By Honorable Michael W. Alvey
Chairman, Workers’ Compensation Board
The NAWCJ is pleased to announce a new initiative. In order to navigate our future it is imperative that we embrace our past. We are recognizing NAWCJ members and former members for their contribution to the adjudicative processes, trial and appellate, in the resolution of claims, along with their other significant contributions to the workers’ compensation community. With those goals in mind, we announce the NAWCJ Adjudicator Hall of Fame. The inaugural class will be inducted at the Workers’ Compensation Institute and NAWCJ Judicial College in Orlando this December.
Who is eligible for consideration? Any current or former member of the NAWCJ with a minimum of eight (8) years of exemplary service as an adjudicator of workers’ compensation issues, either trial or appellate, or a combination of the two. There is no requirement for such service to be uninterrupted. Service may include educating, speaking, writing, advocating, and/or involvement with entities assisting those affected by workplace injuries such as Kids Chance, or Give Kids the World, etc.
The Steering Committee for development of the NAWCJ Adjudicator Hall of Fame includes Michael Alvey (Kentucky), NAWCJ Treasurer and past-President; Shannon Bruno-Bishop (Louisiana) NAWCJ President-elect; James Szablewicz, NAWCJ Director and past-President; Frank McKay (Georgia) NAWCJ Director; and David Langham (Florida) NAWCJ past-Vice President and Director. Members of the Steering Committee are not eligible for election into the inaugural class of the NAWCJ Adjudicator Hall of Fame.
NAWCJ members in good standing between June 1, 2021 and July 31, 2021 may submit nominations. The inaugural class will be elected from the nominations received during that time upon receipt of no less than 80% vote of the Steering Committee. Upon induction of the Inaugural Class, the Hall Members, regardless of whether each individual thereof is an active or former NAWCJ Member, will collectively manage all future nominations, elections, and inductions. A majority of living Hall Members will be the quorum for all elections and conduct all other Hall business. The NAWCJ shall support the Hall in its efforts and functions as necessary, as well as providing financial support for recognition.
Inductees will be recognized at the WCI General Session, and at the NAWCJ Judicial College. Each inductee will also be recognized in the Lex and Verum and in NAWCJ Judicial College publications.
NAWCJ members in good standing between June 1, 2021 and July 31, 2021, will receive e-mail notification with a link to a Survey Monkey nomination form. Once the Survey Monkey link is sent out, nominations will be accepted through August 31, 2021. Please take the time to nominate someone you believe is worthy of this honor, and who has been instrumental in the success of our organization. Please take the time to nominate someone you believe is worthy of this honor, and who has been instrumental in the success of our organization.