Newsline No. 10-12  
February 13, 2012  

2012 Carrie Nevans community service awards announced

The California Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Carrie Nevans Community Service Award. This year’s award in Southern California goes to defense attorney Saul Allweiss. The Northern California recipient is applicant attorney Lisa Ivancich. The awards will be presented at the upcoming 19th annual DWC educational conference luncheons.  (Ms. Nevans was the respected acting administrative director of DWC from 2005 to 2011 who passed away last year.)

“These awards are not only about being outstanding in your field of endeavor, but about taking extra steps for the betterment of the injured workers and employers who are those most significantly impacted by an efficient workers’ compensation system,” said DIR Director Christine Baker. “Recognizing outstanding effort is one of the more enjoyable facets of my job and I am very pleased to recognize Lisa and Saul who are living tributes to Carrie Nevans’ selfless efforts to improve our system.”

Saul Allweiss has been involved in workers’ compensation since 1976 as a claims adjuster and has operated his own law practice since 2002. Allweiss is an active member of the Workers’ Compensation Enforcement Collaborative (WCEC) to assist injured workers who find themselves without benefits while working for uninsured employers, is a  former member of the California State Bar Executive Committee for Workers’ Compensation (where Saul still helps even though his tenure ended). Allweiss also participates in advisory groups and roundtables that deal with a range of issues including the permanent disability rating schedule, return to work, and medical treatment. 

Lisa Ivancich is a prominent applicant attorney and her contributions to the legal system also include participation in the WCEC, Legal Aid in Oakland, Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, Judge Pro Tem at the Oakland Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Chairperson of the State Bar Workers’ Comp section, and partner in a law firm bearing her name. Ivancich’s contributions to her community include leadership roles with Lend a Hand Foundation and the Pegnim and Ivancich Youth Foundation. The latter organization recently adopted an elementary school where approximately 98 percent of the students receive public assistance.

The DWC’s 19th annual educational conference is the largest workers’ compensation training in the state and allows claims administrators, attorneys, medical providers, return to work specialists, employers, and others to learn about the most recent developments in the system as well as on-going DWC programs. The Los Angeles conference (Feb. 23-24, 2012) is now sold out. The Oakland training, which takes place March 5-6, 2012 at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, has available space and registrations continue to be accepted.