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[Orlando, FL]- The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is pleased to announce that on August 21, 2018, Chief Deputy Commissioner James J. Szablewicz was named President of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, Inc. (NAWCJ) at its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Founded in 2009, the NAWCJ is a non-profit organization designed to provide educational opportunities exclusively for the workers’ compensation judiciary at the trial or appellate level. Designed to enhance justice within the workers’ compensation system, regardless of state or jurisdiction, the association is coordinated and overseen by members of the judiciary directly responsible for the adjudication of workers’ compensation matters. The mission of the association is to provide educational forums for the workers’ compensation judiciary concerning issues that are unique to this system of justice. Emphasis is placed on providing an educational resource and national forum that will enhance the ability of workers’ compensation judges on a national scale to deal with a commonality of issues, regardless of the substantive laws of the different states.
“Being chosen to lead the only national organization of workers’ compensation judges truly is an honor and I cannot think of a more exciting time to be a part of this great organization,” said Szablewicz. “I look forward to building upon the progress of the NAWCJ’s first decade and working to develop exceptional educational opportunities for workers’ compensation adjudicators across the country.”
Szablewicz received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to becoming Chief Deputy Commissioner in 2004, he served as a Deputy Commissioner for two years, and was engaged in the private practice of law on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for 11 years. Szablewicz was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in March 2014.