President’s Page


The Honorable Sheral C. Kellar, President

Workers’ compensation is a unique area of the law. There are common themes from state to state, but each state’s statutes, rules, and regulations have evolved in response to the mix of industries and occupations unique to each state. Despite those differences, the issues we face as adjudicators are often similar. Although we have different titles – judges, administrative judges, hearing officers, and commissioners – we all aim to ensure that workers’ compensation claims are fairly and promptly heard and decided, based on the facts and applicable laws, free of bias or inappropriate influence. We are better prepared to achieve that goal through continuing judicial education, the exchange of ideas, and the professional support of colleagues available through NAWCJ. Ours is the only source of workers’ compensation-specific education and training, provided by adjudicators for adjudicators.

Please consider becoming a member of NAWCJ. The greatest strength of our organization is its diversity – judges and administrators from around the country. A membership application can be found on this website, or feel free to contact me.

If you would like to become more actively involved with NAWCJ, please review the Committees page and consider serving on one of our many committees.


I look forward to meeting you and working with you!


Judge Sheral C. Kellar
National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary
Workers’ Compensation Chief Judge
Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation