Comp Conference 2015 Notes

September 14, 2015 by Sean O'Connor, Partner

McConnaughhay Duffy attorneys were very active during the 70th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference, held August 23 through 26, 2015. From the E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition on Sunday through the Multi-State presentation on Wednesday, many familiar names, and voices, could be found.

On Sunday, August 23 and Monday, August 24, Jacque Steele and Tracey Hyde guided yet another successful moot court competition. Laura Buck, Caitlin Beyl, Melissa Volk and Jennifer Reimsnyder provided further assistance as timekeepers. Jim McConnaughhay once again welcomed attendees to the Conference on Monday, and Kem Thomas moderated the ever-popular "Case Law Update" Monday afternoon. Jason Taylor, as co-moderator, spoke on multiple topics during the "Employment Law/Human Resources" breakout. John Trawick, from the firm's Pensacola office, also spoke during the employment law breakout.

On Tuesday, August 25, more attorneys took to the podium. In the Adjuster Breakout, Program One, Susan Marks spoke on "Ethical Requirements for Adjusters". In the Adjuster Breakout, Program Two, Steve Coonrod moderated "Workers Compensation Claims Which Are Not in Workers' Compensation Court", followed by Lou Stern moderating "Difficult Claimant's Attorneys". Sean O'Connor presented during the Temporary Staffing breakout as part of a panel for "The Art of Creating a Successful Claims Handling Program for the Temporary Staffing Industry". Jason Taylor could be heard once again as part of the Workplace Safety and Health breakout during "Pre-Employment, Post-Offer Testing-Strategies and Best Practices".

Finally, Wednesday saw more double duty, as Jim McConnaughhay participated in the Professional Mediation Conference breakout during "Critical Planning Considerations in the Mediation Process-Strategy Panel", and Kem Thomas moderated the Conference on Multi-State Workers' Compensation Laws, and participated in the Florida/Georgia state overview with David McCranie.

Overall, the firm attorneys were very active during the convention. Please stay tuned for opportunities to hear our attorneys speak at other upcoming seminars in various venues.