California Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto recently appointed Ellen Sims Langille to serve as a member of the Workers Compensation Ethics Advisory Committee. The appointment was to become effective June 1, 2016.
Langille is general counsel of the California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI). She will fill the position of a member of the public representing insurers, previously held by Michael McClain of CWCI.
The ethics advisory committee, established in 1995 by Title 8, California Code of Regulations, section 9722, reviews all ethics complaints from the public against workers comp administrative law judges. The committee reviews all complaints without learning the names of complainants or judges, and then makes recommendations to the administrative director and the DWC court administrator.
The committee meets quarterly and members serve without compensation.
The regulation provides that the committee must include: three members of the public individually representing organized labor, insurers and self-insured employers; an attorney who formerly practiced before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board and who usually represented insurers or employers; an attorney who formerly practiced before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board and who usually represented applicants; a presiding judge; a workers comp administrative law judge (WCALJ) or retired WCALJ; and two members of the public outside the workers comp community.
A judicial ethics complaint form and instructions can be found on the forms page of the DWC website.
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