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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Friday, July 19, 2019

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM   |   Check-In:  12:15 PM

Minnesota CLE Conference Center

600 Nicollet Mall # 370

3rd Floor, City Center

Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Eighth Circuit Social Security Disability Law Conference

Your Comprehensive Annual Update!

Practical Learning for Zealous Advocates:

  • The ALJ’s Perspective from the Honorable Richard C. Thrasher – Minneapolis Office of Hearings Operations Chief Administrative Law Judge
  • Legislative and Administrative Update from Barbara Silverstone – NOSSCR Executive Director
  • Deconstructing Pre-Hearing and Hearing Processes
  • The 8th Circuit Caselaw Update
  • Establishing a Trauma-Informed Lawyer-Client Relationship
  • Best Practices for Representing Clients with Mental Illness
  • Taking Care of the Mental Health of Attorneys, Too – and the Attendant Ethics Implications
  • And More!

Attend this conference for valuable course materials, a chance to build camaraderie and new connections, and a  convenient agenda, covering timely, relevant topics.

Presented by Minnesota CLE and the 8th Circuit Members of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives

Schedule times below are for the live seminar. Please refer to DATES & LOCATIONS for individual replay start times.

Day 1 – Wednesday, July 17

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Perspectives of the National and Local Office of Hearings Operations
Chief Administrative Law Judge Richard C. Thrasher

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Questions & Answers with the Chief Judge

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
50 Things Every Rep Should Know: Prepping the Troops
There are hundreds of things that every representative should know. A representative must continuously relearn what he or she learned before. The session will try to cover as much material as possible in as short a time as possible. This session is part review of the basics and part clarification of common misunderstandings.
Thomas A. Krause

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
All Those Other Social Security Benefits – 101
Most disability representatives can do a deep dive in the minutia of disability related issues. But what about all those other Social Security benefits? Most of us have enough to keep track of already. The local office can tell the client whatever they need to know about all those other Social Security benefits. But honestly, would it really kill us to know a little about those other benefits? Would it? This is a quick primer on all those other Social Security benefits.
Joseph G. Basque

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Day 2 – Thursday, July 18

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Administrative and Legislative Update
This session will keep you up to date with what is happening in Congress and the Social Security Administration. Several bills have been introduced, regulations proposed, and policies changed that can affect your practice. In addition, we will discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decisions that have an impact on Social Security claims.
Barbara Silverstone

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Loose Lips Sink Ships: New Developments in Confidentiality
1.0 ethics credit applied for
From obligations to former clients, to potential malpractice claims, to blogging and social media, confidentiality seems to be on the mind of the ABA and state ethics authorities. This session will take a look at how the interpretations of Rule 1.6 are shifting and what lawyers should look out for.
Eric T. Cooperstein

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Deconstructing the Practice – Pre-Hearing Process: Planning the Battle
This one-hour “rapid-fire” presentation will outline a set of ideas implemented by Social Security representatives to pursue desired strategic goals much like a military operation. The strategy deals with the planning and the conduct of campaigns, the movement and disposition of resources and the deception of the “enemy.” The seminar will outline strategy and tactics, as well as the science employed to secure objectives to promote victory.
Kaitlyn J. Ausborn, John P. Lander & Kirk C. Thompson
James Colwell (moderator)

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Deconstructing the Practice – The Hearing: Firing the Cannon, Winning the War
This session will offer multiple perspectives on and approaches to the hearing process, with helpful insights to apply to your own practice to streamline processes and achieve more effective results.
Sean D. Cuddigan, Timothy J. Cuddigan, Paul McGrath & Asha Sharma
James Colwell (moderator)

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
LUNCH (on your own)

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Inside the Mind of a Vocational Expert
Steve Bosch, a veteran of numerous Social Security disability hearings, will discuss and answer questions about a wide range of vocational issues. Areas discussed will include how the vocational expert prepares for the hearing, transferrable skills analysis and calculating numbers of jobs.
Steve Bosch & Edward C. Olson

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Tools and Tactics for Cross Examining Vocational Experts
This session will address strategies and tactics related to VE testimony, including: common issues that arise during VE testimony; facts to include in potential hypotheticals; why it is important to know what is or is not past relevant work; and tips on using available resources prior to, and during the hearing.
Carrie L. Burton & F. Anthony Mannella

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit Caselaw Update: What’s Hot and What’s Not
The Supreme Court usually decides one Social Security case each term, if any. This last term, the Court decided three Social Security cases. This session will review the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Smith, Biestek, and Culbertson. We will also cover the continuing ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Lucia v. SEC. Finally, we will look at some recent Eighth Circuit Social Security cases.
Wes Kappelman & Thomas A. Krause

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Appellate Practice: Repairing the Record and Appeals Council Briefs
Every Request for Review to the Appeals Council you file is on a hearing you lost. What did you do right? What did you do wrong? Can you fix this case on appeal? With a declining ALJ allowance rate and a declining Appeals Council remand rate, attorneys must look at their practice and their cases and determine how they can best represent their clients. This session will focus on repairing the record at the Appeals Council. This session will also focus on preparing the written argument for the Appeals Council.
Thomas A. Krause & Edward C. Olson

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Day 3 – Friday, July 19

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Strategies for Working with Clients with Mental Illness
This session will use real-life case examples to suggest ways we can work with clients successfully.
Laura Melnick & Meghan R. Scully

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Understanding Trauma: ACE Study Implications, Limitations, and Future Directions
This session will provide an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study and its implications for disease risk and quality of life in adulthood – with association to how those results intersect with the world of social security disability benefits.
Kathryn Freeman, MD

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Establishing a Trauma-Informed Lawyer-Client Relationship
To create a solid foundation for working effectively with traumatized clients, lawyers must focus on building strong attorney-client relationships that respond to the common effects of childhood trauma. Even though most lawyers are not mental health professionals, a working understanding of trauma, including its origins and its impacts, can be helpful in anticipating and responding to trauma’s effects as they surface in our work with clients.
John P. Lander

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Stress, Addiction and Mental Health: An Ethical Perspective
1.0 ethics credit applied for
For lawyers, trust account issues, missing deadlines and failing to communicate or complete projects may be the tip of the iceberg for far greater problems ranging from too much stress to addiction and mental health issues. Those same issues and others may be present in clients. When a client is impaired, the lawyer has both obligations and opportunities. When the lawyer is impaired, there are obligations as well but there is also help available. This program looks at professional responsibility aspects of impairment from primarily the lawyer perspective, with insight from a licensed clinical social worker on some of the help and tactics available to attorneys.
Joan M. Bibelhausen & Elizabeth Wittenberg

12:45 p.m.

July 17-19, 2019
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Schedule times for replays may differ from those for the live program. Start times are as indicated below. Please register at least one week in advance to secure your copy of the course materials on the day of the seminar.

Minneapolis – August 20-21, 2019  (Registration 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street and Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center

Minnesota CLE has negotiated the following rates for attendees of the live in-person conference July 17-19. Mention the Minnesota CLE 8th Circuit Social Security Disability Conference to receive these rates. Make reservations early to ensure room/rate availability.

Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown – $225
35 South Seventh Street
Make reservations at 612-339-4900. Or, if booking online enter Corporate Rate ID 127827 for 16% discount off best available rate.

Minneapolis Marriott City Center – $229
30 South Seventh Street
Make reservations at 612-349-4000 (press 0 for front desk). Special rate not available with online booking. Last day to book is Wednesday, June 25, 2019.

In-Person Live:  $445
In-Person Replay:  $395

Other discounts that may apply:

Scholarships available!
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or customerservice@minncle.org.

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 15.0 standard CLE credits including 2.0 ethics credits. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this course is 15.0 credits.

Minnesota CLE is an accredited sponsor for Wisconsin and North Dakota. In addition, Minnesota CLE is applying for 15.0 CLE credits, including ethics credit where applicable, in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. 

Included in registration fee. Registrants will be able to access the materials electronically through their account on the Minnesota CLE website a few days prior to the seminar.

Can't attend? The Conference materials may be purchased in hard copy for $95 (plus tax and handling) by calling Minnesota CLE at 651-227-8266 or 800-759-8840. Orders will be filled after the Conference. The electronic version is available for $95 (plus tax) and may be purchased on the Minnesota CLE website after August 1, 2019.

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