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Friday, September 24, 2021, 3:00 PM to Saturday, September 25, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT
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The Saratoga Hilton
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


We’re planning the path to success and safety for all in Saratoga.
The IWBA Fall CLE will be offered as a live event, with the possibility of also being offered virtually—so everyone, everywhere can join together.  In-person registration will only open to attendees that have proof of either a completed Covid19 vaccination record, or a negative Covid19 test from within 72 hours prior to arrival to insure everyones safety and well-being.  All in-person attendees will sign a Waiver and Release of Liability for Communicable Disease when registering.

Hilton Hotel Reservation

Deadline is August 23, 2021. 
IWBA group rate is $199.00 + taxes per night. 


Friday, September 23, 2021

2:30pm – 3:00pm

3:00pm - 3:50pm
Understanding Psychological Injuries for Injured Workers & the Potential Impact of the New Medical Treatment Guidelines for PTSD & Depression
Howard Rombom, Ph.D., Behavioral Medicine Associates of New York (BMA) 
Moderator: Robert Grey, Esq.

3:50pm - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 4:50pm
May It Please The Court – A practical approach to Appellate Advocacy before the 3rd Department
Alex Dell, Esq. and Ed Obertubbesing, Esq., The Law Firm of Alex Dell

The purpose of the CLE is to educate and update IWBA members on: (1) the nuts and bolts on appeals to the 3rd Department, including mechanics of the process from beginning to end – Notice of Appeal, Extensions of time to perfect, record list and stipulation, the appellate brief, respondents brief, Notice of Entry, motions to reargue if decision is adverse, and motion to Court of Appeals; (2) Standards of review - including substantial evidence, arbitrary and capricious, abuse of discretion, error of law, etc. to determine if pursuit of court appeal is warranted/appropriate; and (3) practical tips on issue spotting, record development, brief writing and oral argument all in the context of evaluating cases to determine if pursuit of court appeal is warranted/appropriate.

Alex C. Dell is the founder of the firm, and has over twenty-six (26) years of experience in the areas of workers' compensation law and disability benefits law.  Alex represents injured and disabled workers who are in need of wage replacement and medical benefits. Alex's practice also includes representation of injured policemen, firemen and correction officers seeking benefits pursuant to New York's General Municipal Law Section 207-a and 207-c. Alex earned his B.A. with honors at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and his J.D. at Queens College School of Law of the City University of New York.  Alex frequently teaches attorneys who are interested in becoming more familiar with the area of workers' compensation, and regularly speaks to various labor union members about their rights under the New York State Workers' Compensation Law. Alex is admitted to practice before all New York State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.  Outside of work, For over twenty-five (25) years, Alex served as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Ice Hockey Referee. On January 23, 1992, Alex reffed his 1st National Hockey League (NHL) game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Islanders at the Nassau Colliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Saturday, September 24, 2021

8:00am - 9:00am
Registration and Breakfast

9:00am - 9:50am
How Labor Market Attachment is Being Affected by COVID-19
Elan Hallhauser, Esq., Platta Law Firm, PLLC

We will discuss when labor market attachment is ripe for litigation and how in the past year the issue was held in abeyance.  However, now as restrictions are lifted on LMA the affect it is having on claimant’s.

Elan has been practicing workers’ compensation law for the past several years.  She recently switched firms in order to start a workers’ compensation division at a well-known personal injury firm. Elan focuses on helping injured workers obtain all their protected benefits under NY Workers’ Compensation laws.   She is currently working on a 3rd Department Appeal  dealing with the issues of timely notice and whether proper deference was given to credibility of witnesses by the Board Panel and Full Board.  Besides law, Elan loves to play tennis and travel, even though for the past year plus it has been difficult. 

9:50am - 10:00am

Business Meeting (Members Only)


11:00am - 11:50am
Program TBD

Registration Information

IWBA Member Registration  Non Member Registration
Full Registration:
$325  Full Registration: $400
One Day Only:
$225 One Day Only: $300
  • Attendees are required to have proof of either a completed Covid19 vaccination record, or a negative Covid19 test from within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Upon registering, attendees will be required to read, agree, and sign a Waiver and Release of Liability for Communicable Disease.
  • Agenda subject to change.
  • The content of this program is appropriate for experienced attorneys, as well as newly admitted attorneys.
  • This continuing legal education program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board.
  • Financial aid is available for this program.  Please click here for more information.

Please Contact the Hilton Hotel Directly for your Room Reservation by August 23, 2021
Your HiltonLink  IWBA Group Rate: $199.00 + taxes/night. 



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