Former prehearing Administrative Law Judge and Industrial Claims Appeal Panel member Curt Kriksciun passed away on October 4, 2011. While I may not have always agreed with his views he was truly a gentleman. As a prehearing judge especially in handling settlement conferences he was usually seeking compromise whenever possible. To do so he would chat and provide comments from his experience. This usually would have a calming effect with my clients who were often stressed by the process. My impression is that he always sought to be neutral and objective...even if it was difficult. But by being friendly and relaxed in his approach he would lower the stress level. I am sure he had this effect with many people that had matters before him. He then became a decision maker or member of the panel reviewing cases appealed after the initial decision. He performed well in this last position and I daresay the quality of those decisions improved with his involvement.
Services will be Tuesday October 11th.