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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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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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LIVE! Litigation
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
Thursday, November 6, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3850

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
Thursday, November 13, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3856

 
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
Thursday, November 20, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3863
 
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.
 
Daniel DeSouza, Attorney
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3848


Please check back for further information.
 
Electronic Discovery: Best Practices for Small to Midsize Firms and Companies 
Joseph Caruso
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3825

 
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, October 7, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3824
 
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
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3829

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, October 21, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3837


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, November 10, 2014
11 am - 1 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3852


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, December 2, 2014
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3867


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 CLA 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
Dorothe J. McMahon, ACP
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3809


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 at the Counsel Table for the Litigation Paralegal 
Rebecca E. Patty, JD
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3828

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!
 
Utilizing Online Resources to Research Experts
David V. Dilenschneider, Esq.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3840

 
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.