Thanks to all the trainers who took part in presenting three days of training at the 2018 Partnership Conference. The conference started with a well-attended statewide DAP Task Force meeting featuring updates on SSP issues from Susan Antos, Mike Telfer, and Nancy Spiegel; clarification of ethical duties under new regulations from Ann Biddle; and best practice strategies in appeals from Kate Callery, Michelle Spadafore, and Andrew Spink.
The DAP session keynote speaker, Lisa Parsons from Legal Council for Health Justice in Chicago, gave a riveting presentation on the impact of trauma on disability claims. Psychiatry resident Dr. Melissa Weiss presented useful medical information on the effects of PTSD in trauma cases. Montel Cherry, Joe Clark, Emilia Sicilia, and Ann Biddle participated in a panel presentation on Direct Examination in Mental Impairment cases involving trauma. Michelle Spadafore, German Castaneda, Rezwanul Islam, and Mike Telfer shared tips on cross examination strategies of expert witnesses. Violeta Arciniega, Mandy Nguyen, and Keana Williams role played in a mock hearing highlighting cross examination of medical and vocational experts. Each DAP session at the conference had over 90 people registered.
Thanks to all who attended and participated in the conference. Thanks also to the New York State Bar Association for its commitment to civil legal services and its continuing support of this important training event.