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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! Other Specialty 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.

Basic Torts
Darleen T. Dozier, ACP
Friday, December 11, 2015
1 - 2:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4092

Please check back for a course description.

 
Darleen Dozier has a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters of Social Sciences degree from Mississippi College. She became a Certified Paralegal with NALA in 1991. Mrs. Dozier worked as a paralegal for 20 years, while teaching paralegal classes part-time, before obtaining a full-time teaching position. She now directs the paralegal program and teaches full-time at Holmes Community College, in Ridgeland, MS.

She is the 2013 President for the Mississippi Paralegal Association (MPA) and was on the Continuing Education Council (CEC) for NALA from 2011 - 14. She is a regular speaker for MPA and NALA Campus LIVE! As a member of NALA’s CEC, she was assigned a standing column on education in Facts & Findings, where she encouraged paralegals not to become complacent in their careers and the knowledge they currently have. Her career push at the moment is to encourage others to never stop learning. Darleen received her ACP from NALA in February 2013 in Commercial Bankruptcy.
 
Collection Law from A to Z
Kevin Gowen, Attorney
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
10 - 11:30 am Central Time
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Conference ID – 4049

This course covers the collections litigation process from pre-suit strategies to judgment enforcement, and will also highlight various pitfalls creditors may face under federal and state debt collection practices statutes.
 
Kevin Gowen has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Emory University and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University. He has practiced law in Florida since 2004 and focuses his practice on creditor’s rights matters including commercial collections, defense of consumer claims, and breach of contract.

Kevin handles all stages of creditor’s rights claims from the initiation of a lawsuit to post-litigation proceedings to enforce the final judgment. He also devotes a portion of his practice to the domestication and enforcement in Florida of final judgments entered in other states against Florida debtors. In addition to representing creditors in collections lawsuits, he also defends creditors in consumer claims filed by debtors under federal and state debt collection practices statutes, including class actions.
 
Criminal Law: What you say on Facebook may hurt you
Laura T. Eubank, Attorney
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4094

This presentation will take a look at how social media is being used in criminal law.  The course will offer a review of recent cases where Twitter and Facebook posts have been used in actual criminal cases.  The presentation will also discuss how to deal with a client that may “overshare” on social media sites. This presentation is a must see for any paralegal that works in criminal prosecution or defense to ensure a full understanding of how social media may be used on either side of the case.

Laura Thomas Eubank graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in History and a Minor in Criminal Justice.  She earned her law degree from Faulkner University.  Laura was an Eagle Scholarship recipient while in law school. She competed in the 1L Moot Court Competition and was a member of several trial competition teams including the Buffalo/Niagra Trial Competition team, the American Association for Justice Trial Competition Team, the Nation Trial Competition Team, and she was a finalist in the Greg Allen Mock Trial Competition.  Laura was also the Secretary for the Student Bar Association, Treasurer for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and Vice President of the Women’s Student Association.  She also received awards for best grade in her Contracts II and Criminal Procedure classes.  Laura was a student mediator and mediated cases for both Montgomery and Autauga County District Courts. She was also a Senior Editor for the Faulkner Law Review.  Her article Overruling the Overwhelming Necessity Standard for Modifications of Child Custody in Alabama: Ex parte Earl Cleghorn was published in the Spring 2010 edition of the Faulkner Law Review. 
 
While in Law School, Laura clerked for a Montgomery, Alabama civil defense firm, interned for Judge Charles Price, Presiding Judge for the 15th Circuit of Alabama, and also clerked for the Environmental and Executive Divisions of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. After graduating from law school, she was appointed a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama.  Laura worked as an Assistant Attorney General/Associate General Counsel for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for several years where she worked primarily on enforcement cases with the Department’s Water Division, Personnel matters, and the BP litigation.  Laura currently works at the Law Offices of Troy King in Montgomery, Alabama where she focuses on personal injury matters. Laura has taught classes in Law and Technology at South University, and Property Law as well as Paralegal classes at Faulkner University. She has also taught Continuing Legal Education classes on Technology in the Courtroom.  Laura is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and President of the Women’s Section.
 
Defending Questionable Claims for Workers' Compensation Benefits
George E. Martin III, Attorney
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4055


The vast majority of claims for workers' compensation benefits are legitimate, and warrant benefits payments.  Occasionally, however, most employers will face questionable claims for workers' compensation benefits filed by employees who exaggerate their injuries and unnecessarily delay their return to the workforce.  These questionable claims are exceptionally frustrating, particularly because many employers believe that states’ workers’ compensation divisions/commissions make it easy for employees to "game the system."  Fortunately, employers who devote the appropriate time and resources to defending questionable claims for workers’ compensation benefits can regularly eliminate or reduce the exposure those claims pose.  This presentation covers ten critical steps employers can take to more effectively defend questionable claims for workers' compensation benefits.

George E. Martin III practices employment and workers' compensation litigation, governmental litigation and relations, general civil litigation, and provides human resources training and counselling.  The core of his practice consists of representing employers facing legal challenges filed by employees. Specifically, George defends public and private employers facing administrative charges and lawsuits filed by employees alleging discrimination, breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and workplace injuries. His broad experience enables him to defend employers facing multiple, diverse claims simultaneously filed by a single employee.  George has substantial experience representing employers against claims for workers' compensation benefits arising out of "catastrophic" injuries that pose significant exposure for employers and their insurers (for example, claims involving toxic exposures, blood borne illnesses, complex regional pain syndrome, and workplace fatalities).  George has also successfully represented a number of the state's public corporations, county governments, and municipalities against a variety of unique legal challenges, including First and Fourteenth Amendment lawsuits, taxpayer standing challenges, writs of mandamus, and claims premised upon federal and state statutes. He proactively advises public entities on intergovernmental relations, regulatory compliance, and statutory interpretation.
 
Jane Pfeifle, Attorney
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4047

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A Hitchhiker's Guide to US Immigration
Amy L. Erlbacher-Anderson, Attorney
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4056

This course will give you an overview on how our current immigration system is structured. 

It will explain how individuals legally enter and remain in the United States as well as the various different visas and immigration status they may hold.  As the number of individuals living in the US who are not US citizens grows, it is important to understand what a client, a witness, an employee, or an adverse party means when they say that they are a nonimmigrant or a refugee or a DACA recipient and the limitations such status may place on them. 

This course is suitable for those who work in any area of practice, who is interested in learning more about US immigration
By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of the structure of US immigration and the ability to identify if someone holds a temporary or permanent status, and just how "temporary" such status may be.
 
Amy Erlbacher-Anderson practices in the area of immigration, both providing guidance on employment verification and assisting clients with questions involving international personnel, but also representing companies and individuals in obtaining immigration benefits. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced tax law overseas. Amy graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in 1994. While in law school, she served as an Assistant Editor for Creighton Law Review and a board member for the Domestic Moot Court board; she was also the recipient of the Nebraska State Bar Silver Quill Award for Legal Writing Excellence.  Amy is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has served on a number of its national liaison committees to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and has spoken at its national conferences. She is a former Chapter Chairperson for the Iowa-Nebraska Chapter and member of AILA’s Board of Governors. Amy has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Creighton University School of Law and Central Texas College. She is included in the Great Plains Super Lawyers list for her work in Immigration, Employee Benefits & ERISA and Labor & Employment Law. Since 2007, Amy has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Immigration Law.
 
Non-Profit Law
Jamie Ibrahim, Esquire
Friday, October 30, 2015
2 - 3:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4063

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Open your mouth and say 'lawsuit': An overview of dental malpractice
Julie Dickinson, MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
4 - 5:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4060

Dental malpractice cases can be challenging due to the steep learning curve involved in gaining familiarity with dental records, abbreviations, terminology, anatomy, and more. It is a specialty area that requires a distinct knowledge base. This session will cover some fundamental dental information, explore common areas of dental litigation, and will discuss considerations when working on dental malpractice cases.

Julie Dickinson MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC has been a nurse for over 15 years. Since 2008, she has worked as a Legal Nurse Consultant at Fontaine Alissi, P.C. in Hartford, Connecticut. She assists in the defense of medical and dental malpractice claims, personal injury cases, healthcare provider licensure investigations, and Medicaid audits. Julie is President of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and is board-certified in the nursing specialty of legal nurse consulting.
 

Public Finance Transactions with a Real Estate Component
Eva Merrell, ACP
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4061


In this course participants will learn how real estate is incorporated into industrial revenue bond, leasehold revenue bond, and other public finance transactions where a general obligation pledge is not permitted or preferred. In this course we will review real property conveyance, lease, and securitization and other “dirt lawyer” practices in the public finance arena.

This course is designed to appeal to paralegals with an intermediate understanding of public finance, real estate, or other transactional work. Upon completion, paralegals will have gained an understanding of public finance transactions involving real estate, the main documents used in securing real estate collateral, and the role of real estate review in such transactions. Participants will also have been introduced briefly to tax increment financing and special taxing districts.

Eva M. Merrell, ACP, a senior paralegal at the St. Louis, Missouri, firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP since 1998, specializes in the areas of real estate and public finance.  She has presented the NALA Campus LIVE! courses since 2011 and co-presented the Paralegal Section, Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law, for the National Association of Bond Lawyers in 2007-2009.  She has served in a number of positions for the St. Louis Paralegal Association since 1997, including her current role as Job Bank Chair.

She received her BS Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her Paralegal Certificate from The American Institute for Paralegal Studies. She was the first paralegal in Missouri to be awarded the real estate specialty certification by NALA and she was awarded the Contracts Administration/Contracts Management specialty certification by NALA in 2014.

Sherri D. Goodman Reveal, Esquire
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4050

This course outlines the types of jobs available to legal assistants in the field of education, describes how a combination of state and federal law regulates education and reviews the important federal statutes and court decisions shaping education nationwide.

Sherri D. Goodman Reveal is staff attorney for the West Virginia Department of Education in Charleston, West Virginia.  Admitted to practice 31 years ago, she enjoys teaching continuing education programs for legal assistants primarily on legal ethics and creating videos of hypothetical situations legal assistants may find themselves in. 
 

State and Federal Administrative Law
Rebecca E. Patty, JD
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 4081


The course content will include the following subject matter: an overview of the general administrative appeals process; discussion of practical differences between federal and state employment; discussion of the application processes for both types of employers; and a discussion of the practical skills needed to work as an environmental paralegal.

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.