On Saturday, March 15, 2014, Verrill Dana attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was inducted into the American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at its 8th Annual Induction Dinner, held in Chicago, Illinois. Beth is the first and only Fellow inducted into the College from Maine.
Beth’s practice focuses primarily on defending claims brought against Maine employers. She has a particular depth of knowledge in workers’ compensation law, including the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. In addition to her recent induction into the ABA College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Beth is the Maine representative to the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network.
The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers was established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation. Members have been 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 convinced 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 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 difference 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; and
• A Fellow actively participates in the state, local and/or National bar.
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