NAWCJ

President’s Page



Welcome to the website for the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary

The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary was founded in 2009 to provide educational opportunities for workers’ compensation adjudicators throughout the United States. In the years since its founding, NAWCJ has expanded its educational outreach to include the annual Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College held every August in Orlando, in conjunction with the WCI’s (Workers’ Compensation Institute) annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, a New Judges’ “Boot Camp” to be held every Spring (the next will be March 5-6, 2020, in Nashville, TN), and joint judicial programs with other workers’ compensation organizations such as SAWCA (the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators) and the IAIABC (the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions).

I am humbled to serve as President for the 2019-2020 term. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity, for the path carved and the leadership demonstrated by past presidents, and for their continued advice and support. I know I have big shoes to fill and, with their (and your) support, I will endeavor to further the mission of NAWCJ.

I also have the great fortune to be supported by an outstanding team of officers, Immediate Past President James “Jim” Szablewicz (VA), President-Elect Deneise Turner Lott (MS), Secretary Sheral Kellar (LA) and Treasurer/Past President Michael “Mike” Alvey (KY). Their advice and guidance will be invaluable as we endeavor to continue to provide the highest quality workers’ compensation-specific judicial education and training available.

Ours is a unique area of the law. While there are common themes from state to state, the statutes, rules and regulations in each state have evolved, and diverged from sister states, based on the mix of industries and occupations unique to each state. Despite those structural differences, the issues we face are often quite similar. We are called many things, from referees to hearing officers, to judges, to administrative law judges, to commissioners. Regardless of how we are denominated, we all have a common focus—to ensure that workers’ compensation claims are fairly and promptly heard and decided, based on the facts and applicable laws, free of bias or inappropriate influence. We are better-equipped to achieve that goal through the continuing judicial education, exchange of ideas, and the formation of friendships and professional relationships available through NAWCJ. Ours is the only source of workers’ compensation-specific education and training, provided by adjudicators for adjudicators.

Please consider becoming a member of the NAWCJ, if you have not already done so. The greatest strength of our organization is its diversity—judges and administrators from around the country. A membership application is found on this website and in each issue of the Lex & Verum, our monthly newsletter. If you are interested in becoming more actively involved with the NAWCJ, please consider serving on one of our many committees – curriculum, conference, long-range planning, collaboration, scholarship, recruitment, new judges’ “boot camp,” newsletter, website and social media, and moot court. If you would like more information about serving on a committee, or about the organization generally, please contact me at Bruce.Moore@ks.gov.

Please join us in NAWCJ’s mission. I look forward to hearing from you.

Bruce
Hon. Bruce E. Moore
Administrative Law Judge
Kansas Department of Labor,
Division of Workers Compensation
Bruce.Moore@ks.gov