Spotting Winning Cases: Tips for Interviewing Clients, Training Staff, and Referral Sources
While there is no sure-fire way to screen out unwinnable cases, it is possible to minimize the unwinnable cases from those that have a fair chance of success. Presenters will discuss their criteria for spotting winnable cases – and how to train staff to spot winnable cases. Presenters will also discuss how to train referral sources to send better, winnable referrals.
Paul McGrath - has worked in the area of Social Security Disability law since 2011, when he started advocating for disability claimants as a law intern. He has been representing claimants at hearings since 2014, which he greatly enjoys. Paul graduated with honors from Albany Law School in New York. While in law school, he interned in Albany Law’s Civil Rights and Disability Law Clinic, providing protection and advocacy services for people with profound disabilities in institutionalized settings. He earned an outstanding clinical student award for his work at the clinic. Following law school, Paul also worked as a volunteer attorney at the Minnesota Disability Law Center.
Asha Sharm- takes the time to get to know her clients. Understanding her clients is key to winning their cases. She treats her clients with respect and compassion and fights hard to win their cases.
Asha’s almost 30 years of experience as a lawyer help her to be an effective advocate for her clients. She has been an attorney since 1991 and has practiced Social Security Disability law since 2005. She has handled hundreds of Social Security Disability hearings.
Asha has had a wide range of experience in the law. For ten years, she worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services in disability health, children’s mental health, and other areas. She was an Adjunct Professor at the William Mitchell School of Law from 2004 to 2006. Her volunteer activities include volunteer mediation at Ramsey County and work with Minnesota Attorneys for Human Rights where she helped international refugees seeking asylum status.
Asha graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was an editor at the prestigious Minnesota Law Review. Upon graduation, she clerked for the Minnesota 3rd District Court (Rochester, MN) and later at the Minnesota Court of Appeals for Judge Edward Parker. She has completed training in mediation services.