Monthly Archives: August 2013

Social Security Disability and Unemployment Benefits

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Congressional interest in overlapping SSDI and unemployment benefits has increased recently. In addition to the Senate bill that would offset benefits, S. 1099 [see June 2013 NOSSCR Social Security Forum], a bill has been introduced in the House of  Representatives, H.R. 1502 that would preclude (not offset) receipt of SSDI benefits for any month of eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. The “Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act” would deem an individual to have engaged in substantial gainful activity (SGA) for any month that individual was entitled to unemployment insurance benefits. In addition, the individual would be deemed to have rendered “services” in a month for trial work period purposes if unemployment benefits were received in that month. The House bill is different form the Senate bill in that S. 1099 would simply offset the amount of unemployment benefits from the SSDI benefits amount for any month of concurrent receipt. The House bill precludes eligibility for concurrent receipt months. In addition, by deeming such months as SGA or trial work period months, termination of  benefits could occur sooner. The main sponsor of the bill is Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Way and Means Social Security Subcommittee.  Cosponsors include some of the other Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Attorney Byron David Admitted to The United States Supreme Court Bar

byron david, conway

Attorney Byron David has been admitted to practice in The United States Supreme Court.   To qualify for admission to US Supreme Court Bar, the attorney must have been admitted to practice in the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession, or the District of Columbia for a period of at least three years, not subject of any adverse disciplinary action, and must appear to the Court to be of good moral and professional character.  In addition, the attorney must be certified by the State Bar Association as having good moral character.  If these requirements are met, the applicant then has to have two attorneys, already admitted into the US Supreme Court, that will sponsor the applicant’s character.

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States, and leads the federal judiciary. It consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and Imageeight Associate Justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed with the “advice and consent” (majority vote) of the Senate. Once appointed, Justices effectively have life tenure, serving “during good behavior”, which terminates only upon death, resignation, retirement, or conviction on impeachment. The Court meets in Washington, DC in the United States Supreme Court building. The Supreme Court is primarily an appellate court, but it has original jurisdiction over a small range of cases.

Congratulations to Attorney David for this honor!