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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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News & Upcoming Events
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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General - Practice Areas and Skills
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.

Advances in Courtroom Technology
Rebecca E. Patty, JD
Monday, April 14, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3733

The course content will include the following subject matter: an overview of the new technology used by lawyers and paralegals both in preparation for trial and presentation during trial.  The many applications discussed are Ipad specific; however everyday others are being made available for download that mirror the Ipad apps for other tablets; a specific discussion of the applications which demonstrate what can be accomplished from a courtroom during downtime is included; and the many places one can search via the web to ensure they are up to date in the ever changing legal world of technology.
 
Rebecca E. Patty, JD 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 E. Patty, JD 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!
 
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3742

This course is a basic overview of the system of law in the United States.  Because of the nature and amount of information covered, it is presented in two parts.  This first session of the American Legal System topic discusses the history and sources of the law, including the constitutional history of the American Legal System.  This session also covers the structure of the federal court system which includes a discussion of the types of courts in our federal judicial system and the concept of due process in our legal system.
 
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
Thursday, May 1, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3744

This second session of the two-part topic will cover the various aspects of jurisdiction in our court system, the distinction between procedural and substantive law, conflicts of law, a discussion of the United States Constitution, and a look at the executive and legislative branches of government.
 
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.
 
The Art and Science of Witness Interviews
Elizabeth H. Nellis, ACP
Friday, March 14, 2014
1 – 3 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3715

This program covers techniques and suggestions for successful witness interviews or client intake interviews. A summary of psychological techniques is included, and the lecture is especially beneficial to paralegals working in litigation or as jury consultants, counselors, social workers, or mediators. Crisis intake professionals, law enforcement professionals, rape counselors and legal advocates will also benefit, as well as personnel/human resource directors, insurance specialists, and insurance adjustors/investigators. The lecture will include guidelines for using interview skills to enhance career development, and handouts will include outlines for designing a witness interview questionnaire with suggestions for customizing the questionnaire to your particular field of interest.
 
Elizabeth H. Nellis is a NALA Advanced Certified Paralegal who has specialized in civil litigation for most of her career.  She has been active in local, state and national paralegal organizations including a two-term presidency of the Tulsa Area Paralegal Association, co-founder of the Oklahoma Paralegal Association, charter member of the Paralegal Division of the Tulsa County Bar Association, two-term NALA Region 4 Director in addition to serving on statewide paralegal program advisory boards.

Elizabeth co-authored and presented “The Art and Science of Witness Interviews” at the Members Exchange at the NALA Convention in Kansas City, MO and continues the presentation twice yearly for NALA Campus Live!; she has been interviewed by Paralegal Today, profiled in the nationally recognized internet “e-zine” The Paralegal Mentor and Tulsa Lawyer.  Most recently she co-authored and presented “Transitioning from School to Work” for NALA at the Tulsa Community College Paralegal Program and conducted “The Professional Identity Project” podcast on The Paralegal Voice program on Legal Talk Network.
 
Amy H. Temkin
Monday, February 10, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3689

This presentation focuses on techniques, strategies, and applications for effective use of medical records by litigation paralegals. There will be a brief examination of the uses of medical records in different types of cases, as well as defining steps to ensure that records received are certified and ready for use at trial. The impact of HIPAA and other privacy acts as they apply to this process will be covered, and various methods of organizing and reviewing records upon receipt will be presented, including a review of resources to aid non-medical reviewers in identifying possible issues for the attorney or expert to consider in more detail. Examples will be presented to demonstrate how medical records can serve as demonstrative aids in litigation, and how they can be most successfully presented at trial. A number of useful handouts will be provided.
 
Amy H. Temkin works primarily in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and business litigation for the Yarborough Applegate LLC, Charleston, SC. She was formerly a paralegal at the firm of Pajcic & Pajcic, Jacksonville, FL, and worked as a consultant in the field of statistical and economic analysis, and curriculum development. She also spent three years as a high school teacher of economics, world geography, and American history in Jacksonville. In addition to her NALA membership, she is Past President of the South Carolina Alliance of Paralegal Associations and immediate Past President of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants.
 
Amy H. Temkin
Monday, February 17, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3693

This intermediate level presentation will focus on identifying subtleties within the medical records to assist in proving your case.  Examples will be discussed including lab reports and expected values, considering the health care providers’ rationale for ordering tests, creating timelines for prescriptions and vital signs, filtering useful medical information, and other techniques for using the medical records to bolster your case.  Several handouts and a list of helpful resources will be provided.

Amy H. Temkin works primarily in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and business litigation for the Yarborough Applegate LLC, Charleston, SC. She was formerly a paralegal at the firm of Pajcic & Pajcic, Jacksonville, FL, and worked as a consultant in the field of statistical and economic analysis, and curriculum development. She also spent three years as a high school teacher of economics, world geography, and American history in Jacksonville. In addition to her NALA membership, she is Past President of the South Carolina Alliance of Paralegal Associations and immediate Past President of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants.
Essential Spanish for Paralegals
Carla M. Valenzuela, CP
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3737

Vocabulary, sample conversation, client interviews.
This program will walk paralegals through an initial consultation, providing cultural and ethical considerations for Spanish-speaking clients. Paralegals will learn basic Spanish terminology to assist in setting an appointment and conducting a initial client interview.
 
Carla Valenzuela, CP, works with the international energy litigation practice of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. She contributes over 15 years of experience in civil litigation. With a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Political Science from the University of Texas, her foreign language skills add service value to the needs of the firm’s clients doing business in the Americas and around the world. Her professional memberships include NALA and local NALA affiliate, Houston Paralegal Association.
 

Improving Case Management with LPM
Megan McGrew
Monday, March 31, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID - 3754

This webinar serves to provide an insider's perspective into the innovative world of Legal Project Management, and how, when paired with case management processes, the Legal Project Management process can invigorate a firm's practice and also ease one's workload.

Megan McGrew is the Legal Project Management Business Support Project Manager at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC in the Firm's Jackson, MS office. Ms. McGrew is an alumna of Mississippi College (B.A., '04) and The University of Mississippi (J.D., '07) and was licensed to practice law in Mississippi in 2007.

Prior to her licensure, Ms. McGrew worked primarily in the political sector in both administrative and campaign management positions for local, statewide and national campaigns. Upon licensure, Ms. McGrew began working in the disaster recovery efforts to assist the Mississippi Gulf Coast repair and rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. During this time, she served in both project management and legal capacities. She joined Baker Donelson's Legal Project Management Office in May of 2013.

iPad for Paralegals 
Christina L. Koch, ACP
Friday, May 9, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3747
 
This course, iPad for Paralegals, is designed for the paralegal with a beginning to intermediate level of expertise in using an iPad for case management, legal research, deposition summary and trial preparation and presentation.  Attendees can expect to learn about the various applications available for the iPad which can help Paralegals in various aspects of their job, including highlights of specific programs capabilities and how to use the programs to maximize your effectiveness as a Paralegal.  Specific applications will be addressed, including but not limited to iJuror, TrialPad and iAnnotate.  You will also learn how a legal assistant can assist in using these applications to help pick a jury, as well as monitoring how a jury reacts to certain evidence at trial.  This course will help paralegals develop a skill set that will assist both the paralegal and the attorney in sharpening litigation skills related to the specific use of iPads in a legal setting.
 
Ms. Koch is a frequent national presenter and the owner of Koch Paralegal Consulting, a paralegal education and resume’ 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.
  
Judgment and Legal Analysis
Virginia Koerselman Newman, Attorney
Friday, April 11, 2014
11 am – 1 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3732
 
Basic techniques in legal analysis, including categorization of facts and evidence, are covered in this review. Examines the practical aspects of the legal assistant’s relationship with the lawyer, the legal secretary, the court, and other law firms. Exercises in reading comprehension, data interpretation, and document preparation are included.

Virginia Koerselman Newman, Esq. is a sole practitioner with emphasis in business litigation, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops. A graduate of Creighton Law School, she has been an instructor in the paralegal program at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, since 1987 and has been the program director since 1990. She is well known as the author of the Certified Paralegal Review Manual and has written, co-authored, and edited many paralegal texts, study guides, and instructor manuals. She also developed the content and is principal author for NALA Campus.
 
Rebecca E. Patty
Monday, April 28, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3740

The course content will include the following subject areas from the Certified Paralegal Exam: word usage and vocabulary, grammar/punctuation, writing skills and rules of style for various legal documents.  A practical emphasis will be placed on ways to attempt to produce mistake free drafted legal documents.  The final portion of the presentation will focus on implementing the skills from the course in order to successfully write for the essay portion of the Certified Paralegal exam.
 
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!
  
The Movies and the Paramount Paralegal
Rebecca E. Patty, JD
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID - 3749

This presentation uses different cinematic movies to explore legal concepts in several areas of law, such as corporate law, criminal law, criminal and civil procedure, evidence, torts, family law, and ethics. Using movies to teach various legal strategies, pitfalls, etc… will keep attendees glued to their seats, computers and phones as this webinar progresses.  Some of the movies that will be explored are as follows:  Adam’s Rib, Twelve Angry Men, Fracture, Kramer versus Kramer, and To Kill A Mockingbird to name a few.
 
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!
 
PowerPoint 2013
Kathleen H. Miller, CAS, ACP
Friday, March 14, 2014
10 – 11:30 am Central Time
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Conference ID – 3714

PowerPoint is a standard presentation program used in the legal environment for group presentations and in the courtroom.  Paralegals new to PowerPoint as well as those using earlier versions of PowerPoint will learn how to design a basic PowerPoint 2013 presentation; helpful hints for designing and giving effective presentations; what’s new and improved in PowerPoint 2013.
 
Kathleen (Kathy) Houts Miller, ACP, CAS, is a Senior Paralegal Specialist for FedEx Express Legal Department in Irvine, California.  She currently serves on NALA’s Certifying Board and previously served as NALA’s Region IX Director and Chair of the Continuing Education Council.  She is an instructor at UC Irvine Extension Paralegal Certificate Program where she teaches the Technology Practicum course as well as Fundamentals of the Paralegal Profession. She is a past president of the Commission for Advanced California Paralegal Specialization (CACPS) and Orange County Paralegal Association (OCPA).
  
Social Media Outlets: How to Access Information, Prepare Subpoenas and What To Ask For
Joseph Caruso
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3743

Overview of Social Networks, Blogs and Chatrooms and the Information they Contain
   Who’s on Facebook - More than just kids and teens;
   The corporate insurgence into social networks;
   Representative cases where Social Networking Data was accepted and used successfully;
Representative cases where Social Networking Data was either not accepted or was obtained unethically.
Ethically Obtaining Information from Social Network   
   Don’t pretext or enable pretexting;
   Stored Communication Act – how California (home to many/all SNPs) views privacy;
Navigating the discovery hurdles and obtaining ESI directly from the Social Network Provider;
   The new California process – easier, faster and it works.
Anticipated Objections by Opponents and SNP’s
   Overcoming SCA objections;
   Overcoming confidentiality objections;
   Overcoming burdensome amusements.

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.
 
Using Paralegals as Jury Consultants
Mary Kubichek, JD
Friday, May 16, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3619

This course will present social science and legal research on jury selection and communication skills to help litigation attorneys and paralegals select-and deselect-jurors. Techniques for pretrial investigation of jurors, mock jurors and focus groups, voir dire, avoiding Batson issues, and post-trial questioning will be discussed. Handouts will include research resources and communication tools.
 
Mary Kubichek is Director of the Casper College Paralegal Program in Wyoming, where she also teaches the eight legal specialty courses. She has been a jury consultant since 1981, and has taught communication and legal courses at 13 different institutions. She has spoken and published extensively on a variety of legal and paralegal issues. She began her legal career as a paralegal in Omaha, NE, and worked as an attorney for a number of firms and the Department of Justice before joining Casper College as the Director of the Casper College Paralegal Program in 1988. She is a past member of the NALA Certifying Board, served on NALA's CLA Specialty Task Force, and is a former AAfPE representative to the ABA Approval Commission for Certificate Programs. Ms. Kubichek was a presenter at the 2006 NALA Annual Convention speaking on Paralegals as Jury Consultants and is a frequent speaker at AAfPE conferences. Mary is the director of the Casper College Legal Service Program: this is a protype program. In 2009 it received the NCIA Award for Exemplary Initiative for Responding to community and needs and the Wyoming State Bar Bono Service Award.
 
Whose Cloud Is It Anyway
Joseph Caruso
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3746

The Mechanics of Cloud Computing:
    What is “The Cloud,” what is SaaS?
    You’re probably cloud computing already (web-based e-mail)
What have we gained from the Cloud? 
    A less cluttered desk
    A less cluttered server closet
    Data that is “banked” the way we deposit money in a bank
What’s the Catch?
    Metadata may or may not be preserved as before, depending on the application one uses     
   “Cloudy” metadata can complicate e-discovery
    Electronic discovery may not be as cut and dried as it once was
What’s the way forward?
     Awareness
     Planning  
     Leveraging computer forensic experts and the tools lawyers and paralegals have always used

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.
 
Virginia Koerselman Newman, Attorney
Friday, March 28, 2014
11 am – 1 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3724

This presentation focuses on areas of written communication which are most difficult for many people in the legal environment. Punctuation, grammar, word usage, sentence and paragraph composition, and effective writing skills are covered. It is suggested that you review the rules of grammar and style in A Manual of Style, by Strunk & White, to prepare for this session. The Strunk text is commonly used within the legal community.
 
Virginia Koerselman Newman is a sole practitioner with emphasis in business litigation, and is a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops. A graduate of Creighton Law School, she has been an instructor in the paralegal program at Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, since 1987 and has been the program director since 1990. She is well known as the author of the Certified Paralegal Review Manual and has written, co-authored, and edited many paralegal texts, study guides, and instructor manuals. She also developed the content and is principal author for NALA Campus.