Boxer & Gerson attorneys Dennis Popalardo and Julius Young moderated separate panels on the opening and closing days of the winter convention for the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association in late January.
The semi-annual convention of workers’ comp applicants’ attorneys throughout the state serves as a resource for attorneys who are required by the State Bar to obtain 25 hours of continuing education that cover a variety of topics. It was held at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage (near Palm Springs).
Some 1,000 attorneys attended each of 12 separate presentations spread over the convention’s three and a half days.
Popalardo, a member of the organization’s all-volunteer education committee that is charged with planning and staging the conventions, helped lead off the opening day activities on Thursday, January 25. He moderated a panel entitled, “Not-so-Special Delivery: Common Defense Tactics That Interfere with the Delivery of Injured Worker Benefits.”
The 75-minute discussion focused on a number of matters described in the session title. Among them were:
“These are constant battles we are fighting in one form or other in most all cases,” said Popalardo. “Insurance companies have lots of resources and patience, and every day they can delay treatment or a settlement is a good day for them. The more that workers’ comp attorneys can learn about their tactics, the more effective they are in countering them. That made for a very well-attended event.”
Boxer & Gerson attorney and longtime blogger Julius Young helped wind up the convention proceedings on the closing day by moderating a panel entitled, “The Science of Genetics: Legal Apportionment or Politics?”
The session discussed in some detail a court battle on the issue of whether an injured worker’s genetic profile could be used to indicate that genetics may have played a causative role in the injury. The implications of this would be far-reaching, as both the panel discussion and Young’s subsequent blog post noted in some detail.