The National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, Inc.

President's Page

Welcome to the website for the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary (NAWCJ). Our organization was founded in 2009 to provide educational opportunities for workers’ compensation judges throughout the United States.

picture of Judge Hopens I am honored to succeed Judge Michael Alvey of Kentucky as president of NAWCJ. I am very grateful to Judge Alvey, our fourth president, for his leadership, service, and mentorship. I am also greatly indebted to Judges John Lazzara and Ellen Lorenzen of Florida and Judge David B. Torrey of Pennsylvania, the first, second, and third presidents of NAWCJ, respectively.

I thank all of my predecessors for their exemplary leadership in fostering a strong foundation for the development of NAWCJ and for its continued success in the future. Additionally, I am privileged to work with an outstanding group of officers for the 2016-2018 term – Immediate Past President Alvey, President-Elect Jim Szablewicz of Virginia, Treasurer Bob Cohen of Florida, and Secretary Bruce Moore of Kansas.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with NAWCJ, please consider serving on one of our nine committees – curriculum, conference, long-range planning, parliamentary, scholarship, recruitment, newsletter, website, and moot court. If you would like more information about serving on a committee, feel free to contact me at (512) 804-4033 or at I also encourage you to become a member of NAWCJ if you have not already done so. A membership application is found on this website and in each issue of the Lex & Verum, our monthly newsletter.

In closing, I am privileged to begin my term as president of such a wonderful organization as NAWCJ. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve and deeply humbled by it.

Jennifer Hopens
Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation
Director of Hearings, Northern & Western Regions
Austin, Texas