March 19, 2013 • Social Security Disability 101: "Boot Camp" • Seattle, WA

MylawCLE's Social Security Disability 101: "Boot Camp" and Practice guide is designed to provide attorneys with the key essentials in developing a social security law practice. This CLE, taught by experienced social security disability attorneys, will cover "best practices" topics like: when to get involved in a social security claim, what medical records do you need to obtain, what are good cases, how to overcome the vocational expert, how to make an appeal and much more.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • When to take a claim
  • What medical records are needed and how to organize them
  • Hearing process and vocational experts
  • Winning the case and the appeals process


Todd Renda

Todd Renda is a 1987 graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Spanish. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from the University of Puget Sound, and was admitted to the practice of law and the Washington State Bar Association in 1991. He practiced from 1991- 1995 as an associate attorney with a Tacoma law firm. His practice areas included Social Security Disability, Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury. His practice gave him a broad experience in State and Federal Courts within the State of Washington. In 1995, Mr Renda founded his law firm, "Todd R Renda, Attorney at Law". Since that time he has successfully represented thousands of clients. He is recognized as a leading attorney in the State of Washington in Social Security appeals and has personally represented clients at over 1500 evidentiary hearings.

Sandy Widlan

Sandy Widlan is a shareholder at the law firm Schroeter Goldmark & Bender. Sandy’s practice focuses on Social Security Disability, medical negligence, and nursing home negligence cases. She is known for victories in hundreds of administrative hearings, for obtaining one of the largest nursing home negligence verdicts in Washington, and for seven-figure medical negligence settlements. Sandy serves on the Board of Directors of Seattle Community Law Center and Washington Access Fund. She is a frequent presenter at social security disability conferences and co-authors the blog Sandy previously was a law clerk for Justice Barbara Durham of the Washington Supreme Court and a public defender at The Defender Association. She is a graduate of New York University law school where she received the Hays Civil Liberties Fellowship. Sandy has been designated a SuperLawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine.

Linda Worthington

Linda Worthington exclusively represents disabled individuals who have been wrongly denied Social Security Disability benefits. She is known for her deep commitment to providing exceptional representation to under-served and marginalized populations, including significant experience working with individuals suffering from profound mental illness. In addition to being a skilled attorney, Linda is a compassionate advocate who truly cares about her clients and their experiences. She ensures that her clients feel heard and fights to get them the benefits to which they are entitled. Linda began her career as a Constituent Service Representative for United States Senator Maria Cantwell. She is the former Directing Attorney of the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project at the Seattle Community Law Center where she represented hundreds of homeless individuals in Federal Administrative Hearings. Linda joined Schroeter Goldmark and Bender in 2012, and continues her work ensuring that the legal needs of her clients are addressed and resolved.

Credit Information | 6 CLE (5 General / 1 Ethics)*

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Date / Time / Location

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm | Hotel 1000, Seattle, WA | Directions

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Agenda | 6 HR CLE

(9:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Section I:  Basic Overview

  • Cast of Characters
  • What is Social Security Disability?
    • SSDI
    • SSI
  • The Application
  • The Test
  • The Process
    • Initial Claim
    • Reconsideration
    • Appeal to ODAR
    • Appeals Counsel
    • Civil Action in U.S. District Court
  • Dealing with the SSA
  • Dealing with Medical Professionals
  • The ALJ hearing

Section II:   Case Management:  The steps to successfully handling a case.

  • Eligibility Rules: Medical vs. Nonmedical Requirements
  • Deciding to take the case or not
    • Five step checklist
    • Will I get paid?
    • Intake Checklist
  • The Forms
    • Rep Forms
    • Appeal Forms

Section III: The Law, Rules and Regs

  • The "Lingo":  The Language of SSA
  • How Disability is Measured - The Listings, Grids and Residual Functional Capacity
  • Governing Law 
    • POMS, HALLEX, SSRs, ARs, Case Law, CFR and SS Act

Section IV:  Building the Case

  • Gathering the evidence
    • What is evidence in an SSA Disability case?
    • Medical Records
    • Medical Opinions
  • Electronic Records Express (ERE)
    • A demonstration

Section V:  The Administrative Law Hearing

  • What Happens at the Hearing?
    • The Cast
  • The Five Step Sequential Evaluation
  • The Steps to Prepare for the Hearing
    • Pre-Hearing Briefs and Other Submissions
    • Amended Onset Dates and Wages Recorded after Onset Date
    • Effective Exhibits
    • Direct Examination of the Claimant
    • Cross-Examining Medical and Vocational Experts

Section VI:  A Review of Practice Software and Manuals

  • Software
  • Practice Manuals

Section VII:  Social Security Disability Ethics

  • Representative Misconduct
  • Client Misconduct
  • Guarding Confidentiality
  • Addressing Negative Evidence
  • Managing your staff

Conclusion and Q&A

  • Recommendations
  • Questions and Answers



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