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Certified Paralegal Program Receives National Accreditation

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the NALA Certified Paralegal certification program for a five year period, expiring April 30, 2019 ...

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Paralegal CLE App for iPad and Androids Now Available

NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification courses, and NALA Campus self-study programs are now available from the Apple Store and Google Play! Paralegals may now purchase or login to courses in which they are currently enrolled through this app. The app features a free course preview for each of the 32 programs, and access to course pre-tests for CP Exam prep courses!

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New Advanced Certification Course - Child Custody

A new Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC) course in Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation is now available to paralegals seeking advanced certification in this specialty practice area ...

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Certifying Board Releases Job Analysis Report

The report is used by the Certifying Board to validate and update the Certified Paralegal exam as needed and ensure NALA has current information about the roles and responsibilities of paralegals.

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Litigation - Trial Preparation
Registration fees are $80 per course for NALA members, and $105 for non-members. Fees vary for courses presented in two parts.

The audio portion of the presentation is conducted via telephone conference call. This is a toll free call.

For groups, more than one participant per site, is $80 for one NALA member or $105 for one non-member registrant plus $45 for each additional person. Participants must register in order to receive Certificates of Attendance and CLE credit. Registrations of groups are handled through NALA Headquarters. Contact Mariah Williams at
mwilliams@nala.org.

CLE credit toward maintenance of the CP credential is available for completion of NALA Campus LIVE! programs. The maximum credit available is two hours per course.

For a list of the courses as in date order please click here.
Civil Litigation: Part I
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3963

The Beginning: This first session of Civil Litigation addresses what litigation actually is (e.g., it is not a “substantive” area of the law) and covers use of the Internet to find resources beneficial to litigation paralegals. The presentation will also include: commencement of the action; conflict of laws; pleadings; affirmative defenses; counterclaims, cross-claims and third party practice. Emphasis throughout all three Civil Litigation sessions will be on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and what paralegals need to know about them to be effective members of the litigation team.

Ms. Sanders-West was President of NALA from 1986–1988, and is a familiar instructor in Certified Paralegal Review Courses. She has served as Chair of the national Certifying Board for Legal Assistants, and is a former instructor in the Legal Assistant Program at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
 
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3969

 
The Middle:  The second session of Civil Litigation will cover motion practice and removals.  We will discuss discovery in detail, including new issues raised by electronic data discovery.  There will be a discussion of privilege, including the distinction between attorney/client privilege and work product privilege.  As with the first presentation, what paralegals need to know about the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will be emphasized.

Ms. Sanders-West was President of NALA from 1986–1988, and is a familiar instructor in Certified Paralegal Review Courses. She has served as Chair of the national Certifying Board for Legal Assistants, and is a former instructor in the Legal Assistant Program at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
 
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3976

 
The End:  The third and final session of Civil Litigation will cover trials, post-trial motions and the appeal process.  As with the first two presentations, what paralegals need to know about the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Appellate Rules will be emphasized. 
 
Ms. Sanders-West was President of NALA from 1986–1988, and is a familiar instructor in Certified Paralegal Review Courses. She has served as Chair of the national Certifying Board for Legal Assistants, and is a former instructor in the Legal Assistant Program at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
 
Electronic Discovery: Best Practices for Small to Midsize Firms and Companies
Shazzie Naseem
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3920

Please check back for further details on the course.

Shazzie concentrates his practice in the areas of complex federal white collar criminal defense and general business litigation. Prior to joining Berkowitz Oliver LLP in 2006, Shazzie served on active duty for six years as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps). During his tenure with the military he litigated to verdict various contested courts-martial involving violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He represented hundreds of military personnel throughout various stages of internal investigations, inspector general requests, and administrative boards. In 2004, Shazzie was selected by his Command to act as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California for Naval Base Ventura County where he prosecuted violations of both federal and state law.
 
Shazzie uses the judgment, skill, and versatility obtained during his tenure as both trial and defense counsel to assist individuals and companies of all sizes in responding to criminal and regulatory investigations brought by federal, state, and local authorities. He has counseled numerous companies and individuals on investigation responses to various governmental inquiries and has extensive experience in the field of electronic information collection, review, and production to government agencies. Although he has broad experience trying cases to full verdicts before both judges and juries, Shazzie also routinely represents business clients at a range of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings, including representation of commercial interests that come before the American Arbitration Association.
 
Shazzie serves as a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Additionally, he travels the country as a faculty member for the Administrative Office of the United States District Courts Office of Defender Services Training Branch Law and Technology Series, which trains lawyers and paralegals on the successful use and implementation of technology in the practice of law.
 
Shazzie received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion from Truman State University in 1997 and graduated from The University of Notre Dame Law School in 2000.

 
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3936

 
This is an entry level introduction to evidence.  Developed especially for the legal assistant who has had limited or no experience with trial preparation and assisting in the courtroom.  Included will be a discussion of why and what legal assistants need to know about the rules of evidence and their purpose, the nature/definition of evidence, the admission or exclusion of evidence, relevance (what it is, what it means), materiality (what it is, what it means). 
 
Ms. Sanders-West was President of NALA from 1986–1988, and is a familiar instructor in Certified Paralegal Review Courses. She has served as Chair of the national Certifying Board for Legal Assistants, and is a former instructor in the Legal Assistant Program at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
 
Evidence Part 2/Intermediate
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3941

Evidence Part 2 is designed for the Legal Assistant who has some experience with trial preparation and courtroom assistance.  A review of the categories of evidence rules will be included.  We will look in more detail at relevance and materiality as it relates to evidence.  In addition, this session will discuss witnesses generally & witness impeachment.  The various types of evidence and their use in the courtroom will be addressed.  Rules addressing judicial notice and privilege will be covered. 
 
Ms. Sanders-West was President of NALA from 1986–1988, and is a familiar instructor in Certified Paralegal Review Courses. She has served as Chair of the national Certifying Board for Legal Assistants, and is a former instructor in the Legal Assistant Program at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
 
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3948


This advanced program is created for the Legal Assistant who has extensive experience in trial preparation and assisting in the courtroom.  Hearsay will be discussed, as well as opinion and expert testimony, burden of proof and presumptions, admissibility of evidence generated by technology, evidence authentication and best evidence doctrine.  Practical examples of how the rules come into plan in the courtroom will be provided, along with references to case law interpreting the rules.  The primary emphasis will be on the role of evidence in civil actions with limited discussion of evidence in criminal matters. 
 
Ms. Sanders-West was President of NALA from 1986–1988, and is a familiar instructor in Certified Paralegal Review Courses. She has served as Chair of the national Certifying Board for Legal Assistants, and is a former instructor in the Legal Assistant Program at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
 

Fact Investigation and Analysis
Patricia J. Gustin, CP
Monday, February 16, 2015
11 am - 1 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3923

This presentation will feature the tools and techniques paralegals need when conducting internal fact finding investigations on behalf of a client. In case-scenario format, the session will cover the structure of fact analysis and major guides to fact gathering, the investigation “game plan,” and how to conduct a successful fact finding investigation. Sources of information, aligning facts to the issues-at hand, and gaining the cooperation of others will be covered, along with challenges and roadblocks, and pulling the fact finding investigation together in written form for attorney review.

Pat Gustin, CP, is a case management paralegal for the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Professional Compliance Office, where she conducts factual investigations for both medical and business occupational boards.  She has also specialized in assisting expert witnesses and law firms in both criminal and civil matters involving diverse areas of law, including investigation, litigation support and expert testimony.  She is an accomplished speaker, trainer and author of many published works, including numerous articles for national paralegal journals.  She holds a BBA degree in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University, and a diploma in private investigation.  Gustin has received various citations for her dedication and work in the paralegal field.

Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3925


FOIA, otherwise known as “The Freedom of Information Act” What is it? Why do we need it? Who can use it? What it can and what it cannot do. How to use FOIA to get the information you need. These and other question/applications regarding FOIA will be addressed in this NALA Campus LIVE! session.
 
Ms. Sanders-West was President of NALA from 1986–1988, and is a familiar instructor in Certified Paralegal Review Courses. She has served as Chair of the national Certifying Board for Legal Assistants, and is a former instructor in the Legal Assistant Program at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
 
How to Prepare a Large Document Intensive Case for Trial
Stephanie B. Elliott, NCCP
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3977


Organizing a large document case is very much like organizing troops for battle.  What do you need?  What do you do with the “stuff”?  How do you stay organized?  Hear stories, tips and techniques from a battle worn paralegal.
 
The ultimate goal of any successful trial paralegal to help create an atmosphere that allows your attorneys and client to prepare and participate in trial without worrying about the problems that will absolutely pop up.  You may not be able to anticipate what the judge and jury is going to do, but you can problem solve (ahead of time) and plan for the “what ifs”.  Stephanie Elliott will help you learn to prepare for going to trial with checklists, solutions for organizing documents, preparing discovery and more.  Learn some tried and true procedures that will assist your trial team from the beginning of your case through the end of trial.

Stephanie B. Elliott, NCCP is a senior litigation paralegal for the law firm of Gray, Layton, Kersh, Solomon, Furr & Smith, P.A., in Gastonia, NC where she manages the practice of the senior litigation partner, William E. Moore, Jr. Ms. Elliott and Mr. Moore were featured in the Legal Teams column of Legal Assistant Today (May/June 2008). She specializes in litigation, and her experience also encompasses commercial, corporate and complex business litigation, employment litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, and medical malpractice.  She has experience with filings in the North Carolina Complex Business Court; State Court filings in counties across North Carolina; Federal Filings in the Western, Eastern and Middle districts of North Carolina, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Richmond, VA).  Ms. Elliott is also a faculty member of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Continuing Education Paralegal Certification Program, where she teaches Paralegal Profession and Legal Technology, and is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board.

Ms. Elliott is a member of various paralegal associations, including the National Association of Legal Assistants, the North Carolina State Bar Association, Paralegal Section and is the immediate past President of the North Carolina Paralegal Association. She currently serves as the North Carolina Paralegal Association’s NALA Liaison.  She is a featured speaker for the Institute for Paralegal Education and the National Business Institute, where she lectures on various litigation topics live and by webinar format.

She received her B.S. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1998 and is a Paralegal Technology Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Graduate from Central Piedmont Community College.  Ms. Elliott obtained her North Carolina State Bar Certification in 2005.  Ms. Elliott was awarded the Gaston County Paralegal of the Year in 2007, was nominated for the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal of the Year Award in 2010 and was also awarded the Paralegal Gateway’s 2011 Paralegal Superstar Award. Ms. Elliott is a 2014 recipient of the NALA Affiliate's Award.

In her spare time, Ms. Elliott keeps a busy social schedule.  She is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Gastonia, where she is a member of the Contemporary Choir, and Chanel Handbells.  She is raising an active and equally as busy 11 year old, and together they play the violin.  She is also teaching her son to play the trumpet (as she did all through junior high, high school and college) since he joined his school band this year.  When they aren’t practicing instruments or singing, they enjoy traveling to museums and seeing plays, and planning and preparing gourmet meals for their family and friends.
 
Paralegal's Role in e-Discovery
Theodora (Dorothe) J. McMahon, ACP
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3921


This interactive NALA Campus LIVE! course will walk you through the steps of electronic discovery beginning at the initial intake of a litigation matter and systematically will discuss the steps involved in the workflow and documentation of each aspect of the matter. We will look at preservation, collection, review and production and the importance of properly documenting each step.  In addition we will discuss some of the historic and continuing changes in the law as well as the case law that got us there.

Dorothe McMahon is a Corporate Paralegal in the Intellectual Property Litigation area with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company in Wilmington, Delaware.  Dorothe has been a paralegal for 20 years and holds the Advanced Certified Paralegal Credential in the areas of Discovery, Trial Practice and Contracts Management.  She specializes in multi-jurisdictional document intensive matters.  Dorothe is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Harford Community College in Churchville, Maryland where she has been teaching a “Technology in the Law Office” course since 2009.  She has presented numerous NALA Campus Live programs in the areas of E-Discovery, Advanced Discovery Techniques and is a past presenter of The Electronic Discovery Institute at the 2007 NALA Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana; the e-Discovery session during the 2013 Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon; and Anatomy of a Case during the 2014 convention in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition she has written articles on the subject.  Dorothe is a Past Member of the Maryland State Bar Association Special Committee on Paralegals, a Past Region II Director and Board Member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. and Past Board Member and Founder of Baltimore City Paralegal Association, Inc.
 
Sitting on the Counsel Table for the Litigation Paralegal
Rebecca E. Patty, JD
Monday, March 23, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time 
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Conference ID – 3951


The course content will include the following subject matter: an overview of the many ways a litigation paralegal can move beyond doing the background work before a trial, and become part of the in court trial team.  Paralegals can be of great assistance to lawyers at trial.  We will review some of the different ways that paralegals work with the trial during the trial, including working with jury selection, evidence and overall courtroom presentation.
 
Rebecca E. Patty currently serves as an Associate General Counsel for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, having served in that position since 1992.  As such, Ms. Patty conducts the negotiation and complex litigation of all types of administrative, civil, and personnel proceedings.  She also conducts legal research and opinion writing for the Department, supervising rulemaking and regulation adoption for the Land Division, prosecution of administrative orders to ensure environmental compliance, assistance in permit writing and rendering advice and counsel to the Land, Air, Water, and Coastal Divisions of the Department.  (RCRA, CWA, CERCLA).    In the past Ms. Patty has served as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the Department during public notice hearings on regulation changes.  Ms. Patty’s qualifications also include conducting defensive litigation on behalf of ADEM during appeals of terminated employees, and EEOC.
 
In 1987, Rebecca Patty received her B.A. degree in Political Science and English from Jacksonville State University.  She received her J.D. degree from the Cumberland school of Law in May, 1990.   She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in September, 1990.  Ms. Patty is admitted to practice in the state and all federal courts in Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Courts and the United States Supreme Court.
 
Ms. Patty also is a distinguished professor having taught at Samford University, Troy University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Birmingham School of Law.

In 2008, Ms. Patty was awarded the Alumna of the Year award by Jacksonville State University for her career achievements and work with her alma mater.
 
In 2010 Ms. Patty published an article in September/October 2010 issue of Facts & Findings.  Ms. Patty also that year presented her first seminar for NALA Campus LIVE!