The Nominating Committee of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers accepts nominations from September 1st to October 31st each year.  To become of member of the college, one must have practiced in the field of workers' compensation law for at least twenty (20) years and be nominated by two current Members of the College. All information and forms for the nomination of future Fellows are disseminated to Fellows of the College in late August.  If you need additional information, please contact Tom Kieselbach, Chair of the Nominating Committee ( tpk@cousineaulaw.com   ).

QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME A FELLOW OF THE CWCL

The CWCL was established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation.  Individuals are nominated for the outstanding traits they have developed in their practice of twenty years, or longer, representing plaintiffs, defendants, serving as judges, or acting for the benefit of all in education, overseeing agencies and developing legislation.  These individuals have to convince their peers, the bar, bench and public that they possess the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership.  They have to convince the Board of Governors of the College that they have a commitment to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College and have shown significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing, and/or distinguished published writings on Workers’ Compensation or related fields of law.  In addition to these characteristics, a Fellow is expected to display the following traits in their day to day practice of workers’ compensation and related fields

  • A Fellow stands out to newer attorneys as a model of professionalism in deportment and advocacy;
  • A Fellow has earned the respect of the bench, opposing counsel and the community;
  • A Fellow displays civility in an adversarial relationship;
  • A Fellow avoids allowing ideological differences to affect civility in negotiations, litigation and other aspects of law practice;
  • A Fellow demonstrates an active interest in resolving issues;
  • A Fellow is a student of the law;
  • A Fellow has a thirst for knowledge in all areas of the law that affects their representation of their clients in Workers’ Compensation or their duties in adjudicating cases brought before them;
  • A Fellow actively participates in the state, local and/or National Bar.

It is the goal of the College to represent the diversity of the profession in all regards.  Therefore, nomination of attorneys from underrepresented states and jurisdictions, as well as the nomination of lawyers of ethnic, racial and gender diversity within the bar are encouraged.

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