Featured Philadelphia Bar Association CLE
CLE - Be the Judge, Be the Jury… Become an Arbitrator! Oct. 5
Become certified to sit as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas!
With more than 20,000 cases a year concluded at the arbitration level, the Compulsory Arbitration Program in Philadelphia County is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the nation. Compulsory Arbitration in the First Judicial District is controlled by the arbitration rules of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia Civil Rules. Compulsory arbitration was created as a means of efficiently disposing of smaller civil cases and conserving judicial resources by requiring as a first step that such cases be tried before a panel of three local court-appointed attorneys, with the understanding that any party can later appeal from the decision and obtain a new trial.
Experienced practitioners offer guidance and practical strategies to successfully conduct an arbitration and serve as an arbitrator. Receive explanations and examples regarding the following:
- Definition of the Arbitration program and introduction to the process
- General roles, responsibilities and E-Filing
- Substantive/Service Issues
- Stipulation issues
- Limited tort vs. Full tort status in motor vehicle personal injury cases
- § 1722 "paid or payable" argument
- Act 6 reduction
- Introduction Police Reports
- Application of the Fair Share Act
- Cases involving the Plan
- Special evidentiary issues
- Ethical Concerns during the arbitration process
- AND OBTAIN CERTIFICATION TO BECOME AN ARBITRATOR
Hosted by the Compulsory Arbitration Committee of the State Civil Litigation Section and presented with Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program.
Attend a practical and entertaining presentation to learn how to conduct your first or next arbitration.
Be the Judge, Be the Jury…Become an Arbitrator!
2 SUB/1 ETH
2 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 1:30 p.m.
CLE - Navigating Language Access In Legal Proceedings Oct. 6
Presented with the American Translators Association
As a fundamental principle of law, fairness, and the fundamental right to justice, and to promote the integrity and accuracy of judicial proceedings, attorneys, judges and the courts, should provide a sound and reliable system of language access services. Persons participating in a legal environment should be able to do so in a language they understand and all parties should be able comprehend one another throughout the proceedings.
This 3-hour interactive CLE session will provide an in-depth look at what is driving the growing need for language access, why it is so important, how it is structured so as to achieve effective results, and when it is required by law.
A prestigious panel of local and state court, government and linguistic experts will offer their unique perspectives and offer guidance regarding the following:
-- Assessment on current meaningful language access status in Pennsylvania
-- Identifying LEP persons
-- Interpreter Services in Legal Proceedings and Courts
-- Obstacles to compliance
-- Document Translations
-- Qualifications of Providers
-- Training and Certification
-- Code of Conduct and Interpreter Ethics
Using case studies, expert practitioners will address the challenges and obstacles, ethical dilemmas and cultural considerations, with practical solutions, technology trends, forecasts and resources.
Navigating Language Access In Legal Procedure
2 SUB/1 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.
CLE - Fee Reviews and Utilization Reviews Oct. 14
Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section
A Utilization Review (UR) is complex and time sensitive, used primarily by the insurance company, to determine whether a medical treatment is reasonable and necessary. However, it may also be used by the injured worker or a medical provider, to obtain a preliminary determination (pre-approval) regarding whether a certain type of treatment should be covered.
Medical Fee Review is the procedure in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation to review the amount and/or timeliness of the payment of a work-related medical expense. Most practitioners are familiar with the repricing aspect of a claim wherein the medical provider may bill their usual & customary charges, but is paid less. However, when a medical provider disputes the amount or timeless of payment, the medical fee review application process is still a mystery to many.
In this CLE program, expert panelists will dispel some of the mystery and address common issues with medical fee review and the utilization review process.
Receive an overview regarding:
- Basics of Utilization Review Requests
- Request filing and processing
- Scope of UR determinations
- Filing to Review the UR determination
- Petitions for Review of Utilization Review
Determinations before WCJs
- Who can file
- Burden of proof
- Practice tips and pitfalls
- Prospective URs filed on behalf of claimants
- Relying on doctors to participate
- URs in the context of claim petitions
These reviews have become an increasingly important component of workers' compensation cases in Pennsylvania. Join your colleagues for another informative CLE program offering practical guidance on the basics of fee and utilization reviews.
Fee Reviews and Utilization Reviews - An Overview of What You Need to Know
12:30 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.
CLE - Representing Grandparents in Domestic Relations and Dependency Cases: Issues to Consider and Practice Tips Oct. 18
Hosted by the Family Law Section
There are many important issues to consider for attorneys who wish to represent grandparents in domestic relations and dependency matters.
This CLE program will examine the following issues:
- Proper procedure for court filings
- Options to consider when becoming involved in custody and dependency cases
- Ethical considerations when representing grandparents
Expert family law attorneys will review relevant cases and statutory law, along with offering valuable practice tips.
Representing Grandparents in Domestic Relations and Dependency Cases: Issues to Consider and Practice Tips
1.0 SUB/0.5 ETH
12 p.m. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m.