Matthew Lane Speaking at National Conference

Matthew Lane, a Social Security Disability lawyer in Lafayette, Louisiana, has been invited to speak at the Spring 2012 Social Security Disability Law Conference hosted by the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). The conference is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from May 2 to May 5. Matthew will be participating in a panel discussion regarding Federal court practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The discussion will focus on recent case law in the Fifth Circuit and practical techniques for litigating Social Security Disability appeals in Federal District Court. The panel discussion is currently scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

National Social Security Disability Law Conference

I just returned from the Spring Social Security Disability Law conference presented by the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).  The four-day conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland, and included presentations by some of the most prominent Social Security Disability Law attorneys in the nation.  I found the session on Appeals Council arguments by appellate attorneys Sarah Bohr and Charles Martin particularly useful.  In addition, appellate attorney Carolyn Kubitschek and Professor Jon C. Dubin gave a very helpful presentation on recent developments in Social Security Disability Law in Federal Court.  Representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) also made presentations at the NOSSCR conference regarding SSA’s technological developments and new policies and procedures.  Thus, attending the NOSSCR conference provided me with invaluable information and education that will enable me to become an even better advocate for individuals seeking Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits or Supplemental Security Income.

Fifth Circuit Disability Law Conference

Nancy Goodwin and I recently attended the 2011 Social Security Disability Law conference hosted by the Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (FOSSCR). FOSSCR’s membership includes representatives from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, which are the three states within the appellate jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

This year’s conference was held in Natchez, Mississippi at the Eola Hotel and was hosted by Ms. Angela Davis-Morris of the Davis-Morris Law Firm. Notably, the 2010 FOSSCR conference was held in Lafayette, Louisiana and was hosted by Bill Ziegler. Bill was sorely missed at this year’s event, which was dedicated to his memory. I spent a good bit of time at the conference reminiscing with former friends and acquaintances of Bill, and I was once again made aware of how fortunate I am to have been his friend and law partner.

On Friday, January 28, 2011, I participated in a panel discussion on ethical issues that Social Security attorneys encounter in their daily practice. Paul Burkhalter served as the moderator, and Gary Parvin (Mississippi) and Laura Sigaud Hernandez (Texas) accompanied me on the panel. We discussed six factual scenarios and analyzed the applicable ethical rules in each State. My thanks go out to Paul, Gary, and Laura for inviting me to participate in the lively panel discussion.

Finally, on Saturday, January 29, both Nancy and I were elected to serve as Louisiana representatives on FOSSCR’s 2011 Board of Directors. We are excited and honored to be members of FOSSCR’s Board and look forward to the 2012 conference in Texas.