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Posted by: Christy Gibson on Jul 31, 2012

I am honored to serve as your Disability Law Section Chair for 2012-2013. As some people know, I love to participate in organizations. I was and am very active in Business and Professional Women (BPW) and acted as state president in 2000-2001 and as Jackson Area BPW president 4 times, with the last two terms just ending in May 2012. I am active in TLAW; currently I am recording secretary.  I am also passionate about my work. I am a Board Certified Social Security Specialist; I practice with Legal Services and have done so for almost 25 years.  For the last 4 years my colleagues and I have advocated with DDS and the Tennessee DHS to reach improvements there.

My goals include asking the Board of Governors to write a letter of support to Tennessee DHS Commissioner Hatter calling for the increased dissemination of checkbox Medical Source Statements to treating physicians and providers.  These forms were developed by Social Security; HA 1151 and HA 1152 are examples which are slightly too large for this newsletter.

My next goal is to provide another great CLE in April of next year. Last year the Executive Council, acted as a committee of the whole to produce last year’s program.  We welcome all ideas for programming as well. I say we because we as a section have great staff support, I am not always accustomed to having staff at all in organizations.

Our section needs executive council members. We generally meet by conference call monthly. It is not a big burden.

Another goal is to have at least two and maybe 3 or 4 newsletters. An ALJ is working on an article, which will likely not be through all SSA levels of approval until early October.  Another practitioner has promised an article in the fall. Our section needs volunteer articles. Also, if you would like to be listed as someone one who wants referrals who move into your area from too far away for the prior attorney to travel; let me know.  Also, if you take federal or circuit court appeals and would like to be listed for referrals, let me know.

Feedback from the foregoing is appreciated.  Beth Stricklin Bates, TBA Disability Law Section Chair