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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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LIVE! General - Practice Areas
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
Friday, September 11, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4022

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! In 2014 Ms. Patty published a second article in the July/August 2014 issue of Facts and Findings.
 
Karen Sanders-West, ACP, JD
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4007

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, August 27, 2015
3 – 5 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4010

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.
 
Art and Science of Witness Interviews
Elizabeth H. Nellis, ACP
Friday, October 23, 2015
1 - 3 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4057

This 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 is a graduate of the OU College of Law Paralegal Program. 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.  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.
 
For the past three years, Elizabeth has co-authored and presented three separate annual NALA webinars based on the Professional Identity Project series. For the second year in a row, Ms. Nellis has been a member of the TU Law School Practicing series, joining local lawyers in live presentations. Ms. Nellis’s article “The Courthouse Assistance Program” was published in the May 2013 issue of NALA’s national magazine, Facts and Findings. Ms. Nellis is now employed at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.
 
Deciphering the Medical Record-Basic
Amy H. Johnson
Monday, September 14, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4023
 
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. Johnson works primarily in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and business litigation for Yarborough Applegate LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina.  She was formerly a paralegal at the firm of Pajcic & Pajcic in Jacksonville, Florida, 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, Florida.  In addition to her NALA membership, she is a Past President of the South Carolina Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Past President of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants, and most recently served as NALA Liaison for Charleston Association of Legal Assistants.
 
Deciphering the Medical Record-Intermediate
Amy H. Johnson
Monday, September 28, 2015
Noon - 2 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4034
 
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. Johnson works primarily in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and business litigation for Yarborough Applegate LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina.  She was formerly a paralegal at the firm of Pajcic & Pajcic in Jacksonville, Florida, 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, Florida.  In addition to her NALA membership, she is a Past President of the South Carolina Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Past President of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants, and most recently served as NALA Liaison for Charleston Association of Legal Assistants.
 
Discovering the Potential for Social Media in Discovery
Craig S. Dawson, Attorney
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4036

Given the ever-evolving nature of social media and the rapid expansion of each litigant’s digital footprint, social media discovery has become an issue of paramount importance in litigation. Ranging from employment claims, traffic incidents, contract breaches, and global patent disputes, social media is increasingly recognized as an accepted form of discovery, with the potential for providing information that can be extremely valuable or damaging to the parties involved. This presentation will include an overview of various social networks, the data available from those networks, how to ethically and effectively obtain that data, and how to use that data in litigation. Additionally, the presentation will discuss various objections or obstacles to social media discovery and how to best overcome them.
 
Craig Dawson is an attorney with the law firm Phelps Dunbar LLP and is based out of the firm’s Tampa, Florida office. Mr. Dawson practices in the area of labor and employment law, representing employers against claims of discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, and alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Additionally, Mr. Dawson has assisted numerous employers in responding to charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various state agencies. He also works with human resources departments to develop and implement effective policies and procedures, and counsels employers with regard to a variety of compliance issues. His clients have included a large research university, a luxury resort chain, and a national car rental company, among others.

 
Improving Case Management with LPM
Megan McGrew, Esq, PMP
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4024

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.
 
Improving Case Management with LPM-Intermediate
Megan McGrew, Esq, PMP
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4054

This webinar will provide instruction on legal project management techniques related to the budgeting and monitoring of managed matters. By utilizing the historical data and information gathered by your firm, learn how to utilize LPM techniques to accurately budget matters and monitor the team's performance to increase efficiency and budget reliability. 

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.
 
Judgment and Legal Analysis
Virginia Koerselman Newman, Attorney
Thursday, December 17, 2015
11 am – 1 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4095
 
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 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. She is a frequent presenter on NALA Campus LIVE! and at the Essential Skills Institute.
 
Rebecca E. Patty, JD
Monday, August 31, 2015
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4012

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, 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! In 2014 Ms. Patty published a second article in the July/August 2014 issue of Facts and Findings.
 
Medical Bills/Liens
Amy H. Johnson
Monday, October 19, 2015
Noon - 2 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4053

This intermediate level presentation will focus on interpreting medical bills and incorporating the subtle details from the bill into your medical record review.  This course will also guide you through extracting information from the medical bills for purposes of estimating medical liens and negotiating liens at the conclusion of the case.  We will review examples of various billing formats, create a medical bill summary using Excel, and then we will review the lien resolution process.  Several handouts and a list of helpful resources will be provided.
 
Amy H. Johnson works primarily in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and business litigation for Yarborough Applegate LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina.  She was formerly a paralegal at the firm of Pajcic & Pajcic in Jacksonville, Florida, 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, Florida.  In addition to her NALA membership, she is a Past President of the South Carolina Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Past President of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants, and most recently served as NALA Liaison for Charleston Association of Legal Assistants.
  
Medicare Liens and Set Asides
Amy H. Johnson
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4067

Please check back for the course description.
 
Amy H. Johnson works primarily in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and business litigation for Yarborough Applegate LLC, in Charleston, South Carolina.  She was formerly a paralegal at the firm of Pajcic & Pajcic in Jacksonville, Florida, 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, Florida.  In addition to her NALA membership, she is a Past President of the South Carolina Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Past President of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants, and most recently served as NALA Liaison for Charleston Association of Legal Assistants.
 
Movies and the Paramount Paralegal
Rebecca E. Patty, JD
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4065

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, 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! In 2014 Ms. Patty published a second article in the July/August 2014 issue of Facts and Findings.
 
Carla M. Valenzuela, CP
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4042

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.
 
Whose Cloud is it Anyway
Donna Chesteen, Esq.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4015

By now, you have probably heard about the cloud but do you know what that really means and the implications it has for the practice of law and, more specifically, for you as a paralegal?  Do you realize that you are probably already using the cloud even if you don’t know it?
 
This webinar will explore the following topics:
1. Benefits of using the cloud
2. Cloud computing service models
3. Data security in the cloud
4. Ethical issues of using the cloud in your law practice
5. Jurisdictional issues and the cloud
6. eDiscovery and the cloud
7. and more…

After this webinar, you should have a conversational knowledge of what the cloud is and its implications to your role in the practice of law. 

Donna Chesteen is the founder of and attorney at The Tech Law Firm, PLLC, in Orlando Florida. Her practice focuses on the intersection of law and technology. She was a software engineer for 20 years before becoming an attorney and holds both a BS and an MS in Computer Science and an MBA in addition to her JD.
 
Virginia Koerselman Newman, Attorney
Friday, December 4, 2015
11 am – 1 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4084

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 commonly is 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. She is a frequent presenter on NALA Campus LIVE! and at the Essential Skills Institute.