The Statewide Nominating Commission for the Judges of Compensation Claims will meet on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EDT at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes, 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32837 (room TBA), to interview applicants to serve as a Judge of Compensation Claims. The Commission will nominate three individuals (two for Orlando and one for West Palm Beach) and submit those names to Governor DeSantis for consideration. The annual salary is $160,000.
Applications shall be submitted to Laura Dane, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3060 or Laura.Dane@doah.state.fl.us by Friday, April 22, 2022 by hard copy or flash drive (with PDF copies) by mail delivery, or electronic in PDF format by email. Each applicant must submit a non-redacted copy and a redacted copy*.
Applicant’s names will be published (http://e-jccupgrade.blogspot.com/) on Monday, April 25, 2022. If you wish to speak at the Commission meeting to oppose any applicant, please provide written notice to Laura.Dane@doah.state.fl.us by Thursday, April 28, 2022. The Commission will accept letters in support of any applicant if they are delivered to Laura.Dane@doah.state.fl.us by Thursday, April 28, 2022.
The Commission will meet telephonically, Monday May 2, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to discuss any procedural issues prior to the in-person Monday, May 9, 2022 meeting. This commission meeting by phone is open to the public by dialing 888.585.9008, and entering code number 510 432 870#.
2022 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum
April 7 - 8, 2022
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
** Due to our limited room block, please only book the amount of rooms needed per confirmed registrations**
Featuring: Oral Arguments with the First DCA
On April 7th - 8th the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and the Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP) will present the 2022 Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Forum.
The Forum features two tracks of advanced legal programming, centered around the Bar’s traditional Workers’ Compensation Board Certification Review Course. Learn from some of today’s most qualified and highly recognized Board Certified speakers, judges, medical, and industry professionals.
This program is perfect for attorneys, judges supervisors, case managers, nurses, vocational experts, risk and insurance professionals, who wish to increase their depth of knowledge and understanding of Florida’s workers’ compensation litigation environment.
The Omni Orlando Resort ChampionsGate
** Reduced Rates **
A room block at ChampionsGate has been arranged at a discounted rate of $219.00 (resort fee waived). The cut-off date for this special rate is, March 9th, 2022. (There is a 72 hour cancellation policy)
Reservations are dependent on availability within our room block.
In the event that the hotel block is sold out the below sites will give a list of hotels near the Omni Resort @Championsgate with available dates of our event.
Mark A. Touby
Each new year brings to mind the close of the past year as well as the occasion to reflect on it. Last year was a year unlike any other. Your section and the Florida workers’ compensation community continued to conduct business as “the new usual” allowed. It is important not to overlook that. In an era that has been repeatedly described as unprecedented and uncertain, the Florida workers’ compensation community continued to fulfill the purpose of the law by adjusting claims, providing benefits, litigating disputes, and effectuating resolutions.
The WCI held its conference in December 2021 with the theme “better together.” In addition to the educational aspects of the conference, the Judicial Nominating Committee met and recommended the reappointment of eight JCCs. The five Florida-based American Inns of Court chapters also met and were joined by the Workers’ Compensation Section executive council members, the First District Court, and members of the national organization. The gathering was highlighted by the presentation of the Jake Schickel Award for Professionalism to Rosemary Eure from Sarasota and a donation to Give Kids The World.
The Roman philosopher Seneca is credited with the expression “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” For years, Deputy Chief Judge David Langham, DOAH, and the OJCC developed and improved our electronic filing system and incorporated a closed video telecommunication system (the VTC as we call it) to meet the needs of the time. When March 2020 came in like a lion, they were prepared. In what should be recognized as one of the greatest pivots, the OJCC incorporated Zoom usage and we did not miss a beat. Recently, the OJCC has rolled out the Zoom “hybrid” to allow some people to be physically present in the courtroom with the JCC and others to participate by Zoom. Imagine the efficiencies this will allow.
Looking ahead in 2022, the section will continue to provide you with opportunities to involve yourself and benefit from the events that are planned. I would like to reiterate my invitation that if you have never been to a meeting (or it has been a while), I invite you to come to the live meeting on April 6, 2022, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. If you can’t make the meeting, try to attend The Forum on April 7-8, 2022. We have a great speaker lineup. This year will see the return of live oral arguments before a panel of judges from the First District Court of Appeal as well as the addition of a breakout session on day two on topics specifically appropriate for our JCCs.
After several years, I am pleased to let you know that on May 13-14, 2022, the section is again hosting the Trial Advocacy Workshop. This program is limited to 24 participants and has sold out. Anyone who has previously attended the workshop will tell you that the opportunity to prepare and present a case before a sitting JCC with the guidance of experienced attorneys is invaluable no matter what your experience level. We hope to offer this valuable program again in the future, so watch for another opportunity to participate.
We have faced uncertain times. We may face more. I continue to invite, encourage, and cajole you to join in what the section is doing. I do believe we are better together—wherever we might be.
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