Lawyers and other professionals who want to learn more about the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claims process can explore the legal aspects of seeking benefits in an upcoming continuing legal education seminar in St. Louis. "Social Security Disability: From Start to Finish" will explore a range of laws, definitions, procedures and tactics used by experienced disability attorneys to research clients' cases and prove the existence of impairments.
The two-day seminar, administered by the National Business Institute, will be held at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza in Clayton, Missouri, on April 23 and 24, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The multi-session seminar will provide 12 hours of CLE credits (including one hour of ethics credits) for Illinois disability attorneys and 14.4 hours (1.2 hours of ethics credit) for Missouri disability lawyers. The course is also accredited for Certified Case Managers, Certified Disability Management Specialists and Certified Rehabilitation Counselors.
The experienced faculty includes Robert A. Crowe, a partner in the disability law firm of Crowe & Shanahan, and lectures will explore every step in the SSDI claims process, including:
- Understanding benefits and eligibility rules
- Searching for claim-supporting evidence
- Avoiding ethical pitfalls
- Preparing for SSDI hearings
- Countering vocational expert testimony
- Coordinating SSDI benefits with workers' compensation and other benefit sources
- Appealing partially favorable SSDI decisions
Among the other eight experienced SSDI lawyers who will present on these and other topics are Crowe & Shanahan partner M. Julie Shanahan and firm attorney Donald J. Derse.
Robert Crowe has a J.D. from the Saint Louis University School of Law and more than 35 years of legal experience. He is a member of the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (member, Administrative Law Committee), and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. He has served that organization as both president and vice president.
Julie Shanahan has a J.D. degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. She has over 25 years of experience and is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives.
Donald Derse received his J.D. degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, The Missouri Bar and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. He has previously lectured to the Social Security Disability Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.