Tuesday, August 29
7:00 Registration Re-Opens
Registration remains open throughout the day.
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast is Served
Comp Summit EXPO Re-Opens
Join us for breakfast and morning conversations.
8:15 - 9:15 The Ethics of Comp 2017
The Big Picture. Our annual dive into ethics and the law of workers' compensation challenges attorneys and the entire workers' compensation community to uphold best practices in the service of their clients. We'll consider scenarios based on ethics decisions from the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Among the topics on the table are: contact with experts, meeting deadlines, the mood in Maine among the Bar, and broader, related matters such as stress, collegiality, and fairness.
Faculty: Aria Eee (Staff attorney, Board of Overseers of the Bar), and Kate Gatti (Reben, Benjamin & March in Brunswick).
9:30 - 10:30 LIVE Appellate Division Argument
Third annual edition, as the law unfolds before your eyes. Comp Summit attendees will gain instruction by witnessing a live Appellate Division case. The appeal will be heard en banc (meaning with the full array of workers' compensation administrative law judges, except for the original presiding judge who heard the case). This is designed to provide the audience with a good look at the appellate process and a discrete legal issue at the same time.
10:45 - 12:00 Comp Summit Think Tank 2017
Our experts look to the future of workers' compensation in Maine. The Think Tank remains the perfect Comp Summit closing session. It is a great vehicle for gazing into the future, looking to innovations occurring around the country, and getting beyond some of the ministerial issues that often leave the workers’ comp system bound. So join us again for a look at the big picture, the original bargain for workers’ compensation systems, the direction of comp in Maine, and the trends elsewhere, such as tele-medicine and constitutional challenges to the workers' compensation bargain in other states. Executive Director Paul Sighinolfi is shaping the issues for this closing session. Jon Oxman (Linnell, Choate & Webber in Auburn), Alison Denham (Douglas, Denham, Buccina & Ernst in Portland), Phil Bartlett (Scaccia, Bartlett & Chabot in Sanford), Lindsey Morrill Sands (Norman, Hanson & DeTroy in Portland), and Kate Gatti (Reben, Benjamin & March in Brunswick) round out the panel.