National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary New Judges’ Virtual Bootcamp

New Judges’ Boot Camp: A Virtual Conference


Join us Online Monday through Thursday, March 1-4, 2021!

REGISTER NOW and SAVE! In less than two months, the NAWCJ will host its virtual “boot camp” for new adjudicators. Becoming an adjudicator of workers’ compensation claims can be daunting. The New Judges’ Boot Camp is designed to make that transition smooth. At the virtual Boot Camp, newer adjudicators will hear from adjudicators, regulators, attorneys, and academics covering a wide range of topics that will impact their day-to-day work. The curriculum includes sessions discussing the origins of workers’ compensation laws, the transition from an advocate to an adjudicator, judicial writing, conducting hearings and handling discovery disputes, weighing evidence and ruling on objections, and dealing with unrepresented litigants.

REGISTER NOW before February 1, pay the early-bird price of $150, and save $50. After February 1, the registration fee is $200. YOU MUST BE AN ADJUDICATOR TO ATTEND.


Day 1: Monday, March 1, 2021

Session 1 10:30am – 10:45am (Eastern Time)

Welcome & Introduction to Conference
Hon. Deneise Lott (Mississippi)

10:45am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Orientation, Origins & Key Principles of Workers’ Compensation
Hon. Timothy W. Conner (Tennessee)
Hon. Jennifer Hopens (Texas) (Moderator)
Hon. David Torrey (Pennsylvania)

Break 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Eastern Time) Lunch Break

Session 2 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Eastern Time)

From Advocate to Adjudicator
Hon. Michael W. Alvey (Kentucky) (Moderator)
Hon. Pamela B. Johnson (Tennessee)

3:00pm – 4:00pm (Eastern Time)

Ethics for Judges: Can You Have Friends Anymore?
Marshall L. Davidson, III (Tennessee Chief Disciplinary Counsel)
Hon. Timothy W. Conner (Tennessee) (Moderator)

Day 2: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Session 3 10:30am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Evidentiary Issues: Dealing with Common Evidentiary Issues & Evaluation of Evidence
Hon. Frank McKay (Georgia)
Hon. Bruce Moore (Kansas)
Hon. Dale Tipps (Tennessee)
Professor Susan Kay JD, PhD (Vanderbilt Law Professor) (Moderator)

Break 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Eastern Time) Lunch Break

Session 4 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Eastern Time)

Procedural Issues: Conducting Hearings, Prehearing Conferences, Discovery Disputes & Conducting Virtual Hearings
Hon. Doug Gott (Kentucky)
Hon. Deneise Turner Lott (Mississippi)
Hon. Knowrasa Patrick (Washington) (Moderator)

3:30pm – 4:00pm (Eastern Time)

Settlements: To Approve or Not Approve?
Hon. Douglas Gott (Kentucky)
Hon. Pamela B. Johnson (Tennessee) (Moderator)
Hon. Deneise Turner Lott (Mississippi)

Day 3: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Session 5 10:30am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Judicial Writing: Basic Writing Principles for Preparing Orders
Matt Hearn, PhD. (Tennessee, Lipscomb University)
Elizabeth Usman, JD (Tennessee, Belmont Law)

Break 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Eastern Time) Lunch Break

Session 6 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Writing Effective Decisions & Creating an Appellate Record
Hon. Michael Alvey (Kentucky) (Moderator)
Hon. Timothy W. Conner (Tennessee)
Hon. Frank McKay (Georgia)

3:00pm – 4:00pm (Eastern Time)

Determining Causation Issues & Weighing Conflicting Opinions
Hon. William Culbreth (Virginia)
Hon. Knowrasa Patrick (Washington) (Moderator)
Dr. James B. Talmage (Tennessee, Asst. Medical Director)

Day 4: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Session 7 10:30am – 11:30am (Eastern Time)

Dealing with Unrepresented Litigants and Difficult Litigants
Hon. Robert Himmel (Virginia) (Moderator)
Hon. Bruce Moore (Kansas)

11:30am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Understanding Cultural Differences and Language Barriers
Hon. William Culbreth (Virginia) (Moderator)
Hon. David Langham (Florida)

12:00pm (Eastern Time)


Hon. Deneise Lott (Mississippi)


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New Judges’ Boot Camp