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Applying the Rules of Civil Procedure in Louisiana

Audio CD + Course Book

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June, 2018

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  • National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. - 6.00
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From Event: Applying the Rules of Civil Procedure in Louisiana, held June 2018.

Program Description

Do you know the most effective way to apply the Rules of Civil Procedure to get the best outcome for your client? Are you up to date with the latest changes? This practical guide uses the experience of veteran civil litigation attorneys to build your own skills. From commencing an action to enforcing a judgment, you'll learn which procedural rules can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Stay a step ahead of your opponent with detailed knowledge of service of process, discovery and motions. Get insights into the rules judges enforce to the letter and which they let slide. No matter which side of the claim your client is on, our faculty will prepare you to master civil procedure. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Changes in the Rules of Civil Procedure
  2. Commencing an Action
  3. Answering or Responding to a Complaint
  4. Jurisdiction and Service of Process
  5. Discovery: Scheduling, Conducting and Paying
  6. Using Motions to Enhance Your Case
  7. Voir Dire/Jury Selection: Veteran Strategies
  8. Ethical Practices for Civil Litigation

Continuing Education Credit

National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. – NALA: 6.00 N - Credit Approval Expiration 06/15/2020 *

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. – NFPA

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Changes in the Rules of Civil Procedure
    9:00 - 9:20, Jessica A. Roberts
  2. Commencing an Action
    9:20 - 10:00, Jessica A. Roberts
    1. Whether to File in State or Federal Court or a Specialty Court
    2. Does Your Complaint Meet the Plausibility Pleading Standard?
    3. Should You Demand a Jury Trial?
    4. How and When to Amend Your Pleadings
    5. Avoiding Dismissal When Substituting Parties
  3. Answering or Responding to a Complaint
    10:15 - 10:55, Jessica A. Roberts
    1. Should You Answer or File a Motion to Dismiss
    2. How to Plead Affirmative Defense
    3. Managing Allocation of Fault to Your Advantage
    4. When to Ask for a More Definite Statement
    5. Rules for Bringing a Counterclaim
    6. How to Compute Deadlines
  4. Jurisdiction and Service of Process
    10:55 - 11:45, Jessica A. Roberts
    1. Ensuring Personal Jurisdiction of the Defendant Through Proper Service of Process
    2. How to Claim Insufficient Service of Process
    3. When the Defendant is a Foreign Party
    4. Removing a Case to Federal Court
  5. Discovery: Scheduling, Conducting and Paying
    12:45 - 1:35, MaryJo L. Roberts
    1. What Information Falls Under Mandatory Initial Disclosure?
    2. Using Protective Orders to Allocate Discovery Expenses
    3. Limiting the Cost of ESI Discovery Through Proportionality
    4. Handling the When, Where and How of Depositions
    5. Who Pays for Witness Depositions, Court Reporters and More
    6. Procedures for Issuing Subpoenas and Compelling Testimony
    7. How to Handle Disputes Over Privileged Materials and Work Product
    8. Sanctions for Failing to Disclose or Cooperate in Discovery
  6. Using Motions to Enhance Your Case
    1:35 - 2:25, Charles O. Taylor
    1. How to Request and Secure Default Judgment
    2. Issuing or Opposing a Motion for Summary Judgment
    3. Issuing Motions After the Verdict
    4. When Can You Move to Withdraw or Amend an Admission?
    5. Getting a Judgment as a Matter of Law
  7. Voir Dire/Jury Selection: Veteran Strategies
    2:40 - 3:30, Kevin J. Christensen
    1. Voir Dire: Process and Procedure
    2. Strategically Addressing the Negative Points of Your Case
    3. Ferreting Out Which Jurors Have Biases
    4. Rehabilitating Potential Jurors That Might be Helpful to Your Client
    5. Setting Unfavorable Jurors Up for a Cause Challenge
    6. When to Move to Strike for Cause
    7. Top Jury Selection Mistakes Attorneys Make
    8. Additional Strategies and Pointers
  8. Ethical Practices for Civil Litigation
    3:30 - 4:30, Laurence Cohen
    1. Cooperation Among Attorneys
    2. Using Rules of Professionalism and Civility to Maintain Cooperation
    3. Confidentiality and Data Security
    4. Rules Against Ex-Parte Communications
    5. Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

KEVIN J. CHRISTENSEN is the managing member of Kevin Christensen & Associates, LLC, where he enjoys a broad litigation practice focusing on commercial litigation, maritime law and criminal defense. Mr. Christensen has previously spoken at a multi-day international business law conference in Salzburg, Austria, as well as at several previous National Business Institute seminars. His article "Of Comity: Aerospatiale as Lex Maritima" was published in the premier edition of the Loyola Maritime Law Journal. Mr. Christensen is admitted to the state bars of Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee and Texas, as well as to thirteen federal jurisdictions including the United States Supreme Court. He also is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New Orleans Bar Association Inn of Court. Mr. Christensen earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from Tulane University School of Law.

LAURENCE COHEN is a sole practitioner who has practiced automobile law, maritime law, and personal injury law in New Orleans since 1982. He has represented thousands of people who have been injured and hurt in all types of occurrences from the simple to the severe and complex. Mr. Cohen has tried hundreds of cases all over the state. He earned his B.S. degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and his J.D. degree from Tulane University.

JESSICA A. ROBERTS is a litigation attorney with Frilot L.L.C. Ms. Roberts focuses primarily on complex litigation in federal and state courts, including construction, general casualty, land use and zoning, and general commercial insurance litigation. Ms. Roberts also handles a wide range of transactional work ranging from all aspects of formation work for startup companies and other strategic partnerships to residential and commercial development and construction contracts and transactions. Ms. Roberts has represented government entities, owners, contractors, subcontractors, and other affected parties during the legislative process, the contract negotiation phase, through public hearings, mediations, at trial, and on appeal. A regular presenter on historic preservation topics and land use and zoning, Ms. Roberts is the Assistant Editor of the American Bar Association’s Construction Law Forum Flash and serves on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her J.D. degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans.

MARYJO L. ROBERTS is an attorney with The Kullman Firm where she practices in the area of labor and employment. Her practice area encompasses a broad range of labor and employment law disputes, including Title VII and state law discrimination, harassment, retaliation litigation, Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") litigation, EEOC complaints and investigations, employment contracts, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, and wage and garnishment litigation. Ms. Roberts also provides employment advice and training on matters such as employee hiring and discharge, employee discipline and employment investigations, drafting employment manuals and handbooks, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues, electronic communications policies, and addressing employee privacy concerns. She practices before federal and state courts throughout Louisiana. She is a member of the American, Federal, Louisiana State, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge bar associations; and the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Roberts is a frequent speaker on labor and employment matters. She earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of New Orleans and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

CHARLES O. TAYLOR is an attorney in the law firm of Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes, L.L.P., where he practices in the areas of medical malpractice, ERISA, sex discrimination and products liability. He is a frequent lecturer to diverse audiences, including the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, the New Orleans Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Hastings Group, GE Medical Protective Physicians, and Touro Infirmary medical and dental staffs. Mr. Taylor's professional publications include articles in the areas of emergency medicine, tort damages, medical and legal malpractice, as well as HIPAA. He is admitted in Louisiana, all Louisiana federal courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Taylor is an adjunct professor of law at the School of Law, Loyola University. He also has taught paralegals at Tulane University College. Mr. Taylor earned his B.A. degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and his J.D. degree from the School of Law at Western New England College. He is a founding member and past chairman of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (Medical Malpractice Section), and is immediate past co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association (Medical/Legal Interprofessional Committee) and the Louisiana State Medical Society. Mr. Taylor is a fellow in the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was named one of the top 200 lawyers in New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine and a Leader in the Law by City Business.

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Accreditation Details:

National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.

N LA: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This seminar meets the requirements of the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., for 6.0 hours, including 1.0 ethics, of continuing legal assistant education self-study credit required to maintain the CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) credential.

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.

N PAR: Credit Approval Exp
NBI, Inc. is a NFPA approved CLE provider.

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