January 2022 President’s Letter

Greetings from the President


By Shannon Bruno Bishop



Happy New Year!  It was a pleasure meeting so many of you at the NAWCJ 2021 Judicial College.  The weather was fabulous and the sessions were interesting and informative.  I want to thank the Honorable Ken Switzer and his Curriculum Committee, as well as the Conference Committee.  Their dedication and hard work contributed to such a successful event.  I hope you enjoyed the conference as much as I did.  If so, please make sure you spread the word to your colleagues, who were not able to attend this year.  Also, feel free to share the Honorable David Torrey’s article in this month’s Lex & Verum.  Judge Torrey gives a very thorough synopsis of the seminars we had the pleasure of hearing at the Conference.

As we put the 2021 College behind us, I would like to extend another congratulation to the Inaugural Class of the NAWCJ Adjudicators Hall of Fame.  These individuals are an inspiration to workers’ compensation adjudicators and the workers’ compensation community, as a whole.  Following their example, I invite you to be more active in your community and with the NAWCJ.  We welcome new faces and content.  If you are interested in serving on the Curriculum Committee, Conference Committee, or serving as a speaker on a panel, please contact me at Other committees that might interest you include:

Parliamentary-Annually review and suggest changes to the By-laws.

Scholarship-Set deadlines for scholarship applications.  Review the applications, and make recommendations to the Board.

Recruitment-Contact individuals from the various state agencies regarding the conference/membership.

Newsletter-Serve on the editorial board to assist with the solicitation of articles, author articles, and proofread.

Website-Monitor for content and make suggestions for modification.

Lunch & Learn-Organize one-hour webinar sessions on various workers’ compensation and judicial topics.

Moot Court-Coordinate the Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition with the committee.

The committees do not take up a significant amount of time and the more members, the merrier.  We want you to be involved, so please reach out.

As we enter into a new year, I wish you all much love, peace, and good health.


Shannon B. Bishop