• The Honorable Maria Del Valle-Koch Appointed the New Chief Judge and Director

    06/06/22 I Jon L. Gelman

    The Honorable Maria Del Valle-Koch will be the New Chief Judge and Director effective Monday, June 6, 2022. Outgoing Chief Judge and Director Russell Wojenko, Jr. announced Friday that Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner of NJ Labor and Workforce Development, had made the appointment.

    The NJ Senate has confirmed Judge Wojenko’s nomination to be a Judge of the Superior Court.

    During Judge Wojenko’s tenure, he led the Division of Workers’ Compensation through the administrative issues surrounding the COVID-19 public health emergency. He implemented numerous procedural and substantive changes (­ confirms-judicial-nominations.html) to the Division of Workers’ Compensation.

    The Honorable Maria Del Valle-Koch has held the position of Administrative Supervisory Judge (ASJ) of the NJ Division of Workers’ Compensation for the vicinages of Plainfield, Jersey City, and Freehold. She has been an active contributor to the NJ Institute of Continuing Education’s workers’ compensation law programs and participated in the Hot Topics seminar.

    By Jon Gelman

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    Meredith B. Weaver to Become Judge for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board

    NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Lee has appointed Meredith B. Weaver as a judge on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board for the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).

    Weaver has practiced law for 18 years, primarily in the areas of workers’ compensation and employment law. She is an attorney with the firm Peterson White in Knoxville.

    Weaver was voted by her peers for a “Best Lawyers in America” award in the category of workers’ compensation law in 2018 and 2019. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the East Tennessee Legal Association of Women. Weaver has served on the board of CASA of East Tennessee.

    BWC Administrator Abbie Hudgens said of Weaver’s appointment, “Meredith Weaver will be a welcome addition to the Appeals Board. As a judge, I know she will be fair to all parties and reflect the values for which the Appeals Board is known.”

    After her June 24, 2022, swearing-in, Weaver will replace retiring Judge David Hensley on the Appeals Board.

    “We are excited to welcome Judge Weaver to the Appeals Board,” said Judge Timothy W. Conner. “We look forward to working with her to serve the employees and employers of Tennessee.”

    Weaver attended Auburn University, where she majored in Communications and graduated magna cum laude. She then attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she graduated cum laude.


  • SAVE THE DATE – the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) is teaming up with NAWCJ for a two-day online judicial program on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, and Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Details on the program, including topics and registration information, will be found in the next edition of the Lex & Verum. We hope to see you on the web this fall!