Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Making of Wyoming’s First Workers’ Compensation Treatise

I am embarked, along with my research assistants, rising University of Wyoming College of Law 2Ls John Hornbaker IV and Jeremy Meerkreebs, on the construction of Wyoming’s first workers’ compensation treatise. It is my intention to provide some status updates along the way for those that might have passing interest in such a process.

To begin with, we have been canvassing state-specific workers’ compensation treatises around the country through WorldCat, both to evaluate treatise structures, and to assess the prevalence of such treatises generally.

I am surprised to learn – and I will appreciate being corrected by the community on this score if wrong – that 18 states do not possess (and appear never to have possessed) a state-specific treatise:

AZ, AR, DE, HI, KS, MI, MT, NE, NV, ND, OK, OR, SD, UT, VT, WA, WV, WY

The Western over-representation strikes me as interesting. In our own Rocky Mountain region, we think we have found that only Colorado possesses a treatise that is regularly updated. Idaho appears to have had a treatise, but from a distance it seems to be inactive.

Again, all corrections/refinements will be appreciated.

Michael C. Duff

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/workerscomplaw/2018/05/the-making-of-wyomings-first-workers-compensation-treatise.html

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Comments

I can confirm that our neighboring state of West Virginia (I'm from Pennsylvania) does not have a workers' compensation treatise. Pennsylvania lawyers that, as of late, have started to secure licensure in West Virginia, and undertake practice in workers' compensation there (a trend), have frequently raised this omission with me.

Posted by: Dave Torrey | May 31, 2018 5:02:58 PM

That is helpful. Thanks, Judge Torrey. Mike

Posted by: Michael C. Duff | May 31, 2018 5:10:25 PM

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