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The Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) Chief Administrative Law Judge is responsible for overseeing the operations of the adjudication division staff. This position is governed

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Monitors the performance of the Administrative Law Judges within the Commission’s Adjudication Division. Reviews files and signs Administrative Orders of Dismissal at the request of the Commission’s clerk pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated 11-9-702. Serves as Special Chairman or Special Commissioner by appointment of the Governor for a temporary term, to hear specific cased only, when any member of the Commission is disqualified for any reason pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated 11-9-201(c)(1). Conducts Joint Petition and Third Party hearings and Pre-hearing conferences. Reviews transcripts, researches applicable law, and drafts written opinions to include finding of fact and conclusions of law following contested hearings. Reviews and responds to incoming correspondence for appropriate action, to include orders, issuance of Commission subpoenas, and notices of pending and/or future proceedings. Attends legal seminars and conferences and reads legal, technical, and professional publications to continue legal education as required by law. Interprets goals, policies and programs so as to accurately communicate the agency mission. Represents the agency in meetings, committees, conferences, and workgroups. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of Worker Compensation law and administrative procedures. Knowledge of Arkansas tax laws, medical terminology, regulations, and precedents. Knowledge of principle organizational and management practices. Ability to preside over hearings. Ability to prepare oral and written information and reports. Ability to communicate to a diverse group of people. Ability to analyze data, prepare reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus seven years of experience in the practice of law, including six years in a professional managerial capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201.


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