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NALA has produced continuing education materials for paralegals for over 30 years. From the release of the first NALA Manual for Legal Assistants in the 70's, to today's web-based Advanced Paralegal Certification programs, NALA is dedicated to providing the best in CLE for all paralegals. 


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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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Real Estate-Principles Released

The NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification Board has released the much anticipated Real Estate Principles course! Real Estate Principles is now available online . . .

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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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Limited Practice Rule for Nonlawyers Approved June 15

June 15, 2012 Washington Supreme Court Order #25700-A-1005 Consistent with GR 25 (the Supreme Court rule establishing the Practice of Law Board), the rule establishes a framework for the licensing and regulation of non-attorneys to engage in discrete activities that currently fall within the definition of the "practice of law" (as defined by GR 24) and which are currently subject to exclusive regulation and oversight by this Court. The rule itself authorizes no one to practice. It simply establishes the regulatory framework for the consideration of proposals to allow non-attorneys to practice.

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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 8, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3729

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 15, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3734

 
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 22, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3736

 
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.
 
Digital Evidence: Find It, Harvest It and Use It
Joseph Caruso
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3782

 
Digital evidence is quickly becoming the number one source of evidence in discovery.  As more corporations, government agencies and businesses in general create the majority of their communications and business information electronically, the legal profession has to learn to adjust and utilize this information.  Business Week, in its annual business survey, revealed that 95% of all the information created by businesses, regardless of size, is in electronic form.

Individuals are no different.  It is estimated that since 2010, we sent more email, text messages and tweets and Facebooked more than we used the phone.  Some studies suggest even more than we verbally communicated.

The judiciary is keenly aware of this, and among other things, has amended the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) to reflect this paradigm shift in how legal professionals handle this abundant electronic evidence.

There is plenty of information out there on the FRCP, pre-discovery planning and how to produce digital evidence, and many vendors that do so, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  The real trials and tribulations of dealing with digital evidence lie in understanding how to identify relevant ESI, where it’s located, how to harvest it, and how to effectively use it.  And that’s what we will touch on today.
 
Joseph Caruso is the President, CEO and CTO of Global Digital Forensics, an industry leader in Computer Forensics, eDiscovery, Cyber Security and Expert Witnesses. Mr. Caruso is a Certified Computer Forensic Examiner and a member of the College of Forensic Sciences. He has written many articles on Computer Forensics.
 
Electronic Discovery: Best Practices for Small to Midsize Firms and Companies
Joseph Caruso
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3706

Introduction to eDiscovery
  The real cost and hurdles facing small to midsize companies and law firms;
  Essential definitions and procedures you need to know;
Documents, Emails and Databases - the big three and how to request them so they are usable.
Managing Discovery Requests
  Notifying custodians;
  Identifying potential ESI and preserving it;
  Harvesting ESI in a cost effective manner that is forensically sound (avoid sanctions);
  Do you have the tools to search and harvest already?
Reviewing and culling efficiently
  On-Line v. Local Review Tools;
  How technology can save time and money in review;
  Review of essential technology and tools for small to midsize firms and companies.
Working with vendors and consultants
  Choosing a vendor;
  Choosing technology and platforms;
  Avoid pitfalls and delays.
 
Joseph Caruso is the President, CEO and CTO of Global Digital Forensics, an industry leader in Computer Forensics, eDiscovery, Cyber Security and Expert Witnesses. Mr. Caruso is a Certified Computer Forensic Examiner and a member of the College of Forensic Sciences. He has written many articles on Computer Forensics.
 
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3705

 
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 18, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3711

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 25, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3717


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.
 
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3699


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.
 
Paralegal's Role in e-Discovery
Theodora (Dorothe) J. McMahon, ACP
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3707


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. 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.
 
The Ultimate Trial Notebook
Christina L. Koch, ACP
Friday, March 7, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3708


The Ultimate Trial Notebook is designed for the Legal Assistant with an Intermediate level of expertise in trial preparation. Attendees can expect to learn the main categories of a trial notebook, including what you should and should not focus on, as well as specific tools to use to organize and detail your trial notebook. You will learn how to mirror your paper trial notebook with your electronic trial notebook and how to implement the use of technology in trial preparation. Specific skills in trial preparation will be addressed, included pertinent pleadings and pre and post-trial motions. You will also learn how a legal assistant can assist in picking a jury, as well as how to poll a jury after trial and will develop a skill set that will assist both the legal assistant and the attorney in sharpening litigation skills.
 
Christina L. Koch, ACP, is a frequent national presenter and the owner of Koch Paralegal Consulting, a paralegal education and résumé service. She is a freelance author, blogger and is a past president for the Nebraska Paralegal Association. She has 22 years in the legal field and has been the Litigation Paralegal for Inserra & Kelley since 2002.
 
David V. Dilenschneider, Esq.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3688


This fast-paced and revealing presentation addresses how to use online resources to investigate experts.  In today's practice, paralegals are often asked to research experts, and so many are generally aware of some of the resources available to do that task.  Through this presentation, paralegals will gain an even better understanding of (1) what to look for when researching experts, (2) the types of information available online to learn about experts, and (3) the strategic use of such information once found.  By participating in this session, paralegals will be better prepared to thoroughly research their own experts and find damaging information about the opposition's.
 
David Dilenschneider is a Director of Client Relations (Litigation) for LexisNexis.  In his role, David not only monitors the legal industry to identify trends and potential future developments but also consults with firms and corporations across the country to discuss their challenges and needs. 
 
David is a nationally-known speaker who has conducted over 1,800 presentations to tens of thousands of attendees in cities across the country – including presentations to almost every firm in the NLJ 250. 
 
David has also presented at numerous programs offered by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) and has served as a speaker or moderator at prominent legal-education conferences (e.g. HB Conferences, Mealey’s Teleconferences, the Litigation Technology Summit, the Legal Computing Summit, LegalWorks and The American Association of Law Libraries), at bar association meetings (e.g. California, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, etc.), and at law schools (e.g. Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, etc.).  Internationally, David spoke on the topic of the Democratization of Knowledge and the Role of Electronic Legal Research at a conference held at the National Law University, Delhi (India).
 
In addition to his speaking engagements, David writes frequently about the utilization of electronic resources in the practice of today’s litigator.  He recently co-authored an extensive article about docket utilization for Law360.  In addition, he is the co-author of a chapter (“Selecting and Retaining an Expert”) in Litigators on Experts:  Strategies on Managing Expert Witnesses from Retention through Trial (published by the ABA) and has authored (or co-authored) articles published in ALM’s The Corporate Counselor, ALM’s Legal Tech Newsletter, BNA’s Expert Evidence Report, in Expert Alert (a publication of the ABA Section of Litigation Expert Witness Committee), at the Expert Witness Committee’s website, in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, and in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.  He is also a co-author of a White Paper titled “Finding and Researching Experts and Their Testimony” (available at www.expertwitnesswhitepaper.com, portions of which have been republished elsewhere).  Finally, David has recorded a podcast on researching experts for the Sound Advice Audio Library (of the ABA Section of Litigation).
 
David received his B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law.  Prior to joining LexisNexis, David was a litigator for six years with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus, Ohio.