Ocean City, MD
September 17 - 20, 2017

2016 Program & Schedule


Ocean City, Maryland * September 18 - 21, 2016


Sunday, September 18, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Monday, September 19, 7:30 am - 12 noon

Complimentary shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from 7 am to 4 pm Monday between overflow hotels and conference hotel.

7:30 am - 12 noon

Conference issued badges will serve as admission to events and should be worn at all times.

7:30 - 8:30 am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (Up and Down Exhibits)
8:30 - 8:45 am

OPENING REMARKS (Crystal Ballroom)

Alex Katzenberg, Esq.
Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, PA
Hon. R. Karl Aumann
Workers' Compensation Commission
8:45 am Governor Lawrence Hogan (invited)
9:00 - 10:00 am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Deeds...Not Words
President George Washington
Mount Vernon
The first president has returned to discuss the importance of participating in the democratic process and discuss how the debates we are having today began long ago.
Words of wisdom from President George Washington
10:00 - 11:00 am
CDC Opioid Guidelines 2016 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new opioid guidelines that introduce new prescriber recommendations as well as suggestions for monitoring for over prescription and misuse of opioids. We will examine this controversial issue in order to see the benefits and risks clearly.

Speakers: Sarah Merritt, M.D. Lifestream Health Center
Moderator: Lynn Staggs, M.D. LifeBridge Pain Physicians at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Commissioner: Maureen Quinn
11:00 - 11:15 am
Kids' Chance of Maryland - Educating Children of Injured Workers - Supported by MWCEA and YOU!
11:15 am - 12 noon
Ethics: Putting People First

When winning isn't everything, it's the only thing, come hear what the ethical issues are facing today's trial lawyers. The panel will discuss various scenarios attorney navigate when pursuing their clients' objectives. Issues include duties to disclose unfavorable facts and law, ex parte communications, candor with the tribunal and other situations facing litigants today.

Speakers: Patrick Roberson, Esq. Cornblatt, Bennett, Penhallegon & Roberson P.A
James MacAlister, Esq. Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A.
Moderator: Matthew J. Peffer, Esq. ChasenBoscolo
Commissioner: Kathleen Evans
12:00 - 12:45 pm
Getting Into the Primaries: Compensability Issues

To "get on the ticket," you have to get the votes, or at least the vote of the hearing Commissioner, on the question of compensability. The panel, consisting of a claimant's attorney, a defense attorney, an adjuster and a Commissioner, will discuss some of the more complex issues of compensability including the going and coming rule, deviations from employment, employment relationships and allegations of independent contractor status (myth or reality), hernias and the special notice requirement, limitations defenses, occupational disease claims after the Harris decision, and other potential barriers to compensability.

Speakers: Leslie Gawlik Law Offices of Leslie W. Gawlik, LLC
Bill Proctor, Esq. Law Offices of L. William Proctor
Marissa Schott RCM&D SISCO
Moderator: Joe Zauner Zauner & Mtimet, P.A.
Commissioner: Cynthia S. Miraglia
12:45 - 2:00 pm


The Time is Now - Tips and Tricks for Early Case Resolution


A panel of crusty veterans (and Amy and Chris) will discuss and try to pinpoint opportunities to settle cases earlier in the process. The emphasis will be on what each side is thinking at crucial times in progression of a case from initial compensability questions to causal connection / treatment issues, up to and through the vocational rehabilitation process. There will be thoughts on when early mediation can help and when to involve the SIF early as well.

Speakers: Amy E. Schaeffer, Esq. ChasenBoscolo
Steven E. Schenker, Esq. Schenker, Krause, Crogan & Lopez
Chris Vandergrift,
Malcolm and Associates
Barbara S. Zeronick, Esq. Certified Mediator
Moderator: Edward Goldsmith, Esq. MD Subsequent Injury Fund
Commissioner: Jeffrey T. Weinberg
9:00 p.m - 12 midnight
Lip Sync & Karaoke Showdown!

Can't Karaoke? No problem...get a group or go solo but show us your best impersonation of a song to win prizes and have fun!

Can Karaoke? Show us your pipes and get your groove on!

Lip Sync and Karaoke Showdown Party at the MWCEA Conference

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