Law Offices of William S. Lindheim

William Lindheim has represented injured workers for 44 years. He is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation. A majority of the injured workers represented are Spanish speaking. His law firm has been established since 1996, and employs 3 additional experienced associates, 2 of whom are also certified specialists. Mr. Lindheim has dedicated his career to obtaining benefits for injured workers.

 


Lelian Maximous, Esq.
AIG Staff Counsel
Law Offices of Jamie Skebba

Lelian Maximous joined AIG Staff Counsel in January 2010.  Previously, she worked for panel firms including McNamara & Drass LLP, Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and Tobin Lucks LLP. 

Since graduating from UCLA School of Law, Lelian has practiced workers’ compensation insurance defense for fourteen years.  She has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation including trials, appeals, cross-examining doctors in various fields of medical specialty, arguing cases before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, negotiating favorable settlements, drafting motions and pleadings, and taking depositions. 

Lelian became a Workers’ Compensation Legal Specialist in 2013.    

Education:

        J.D., UCLA School of Law, 2002

        B.A., UCLA, Psychology and English, 1998

Cum Laude

Admitted:

        California 2002

 


Mark G. Stephens, Esq.
Managing Partner
Tobin Lucks LLP

Mark Stephens is the managing partner of our Los Angeles county office.  Mr. Stephens received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2005. Mr. Stephens began working for the firm as a calendar clerk in the Central Coast office shortly after graduating from Westmont College in 2001 with a B.S. in Psychology. He continued to work with Tobin·Lucks throughout his law school career, with the exception of the time he spent at Fordham Law School in New York City. Mr. Stephens has passed both the New York and California Bar exams. He is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.


Fees

Audio Course Material Package Download: $750

Audio Course Material Package CD:  $750, plus $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.


(Audio packages will be available within a few days of the live program)

CLE Credit

CA General: This program is approved for 8.0 units, including 0.5 unit of ethics credit.

CA Certified Legal Specialist: This program is approved for 8.0 Certified Legal Specialist CLE in California Workers’ Compensation Law.

Terms and Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.  Conversions to CD require a $7.50 shipping fee, and in CA, 9% sales tax.

Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

$750.00 each

By taking this course you can reduce the stress that goes with the unknown when preparing for an exam, you can get a refresher on those areas of the law of which you do not practice on a daily basis (or never handle), and you can get some insight on how to prepare and study for the exam from those that have gone before. 2017 Audio Package.

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