The Practice of Social Security Disability Law - Part 1

Course Description

Part 1 of the course provides an overview of Social Security Disability Law. This area of the law oversees the applications filed by individuals alleging that they are disabled under the Social Security Act. Participants will learn the definition of disability under the Social Security Act and the five-step sequential evaluation process, the process used to determine whether an individual is disabled under the Social Security Act. Participants will also learn the role of medical and vocation evidence in the five-step sequential evaluation process.

Target Audience

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the hierarchy of Social Security sources of law
  • Know the Social Security Disability adjudicatory process
  • Know the definition of disability under the Social Security Act
  • Know the five-step sequential evaluation process
  • Know the role of medical and vocational evidence

Cost and Refund Policy

Part 1 of the course costs $600. Individuals who register and pay prior to April 30 will receive a $50 discount. 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 17, 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. We, however, make no representation that this presentation will qualify for CLE in any particular jurisdiction. 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. 

Technical Information

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.

Accessibility Features

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.

Craig Ormson

Instructor

With more than 14 years of experience at the Social Security Administration, Craig knows first-hand the intense, careful craft of serving as a successful Social Security Disability law attorney. He served as the lead agency counsel on several high-profile Federal regulations, Federal class actions, and Agency initiatives, and has argued before several Federal Courts of Appeals and District Courts. Craig has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin International Law Journal. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Wisconsin.

Honorable David G. Hatfield (retired)

Instructor

Judge Hatfield worked in the Social Security Administration from 1976 until his retirement in 2012, serving in such key positions as the Acting Chief Judge, Assistant Regional Chief Judge, Hearing Office Chief Judge for the Seven Fields Hearing Office, Hearing Office Chief Judge for the Pittsburgh Hearing Office, Administrative Appeals Judge with the Appeals Council, and Director of the Office of Civil Actions. Judge Hatfield has written and taught extensively in his field. He was a faculty member for new Administrative Law Judge training since 1990, and was in charge of Supplemental Training for all new Administrative Law Judges. He has testified before Congress regarding the Social Security disability program, and has been a frequent speaker on Social Security matters. He received his B.A with high distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) from Indiana University and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

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?

Absolutely.

I’m interested in hiring someone who has taken your course. What do I do next?

You can contact us at craig@ormsonlawtraining.com. 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.

All sessions taught by Craig Ormson, unless otherwise noted. Sessions and instructors are subject to change.

Last updated March 25, 2019

Day 1 - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern)

I. COURSE OBJECTIVES AND KIRK FILE
II. HIERARCHY OF SOCIAL SECURITY LEGAL SOURCES
III. ADJUDICATORY PROCESS
IV. FIVE-STEP SEQUENTIAL EVALUATION PROCESS
V. ONSET DATES & STEP 1 – SUBSTANTIAL GAINFUL ACTIVITY
VI. STEP 2 – SEVERE IMPAIRMENTS
VII. STEP 3 – THE LISTINGS

Day 2 - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern)

I. RESIDUAL FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY
II. STEP 4 – PAST RELEVANT WORK  
III. STEP 5 – OTHER WORK EVIDENCE  
IV. EVIDENCE – SUBJECTIVE COMPLAINTS – Honorable David G. Hatfield (retired)
V. EVIDENCE – OTHER NONMEDICAL EVIDENCE
VI. EVIDENCE – OBJECTIVE MEDICAL EVIDENCE AND MEDICAL OPINIONS

Day 3 - Thursday, May 23, 2019 (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern)

I. APPLYING RFC TO STEPS FOUR AND FIVE
II. EVIDENCE – VOCATIONAL EVIDENCE
III. DRUG ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLISM – Honorable David G. Hatfield (retired)
IV. MOCK HEARING OF LISA JENSEN – Honorable David G. Hatfield
V. MOCK HEARING OF VOCATIONAL EXPERT – Honorable David G. Hatfield (retired)

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