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Capehart Scatchard shareholders John H. Geaney and Lora V. Northen spoke at the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network’s National Conference in Minneapolis.

Geaney, representing New Jersey, participated in a panel discussion titled “What is the Value of a Compensable Claim in Your State.”

The panel addressed issues of wage calculations, full and final settlement options, future medical and final settlement options from injuries ranging from sprain/strains to surgical cases.

Northen, past president of NWCDN, participated in a panel discussion along with Nicole Giddings of Andersen Corp., Maria Iorlano of Bed Bath & Beyond and Simonetta Leveque of Nordstrom in a presentation titled “The Anatomy of a Super Bowl Winning Team.”

The panelists discussed the key components to creating and maintaining a collaborative and coordinated workers’ compensation claims team.

Geaney concentrates his practice in the representation of employers in workers’ compensation defense matters, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Northen, co-chair of the firm’s workers’ compensation department, Northen focuses her practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, and insurance carriers.


The University of Pennsylvania Law School is set to present the Paul G. Haaga Jr. Lecture in Law, Government, and Public Policy on Nov. 1.

H.R. McMaster, retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former national security advisor, will deliver the lecture titled “Russian New Generation Warfare and the Threat to the Free World.” The event is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at Penn Law, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.

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The program was approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well.


Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is scheduled to hold its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201) at the Law School.

Nicole Stelle Garnett, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will present “The Case for Educational Pluralism.”

Garnett’s research focuses on property, land use, urban development, local government law and education policy. She is the author of numerous articles on these subjects and of two books.

At Notre Dame, Garnett is a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the senior policy advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education, a program engaged in a variety of efforts to strengthen and sustain K-12 Catholic schools.


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