NOTE AND ABSTRACT ON A NEW ARTICLE ADDRESSING MENTAL-MENTALS

by David B. Torrey & Donald T. DeCarlo Mental Stress Causing Mental Disability under Workers’ Compensation Laws: A Short History, The Competing Arguments, and a 2021 Inventory 56 ABA TTIPS Law Journal 91 (2021). I have recently published, along with my distinguished co-author, a new article on mental stress causing mental disability cases, with fifty-state […]

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A SWIM UPSTREAM: AN ARGUMENT FOR TAKING INFORMALITY AND PERSONALITY OUT OF JUDICIAL DECISIONS

by Honorable David B. Torrey Workers’ Compensation Judge Pittsburgh, PA Nina Varsava, Professional Irresponsibility and Judicial Opinions, 59 Houston Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2021), https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3825848. At our annual NAWCJ College, in discussions of decision-writing, we hear a frequent admonition: write up the adjudication straight, and abstain from the temptation to include jokes, puns, anecdotes, aphorisms, […]

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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION MEETS COVID-19

by Dale Hamblin Assistant General Counsel/Attorney Manager Department of Workers’ Claims Frankfort, KY   COVID-19.  A designation for some extraterrestrial body?  Perhaps a secret government operation involving a famous British spy?  Of course not.  It is a word, a designation, that has forced its way into everyday speech. A way of describing a specific novel […]

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION JUDICIARY BOARD ELECTIONS

by Honorable Shannon Bruno Bishop Chief Judge Office of Workers’ Compensation Louisiana Workforce Commission Harahan, LA     Due to the rescheduling of the 2021 NAWCJ Judiciary College to December, the Annual Meeting of the membership of the NAWCJ will not be held in person this year.  However, the election of Officers and Directors will be […]

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Moot Court Competition Volunteers Needed!

by Wesley G. Marshall Commissioner Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission   The E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition is on again in 2021; the 2020 competition was postponed due to COVID. The competition is held in conjunction with the Workers’ Compensation Institute and National Judiciary College, which will be held December 12-15, 2021! However, that is […]

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MAY 2021 MEMBER NEWS

THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OF ARIZONA WELCOMES JUDGE CATHLEEN FULLER Judge Cathleen Fuller has been appointed as an Administrative Law Judge to handle workers’ compensation cases in the Tucson Arizona Office of the Industrial Commission of Arizona.  Judge Fuller has spent her career in public service.  Before law school, she worked in management at a nonprofit […]

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