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Social Security Bench-Bar CLE November 1st


Please join us for The Annual Bench-Bar CLE on Social Security Appeals Practice in the Western District of Washington, the annual CLE seminar sponsored by the Western District of Washington’s Social Security Committee. This year’s program will be hosted by the Hon. Benjamin Settle, U.S. District Court Judge and Chair of the district’s Social Security Committee.
Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez, Chief District Judge, will provide an overview of the current status of social security appeals in Western Washington.
Hon. David W. Christel and Hon. Theresa L. Fricke will discuss effective strategies for brief writing in social security appeals and share practice tips. They will also answer questions from the bar. Judge Settle will moderate the discussion.
Neuropsychologist Alan Breen, Ph.D. will discuss what is involved in conducting a psychological and neuropsychological evaluation, including what kinds of evidence a doctor relies upon to make a diagnosis or reach conclusions about the patient, how a doctor differentiates between “objective” and “subjective” evidence, and how a doctor evaluates a patient’s statements. Dr. Breen will also discuss some common myths and misconceptions about psychological evaluations.
Ms. Erin Highland, Assistant Regional Counsel for the Social Security Administration’s Office of General Counsel in Seattle, and Ms. Clarissa McLane, a program expert at the Social Security Administration, will provide an important overview of the new SSR 16-3p (“Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims”), which superseded SSR 96-7p (“Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims: Assessing the Credibility of an Individual’s Statements”) in March 2016.
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: U.S. District Court, 700 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101; 19th Floor Conference Room
The program is free of charge and pre-approved for 2.75 CLE credits. Please register in advance using the following link: Questions? Please contact