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    May Program: Unemployment Insurance Appeals Processes

    Date: May 16, 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    Siouxland SHRM
    Holiday Inn 701 Gordon Dr, Sioux City, IA 51101

    (Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., chapter business conducted during the meal, and program presentation starts at 12:00 p.m.)
    Free to members; $20 for nonmembers
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    Speaker: James Timberland, Administrative Law Judge Iowa Unemployment Appeals, Iowa Workforce Development

    James Timberland earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees at the University of Iowa. While studying law, he worked on the Journal of Corporation Law, conducted research for a property law professor, clerked for a city attorney and county seat law firm, and chaired the student-run Client Counseling Program. He was fortunate to have studied administrative law under Professor Arthur Bonfield, chief architect of the Iowa Administrative Procedures Act. James was admitted to practice law in Iowa in 1997. He began his law career in private practice in Ames. He then served as the Assistant Boone County Attorney and as an Assistant State Public Defender assigned to Story County. In 2004, James became an Administrative Law Judge in the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Bureau at Iowa Workforce Development. He has heard and decided more than 9,000 unemployment insurance appeals. James is an Iowa native and grew up in Marshalltown. He currently lives in Ames with his wife and son. He serves as a judicial member on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid Society of Story County. James is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Story County Bar Association.

    Topic: Unemployment Insurance Appeals Processes 

    This program will describe procedures for UI Appeals Bureau ALJ hearings, including prehearing processes, the hearing notice, expectations before and during the hearing with an ALJ, and appeals before the Employment Appeal Board and beyond.  She will offer tips and general expectations for those who appear pro se in unemployment insurance administrative appeal hearings and discuss how the Code of Administrative Judicial Conduct applies to these proceedings.  

    Credits: 1.5 HRCI Continuing Education Units and 1.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits applied for
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