9th Annual State of the Art Medical & Rehabilitative Care in Brain Injury: Clinical & Legal Implications Conference


The 9th Annual State of the Art con­ference was held in Napa, Califor­nia on November 21-22, 2008. Over 100 medical and legal professionals were in attendance, and as the direct ser­vice providers to persons with brain injury, they received continuing education units in relation to their fields and disci­plines. The topics covered ranged from pediatric brain injury and the initial resus­citation following TBI to the development and use of demonstrative evidence to legal Silverado Resort & Country Club Golf Course tactics, evidence and medical considera­tions in the trial of a TBI case. In addition, we were very pleased to have Ms. Susan Connors, President / CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) speak about the BIAA, The Voice of Help and Hope.

In addition to the conference, CALBIA once again held a Silent Auction and Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Association. Thanks to our many sponsors, we had numerous donations from the local wineries and other donors that provided gifts for auction. The golf tournament was held on Sunday, November 23rd and fortunately, it turned out to be a beautiful day to play golf and enjoy the majestic course at the Silverado Resort and Country Club.

The highlight of the weekend was trip to Castello di Amorosa, where conference attendees paid an addi­tional fee to tour the replica medieval castle, complete with 107 rooms, moat, drawbridge, fresco-lined walls, and torture chamber among the many other features. Wines from the V. Sattui Winery were featured, along with a gourmet buffet dinner provided by Alex’s Catering in the Napa Valley.

Proceeds from the conference and the above named activities benefited the California Brain Injury Association entirely. This would not have been possible without the many sponsors, as well as our esteemed speakers that donated their time and travel expenses to CALBIA. It is with great pleasure that CALBIA recognize the following individuals and organizations that contributed to the success of the conference:

CALBIA Board of Directors
Richard Adams, MD Mark J. Ashley, Sc.D. Kevin Burton Sharon Grandinette, MA Dennis Hays, Esq. David Hovda, Ph,D. Felice Loverso, Ph.D. Robert Ludlow Jr., Esq. Claude Munday, Ph.D. Nancy Payne Ann Perkins, MA Randall H. Scarlett, JD Patsy Sholders, MA

Medical Director
David Patterson, MD
Continuing Education

CME Credits

  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • Center for Health Education
  • Richard Adams, MD
  • Ruth Schweitzer, Director

MCLE Credits

  • Scarlett Law Group
  • Randall H. Scarlett, JD
  • Deborah Swan

RN Credits

  • Centre for Neuro Skills®
  • Mark J. Ashley, Sc.D.
  • Leigh Ann Toran


Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation Centre for Neuro Skills® Creative Capital Defense & Veterans Brain Injury Center High Impact Litigation Learning Services Corporation MediVisuals Rehab Without Walls Santa Clara Valley Medical Center UCI Brain Imaging

Scarlett Law Group Centre for Neuro Skills® Law Cash Bostwick & Associates The Veen Firm, P.C. Malone Law Office High Impact Litigation Jones, Clifford, Johnson & Johnson Creative Capital Lasting Impression Promotional Products R.A.B. Motors, Inc. Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer Newton Medical Group Law Offices of Hinton, Alfert & Sumner Shea & Shea Attorneys at Law Doehrman Chamberlain Attorneys at Law Nolan Law Group

Conference Planning Committee
Richard Adams, MD Mark J. Ashley, Sc.D. Paula Daoutis Patrick Johnson Lisa Kreber, Ph.D. Claude Munday, Ph.D. Bruce Nelson Randall H. Scarlett, JD Kavie VonHusen, OT

Sue Ashley Cheri Barnes Susan Hansen Clareen Hays Ellen Katomski Helen Nelson

Speaking Faculty
Robert Asarnow, Ph.D.
James Bostwick, Esq.
Frank Branson, Esq.
Susan Connors, BIAA President/CEO
Daniel Davis, MD
Thomas Doehrman, Esq.
Anthony Label, Esq.
Jeffrey Max, Ph.D.
Greg Muir, Esq.
Howard Nations, Esq.
Mayumi Prins, Ph.D.
Ronald Ruff, Ph.D.
Randall H. Scarlett, JD
Richard Schoenberger, Esq.
Scott H. Z. Sumner, Esq.
Mariusz Ziejewski, Ph.D., Inc.

Silent Auction Sponsors
Beringer Vineyards Beuhler Vineyards Cakebread Cellars Caymus Vineyards Charbay Winery & Distillery Charles Krug / Peter Mondavi Family Ehlers Estate Fremar Abbey Winery Frog’s Leap Winery Green & Red Vineyard Grigch Hills Estate Heitz Wine Cellars The Hess Collection Winery Milat Wine Company Monteicello Vineyards Nichelini Winery Nickel & Nickel Vineyards Pine Ridge Winery Raymond vineyards Rutherford Grove Winery Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Sequoia Grove Winery Shafer Vineyards

Spottswoode Estate vineyard & Winery Staglin Family Vineyard Trefethen Vineyards Trent Ghringhelli Twomey Cellars V. Sattui Winery ZD Wines Denys & Donna Cazet David & Anita Cummings Tina Horn Lyne Brown J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Bakersfield Condors Elephant Bar California Pizza Kitchen Tiger Woods Foundation Awesome Auction Deals Knights Jewelers San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Julie Stover - Julie Jewels