As the 2012-2013 Chair of the Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee, I would first like to thank our Past Chair, Lindsey Mills, for all the work she did in 2011-2012. I would also like to thank all those that have taken on leadership roles within this committee in the past. It is their past, and continued, efforts to help strengthen this committee that has laid the foundation I hope to build on this year and in years to come. I am really looking forward to this year and working with new members and current members as we continue the efforts of those that came before us.
Our committee members include some of the most well respected people nationally in workers’ compensations law. This includes members from the plaintiff’s bar, defense bar, insurance companies, government and the judiciary. As a result, our committee has, and continues to work to, put on exceptional programs that provide our members with the most cutting edge information affecting workers’ compensation throughout the nation. Each year we work with the Labor and Employment Law Section Workers’ Compensation Committee to put on our Mid-Winter Workers’ Compensation Conference. This year we had another great seminar in Coral Gables. If you were not able to attend, I can tell you that our line-up of speakers and topics gave the surroundings of the beautiful Biltmore Resort a run for its money; and trust me the pool, golf course and other amenities were fabulous. We have already begun planning for the 2014 conference that will take place in Chicago. The conference is currently scheduled for the weekend of St. Patrick ’s Day and if you have never been to Chicago for St. Patricks’ Day I have heard that it is one you should not miss.
If you are already a member, I hope that you become involved in leadership and/or program planning and utilize all the benefits of your membership. One thing new this year will be monthly committee conference calls and a very active social media aspect to help keep everyone informed and involved with the committee and our plans for the future. We are also working to put together a Webinar and/or Teleconference that will build on the outstanding educational programs that we put on currently.
If you are not a member, I encourage you to become involved in our committee and enjoy the great people and resources our committee has to offer. As a member of the ABA and TIPS, you can join our committee for free and will immediately receive our committee's newsletter and access to archived editions, in addition to notice of our committee's activities and continuing legal education programs, including conferences and seminars. Feel free to contact me or Chair-Elect, Tony MacAuley, for any additional information. We look forward to meeting you!