Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Video Replay of Monthly Reviews of Important Cases

The Division has posted a link to the video replays of case reviews presented once a month to interested attorneys. I would say that posting it as available to the public means you can view the video of the month and even read the cases. While
there is a short delay in posting the materials still it is nice to have it available for your reading and hearing. These are current cases and involve an interesting issue or set of facts. Even a non lawyer may access this material. If you are curious about what's going on in workers compensation or see where a case may be similar to your case then listen to the review by a presenter Administrative Law Judge in what I call the prehearing unit. Judge Eley is excellent in reviewing each case in his monthly Brown Bag seminar. While he selects the cases he deems most interesting I know that he has been doing this for years and years. Years ago as an attorney he published a monthly review. I fondly remember that publication and used the case reviews in my practice. Now he continues his effort to present current cases that are worth learning about. These cases can be presented in another case as supporting a point of view. So they can be useful in two ways. First they show us the current types of cases coming up on appeal and second they can even be used in another case to persuade a judge that you are on the right side. A judge will often rely on an earlier case that is presented to him as relevant to an issue. So these video replays along with all of the actual cases can be quite useful. Many attorneys attend or listen to them to stay updated on the latest issues being decided. In any event the Division on its page sets forth for all to see and hear several months of the video replays of important cases. Often it is fascinating to listen to the review by Judge Eley. Workers compensation can seem like a dull subject but it is filled with interesting people and cases. I like to see what arguments are being presented by Respondents in these cases when they appeal. I enjoy novel arguments no matter who makes them though I consider myself decisively on the claimants side.