The Practice of Social Security Disability Law
The Practice of Social Security Disability Law focuses on representation tips and practical skills. Participants will gain insight to the levels of review of the administrative process by former Social Security Administration employees and/or current Social Security Disability Law practitioners and learn basic principles in the effective and ethical representation of claimants. Participants then will use a simulated case to question a claimant and vocational expert at a practice hearing and receive feedback from a retired Administrative Law Judge.
- New Eligible for Direct Payment Non-Attorneys (EDPNA)
- New practitioners who recently took the EDPNA examination
- New attorney practitioners
- Recent hires at firms practicing Social Security Disability Law
- Recent graduates of law school and paralegal school
- Gain insight into effective representation in the administrative process
- Question a claimant and vocational expert in a practice hearing
Payment must be made prior to the start of the course. You may receive a full refund if you withdraw from the course by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on May 31, 2019.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
If you are interested in CLE, please reach out to us. With sufficient notice, we may be able to apply for CLE in your jurisdiction. Only your jurisdiction can approve CLE credit, so we cannot represent that this course will be approved for CLE. If we seek CLE in a jurisdiction, we will post that information on this page.
If you wish to personally request CLE credit in your jurisdiction, please reach out to us so that we can make our best efforts to assist you.
We use Adobe Connect for our course, and you will have to download the application to attend.
You can download the application for Windows and for Mac. You can download the application for mobile devices, but we would not recommend it.We think that the course is best viewed on a desktop or a laptop computer. Mac users have reported no problems using Adobe Connect.
After downing the application, you should perform a diagnostic test to ensure that there are no computer or network issues. We do not anticipate that you will have any problems downloading the application or performing the diagnostic test. Contact us if you experience any problems.
You can listen to the presentation through your computers or by phone. We will provide a toll number that you can use. A toll number, however, may result in fees for you. Many individuals have access to unlimited cell service or an unlimited personal/business landline and,therefore, will likely not have any fees with using a toll number. Regardless, you are responsible for any fees associated with using the toll number and should verify prior to the course whether you will experience any fees.
Adobe Connect has accessibility features for individuals with visual, auditory, and mobility issues. You can learn more about these features HERE.
We can also provide closed captioning services. We will not provide closed captioning services unless requested.
Please contact us to assist you with any accessibility features.
How does this course help me as an employer?
To paraphrase a popular sentiment, if you think it is expensive to train a good employee, try a bad one.
This course provides you with significant economic benefits as an employer. Our course should reduce the costs and time spent in hiring and training an employee, and minimize the risk of employee turnover.
How can this course reduce the costs and time spent in hiring and training an employee?
Our course offers an efficient way for employers to fill job openings. Employers are often flooded with resumes from unsolicited applicants or in response to a job posting on a national job board. It can be very time-consuming to find applicants who possess even the minimum qualifications. Rather than reach out to the world at large, you may be proactive in reaching out to our participants to find more qualified applicants.
Our course also offers a more efficient way to train new professionals. Many educational institutions provide little or no training in Social Security Disability law. Since Social Security Disability law is a very unique field, the initial learning curve is steep. This is problematic because many Social Security practices are small, and training takes time away from fee-generating activities.
In assisting employers in hiring and training, an individual who has completed our course should hit the ground running because he or she will have already gained practice, through simulated cases, in tasks that are commonly performed when representing a claimant. This advantage should lead to more satisfied clients and improve the practice’s profitability.
How does this course reduce the risk of employee turnover?
Our course offers a more efficient way to find professionals who want to have a career in Social Security Disability law and who possess the skills needed to stay on the job. New hires will generally have no knowledge of Social Security Disability law or the tasks involved and, as a result, may soon conclude that Social Security Disability law is not the path for them. In contrast, we provide course participants with information about the field before they enroll in the course, and also expose them to the tasks that they would perform on the job.
Does this mean that participants who have completed your course will require no further training?
No. Our course covers the topics and skills that will form the foundation needed by a practitioner in Social Security Disability law.
If I hire someone who has taken your course, won’t I have to retrain them?
We think that our course will complement your office’s way of doing things. We provide the basic knowledge and practical skills that a new professional needs to learn before they are ready to move on to more advanced Social Security Disability law concepts. For example, it is difficult for a new employee to learn your office’s procedure for evaluating symptoms when that employee does not even know the five-step sequential evaluation process. We provide the training that readies a new employee to better learn your office’s way of doing things.
Can you guarantee that I will be able to hire someone who has taken your course?
No. Although we believe that individuals who have completed our course will be more desirable employees, we cannot make any guarantees.
Can I hire someone and then send them to your course?
I’m interested in hiring someone who has taken your course. What do I do next?
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a job posting ready, we can circulate it among our course participants. If you do not have a job posting ready, we can work with you to create one for our participants. If a participant is interested in your posting, he or she will contact you.
Sessions and instructors are subject to change.
Last updated May 13, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern)
I. COURSE OBJECTIVES AND KIRK FILE - Craig Ormson
II. EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION BEFORE THE DDS - Terry Willis
III. EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY HEARING AND APPEALS COUNCIL - Honorable David G. Hatfield (retired)
IV. EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION FROM INTAKE TO HEARING - John S. Whitelaw
Wednesday. June 5, 2019 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern)
I. DRUG ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLISM - Honorable David G. Hatfield (retired)
II. ETHICS IN SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAW - Professor of Law Emeritus Robert E. Rains
III. NADR PRESENTATION - Eva Sirman
IV. INTRODUCTION TO VOCATIONAL EVIDENCE - Craig Ormson
V. APPLYING RFC TO STEPS 4 & 5 - Craig Ormson
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern)
I. ISSUES IN FEDERAL APPEALS - Karl Osterhout
II. MARKETING AND BUILDING A PRACTICE - Michael Liner
JUNE 6-7, JUNE 10-14
Practice hearings of Claimant and Vocational Expert (scheduled individually) - Honorable David G. Hatfield (retired), Honorable Michael Heitz (retired)