National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary New Judges’ Virtual Bootcamp

New Judges’ Boot Camp: A Virtual Conference

Join us Online Tuesday through Thursday, February 28 through March 2, 2023!

REGISTER NOW and SAVE! In less than two months, the NAWCJ will host its virtual “boot camp” for new adjudicators. Becoming an adjudicator of workers’ compensation claims can be daunting. The New Judges’ Boot Camp is designed to make that transition smooth. At the virtual Boot Camp, newer adjudicators will hear from adjudicators, regulators, attorneys, and academics covering a wide range of topics that will impact their day-to-day work. The curriculum includes sessions discussing the origins of workers’ compensation laws, the transition from an advocate to an adjudicator, judicial writing, conducting hearings and handling discovery disputes, weighing evidence and ruling on objections, and dealing with unrepresented litigants.

REGISTER NOW before February 1, pay the early-bird price of $175, and save $50. After February 1, the registration fee is $200. YOU MUST BE AN ADJUDICATOR TO ATTEND.


Day 1: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Session 1 10:00am – 10:10am (Eastern Time)

Welcome & Introduction to Conference

10:10am – 11:00am (Eastern Time)

Orientation, Origins & Key Principles of Workers’ Compensation

11:00am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

From Advocate to Adjudicator

Break 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Eastern Time) Lunch Break

Session 2 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Eastern Time)

Ethics for Judges: Can You Have Friends Anymore?

3:00pm – 4:00pm (Eastern Time)

How to Effectively Use Technology in Hearings and Mediations

Day 2: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Session 3 10:00am – 11:00am (Eastern Time)

Evidentiary Issues: Dealing with Common Evidentiary Issues & Evaluation of Evidence

11:00 am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Procedural Issues: Dealing with Common Issues in Hearings & Discovery Disputes

Break 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Eastern Time) Lunch Break

Session 4 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Eastern Time)

Judicial Writing: Basic Principles for Preparing Orders

3:30pm – 4:00pm (Eastern Time)

Dealing with Difficult Litigants and Understanding Cultural Differences 

Day 3: Thursday, March 2, 2023

Session 5 10:00am – 11:00am (Eastern Time)

Writing Effective Decisions & Creating an Appellate Record

11:00am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Determining Causation Issues & Weighing Conflicting Opinions

12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Closing & Announcements

To view the New Judges Boot Camp Brochure, click here

For a printable version of the brochure, click here.

To register for the Boot Camp, click here.