Social Security Law Section

Message from the Chair

Section Chair:

L. David Ferrari

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As your Section Chairman effective July 1, 2015, I would like to thank you for your membership in the Social Security Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. Many professional organizations vie for our time, treasure and talent. Besides other bar associations, there are associations for administrative law judges, Social Security Administration attorneys, claimant’s representatives, and state agency personnel. Each of these organizations provides worthwhile benefits to its members.

The Social Security Law Section of the FBA is unique because our membership is drawn from all groups involved in the adjudication of Social Security disability issues who are attorneys in good standing with their bar, including administrative law judges, district court judges, claimants’ representatives and Social Security staff attorneys. For this reason, we can – and must – have a broader perspective. Our primary mission is to serve as advocates for a fair, effective, efficient and fully funded adjudicatory system.

The Social Security Law Section continues to increase value to your membership in the section through our programs and initiatives infra:

Our Section newsletter Social Security News, is ably lead by Section Board member Dana W. Duncan, an experienced Social Security disability law practitioner from the Wisconsin area. Each issue of the newsletter contains a regular “New Case Update” feature to be authored by Section Board member Casey Saunders, as well as feature articles on legal issues of interest to our membership. We hope that you will consider submitting an article or commentary for a future issue of the newsletter. Send your ideas or articles to Dana Duncan.

Our Webinar Committee is headed by Section Board member Jerrold A. Sulcove, a disability law attorney from the Pennsylvania area.  We plan to produce a webinar on an emerging issue in Social Security disability law. If you have a suggestion for a topic, or would like to help with the webinar, please contact Jerry Sulcove.

You do not have to be a Board member to be appointed to a committee! We will need the active participation of all members of the Section in this process. And we will also need more members. Please take a moment to identify a lawyer or ALJ whom you know who is not currently a member, and urge him or her to join the FBA and our Section today.

I intend to update the Chair’s message as often as the staff will tolerate it. Expect to hear more about the issues supra and our committees in the future. The other members of the Section Board and I welcome your input and ideas about how to make this Section more effective in meeting your needs. Please send me an email at with your thoughts.

David Ferrari is the Chair of the Social Security Law Section and a practicing attorney with the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC in Boston, MA. The views expressed in this Message are solely his, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Social Security Administration, the Federal Bar Association, or the Social Security Law Section.


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