Attorney Stephanie Lake Speaks at Prestigious Social Security Bench-Bar Conference
During the recent Social Security Bench-Bar Conference, District of Arizona, attorney Stephanie Lake, founder of the Law Offices of Stephanie Lake, P.C., discussed attorney fees and Social Security cases in federal court. “This was a collaborative seminar with Social Security attorneys and Federal Judges and Magistrates, so there were some interesting differences of opinion as well as important areas of dispute that we could resolve,” said Lake, a board-certified specialist in Social Security disability law.
Topics covered included how the government can actually pay an attorney’s client fees if they win the Social Security case, getting the government to agree and settle those fees, how to document one’s work and more. “I also talked about how once you win a remand or reversal, if you can get the government to pay as much as the attorney fee as possible, the less you have to charge your client,” added Lake.
In addition to the Social Security Bench-Bar Conference, Lake in the past has presented at the Bench-Bar Federal Court Self-Service Clinic, where she discussed putting together material and strategies for unrepresented plaintiffs trying to handle cases in federal court to try and get volunteer attorneys to handle the case with the guidance they put together at the bar. She also this past summer attended a Bench-Bar with Social Security Judges.
“This event focused on finding ways to expedite critical cases. Our goal was to come up with strategies to highlight those cases and help judges make quicker decisions,” concluded Lake. “Currently, the wait time for hearings is 600 days, so if someone turns up with stage four cancer, for example, we try to get them to the front of line as quickly as possible and help the Judge.”