They are also the president and vice president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges. They are each expected to read, hear, and decide up to 700 appeals a year to clear a backlog of nearly a million cases. They say disability lawyers have flooded the system with cases that shouldn’t be there. Marilyn Zahm: In 1971, fewer than 20 percent of claimants were represented. Now, over 80 percent of claimants are represented by attorneys or representatives. Steve Kroft: Why do you think there’s so many more lawyers involved in this than there used to be? Marilyn Zahm: It’s lucrative. Randy Frye: Follow the money. Last year the Social Security Administration paid a billion dollars to claimants’ lawyers out of its cash-strapped disability trust fund. The biggest chunk — $70 million – went to Binder & Binder, the largest disability firm in the country. Lawyer Jenna Fliszar and Jessica White worked for Binder & Binder representing clients in front of disability judges from New Hampshire to West Virginia. Jenna Fliszar: I call it a legal factory because that’s all it is. I mean, they have figured out the system and they’ve made it into a huge national firm that makes millions of dollars a year on Social Security disability. Jessica White: I was hired at the end of 2008 and business was booming because the economy was so bad.
He says the money being offered is “pennies on the dollar” of what the prospects could be worth with an Olympic medal. “Mike, USA Boxing does not have the funds to compete with your offers,” the letter said. “If you have money and would like to assist these young athletes and the sport, you should donate for athlete stipends to support the training of these boxers and help your country regain its prominence on the medal stand. Please do not take them from us. If they win a medal for their country, you can always sign them to professional contracts at that time.” Tyson did not immediately return a phone call, and publicist Joann Mignano said he would not be commenting. Mignano confirmed, though, that Iron Mike Promotions signed Florida fighter Erickson Lubin on Tuesday, his 18th birthday. Lubin is a two-time Junior Olympic national champion and won the 152-pound division at the National Golden Gloves this year. In his USA Boxing bio, he said his goals were to win a gold medal at the Olympics, turn pro and win every title possible. “We want to be competitive and we want to increase our overall performance in the Olympic Games,” said USA Boxing executive director Anthony Bartkowski. “This is a new strategy of trying to make sure our Olympic-aged athletes are not poached by promoters. In the past, USA Boxing was passive and just accepted it.” Tyson isn’t the only promoter trying to lure amateurs to the pros.
Carlos Bocanegra on Chivas USA humiliation: “To lose like we did is embarrassing”
USA Boxing swings at Mike Tyson
A plan to contain Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane crumbled quickly in a 5-0 loss to the LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon, as did any hope of putting a dent into their cross-hall rivals playoff hopes. The Rojiblancos wilted in the heat, struggling mightily in the third leg of the SuperClasico and leaving head coach Jose Luis Guero Real questioning his teams effort for the first time. Without a doubt, this has not only been a bad performance, but we also lacked spirit, Real told reporters. Thats the part that leaves all of us coaches and players alike very discouraged. I can give you five excuses for what happened, but thats worthless. The only thing that counts here is that we played very poorly. OPTA Spotlight: Galaxy passing runs Chivas USA ragged The Goats were thoroughly overwhelmed, surrendering three goals in a span of 20 minutes in the first half. Much of the damage was done on crosses, with Gyasi Zardes repeatedly victimizing Mario de Luna from the flank to assist on two goals and score one himself. Not even the return of veteran Carlos Bocanegra (leg) to the lineup could help Chivas USA, as the Galaxy controlled possession and dissected a struggling backline that has allowed 10 goals over the last three matches. Everyone is pissed off, Bocanegra told reporters. To lose like we did is embarrassing. We have to look at ourselves and we all have to be held accountable for what happened. We have to be better.