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October 13, 2011 - October 14, 2011
Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa
Las Vegas, NV

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Cosponsored by AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Section

Proving your client is disabled under the Social Security Act, and handling Social Security Disability claims can be a long and tedious process. AAJ’s Social Security Success! Seminar will help you navigate the Social Security Administration’s complicated bureaucracy so your clients can obtain the disability benefits they are entitled.

The seminar starts out with an introduction to Social Security Disability Practice, if you are new to this practice area this seminar will give you the base you need to get started. As a veteran of the practice, it will refresh the basics and give you new techniques. You’ll learn what questions you need to ask before and after taking on a case, and what happens to your clients after the verdict.

Several types of Social Security Disability cases will be covered, including Veterans Affairs, Long Term Disability, and Child’s cases. You will also take away valuable marketing tips to help you build your practice. This seminar gives you a chance to network with fellow Social Security Disability trial lawyers while gaining useful information to help your practice, it is an opportunity you do not want to pass up.

What past attendees have to say:
“I have been practicing law for 10 years and am expanding into Social Security Disability. This was an excellent seminar to learn the basic rules and procedures in Social Security Disability practice.”
—Emily Roark, Paducah, KY, 11 years in practice

“Even though I have been practicing for many years, I learned new information that will improve my practice.”
—David J. Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, WI, 12 years in practice

 


Thursday, October 13

REGISTRATION
(Continental breakfast provided)
8:00 am–8:45 am  

MORNING SESSION
8:45 am–12:15 pm

Introduction to Social Security Disability Practice
• What are the various types of disability claims that can be filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA)?
• What are the levels of appeal?
• What are the basic rules SSA uses to decide a claim? 
Donna Harrison Green

Proving Your Client’s Case
• How do you win a disability case?
• What is the best way to prove your client is really disabled?
• What questions should you get a treating doctor to answer? 
• What restrictions and limitations are best to document? 
R. Scott Wilson

Ethical Considerations in Social Security Representation
• What medical evidence do you need to submit?
• What about medical opinions?
• What concerns should practitioners have who use non-attorney staff? 
• What issues may arise if you handle cases in multiple states? 
Alan L. Lani

LUNCH (On your own)
12:15 pm–1:45 pm  

AFTERNOON SESSION
1:45 pm–5:00 pm

The Rulings
Practical knowledge with a hearing-level emphasis.
• What are they?
• What do they say?
• And, why do you need to know them?
Douglas D. Mohney

Child’s SSI cases
We will cover what proof is needed to show a child is disabled, including what it means to functionally equal the listings. 
Shannon R. Bateson

NETWORKING RECEPTION
5:00 pm–6:15 pm

Friday, October 14

MORNING SESSION
(Continental breakfast provided)
8:45 am–12:15 pm

Everything You Need to Know about Social Security Attorneys’ Fees, and How to Ethically Charge a Fee 
In order to be paid, your fee must be approved by the Agency for administrative work, and by a court for any court work.  This program will cover the rules for ethically getting a fee approved, and for ethically appealing fee decisions.
John V. Tucker

What Issues Face Your Client after He or She Wins His or Her Case?
Get the answers you need to explain all this to your client from a very experienced Social Security Practitioner.
• How much can a person earn while on disability?
• What is a trial work period and how does it work?
• When does Medicare coverage begin and when does it end?
• What is a reentitlement period? 
Peter T. Skeie

Effective Advocacy at the Appeals Council and in United States District Court (USDC)
The author of several books and treatises on Social Security Appellate practice will explain how to best argue on behalf of your client.
• What are the best arguments to make?
• How are the best arguments you can make different at the Appeals Council and USDC? 
Sarah H Bohr

LUNCH (On your own)
12:15 pm–1:30 pm

AFTERNOON SESSION
1:30 pm–4:45 pm

An Introduction to Veterans Administration (VA) Claims and the VA Claims Process for Social Security Practitioners
With many of our service men and women returning home with disabilities, the Social Security Disability practitioner should be aware of the basic time limitations and VA terms as they relate to the denial of service-connected disability compensation benefits.  This lecture will help the Social Security Disability provide the client with some basic advice as it relates to service-connected disability compensation benefits.
Jeffrey E. Marion

An Introduction to Long Term Disability Benefits for the Social Security Practitioner 
Many of our clients also have claims for long-term disability benefits through employer provided policies.  An experienced LTD attorney will provide practical advice on how not to damage your client’s LTD claim while working on the Social Security case.  Also, for attorneys who want to start handling LTD claims, the speaker will provide information about what attorneys need to know to begin to handle these cases effectively.
Edward P. Dabdoub

Marketing Your Social Security Practice
An attorney experienced in marketing a Social Security practice will discuss how to integrate TV, Direct Mail, Internet, SEO, PPC, personal appearances, and brand into one concentrated effort to achieve maximum effect from each targeted approach.
• Achieving maximum results from online media efforts 
Benjamin A. Irwin

 


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