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Continuing Education

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.

Criminal Law: What you say on Facebook may hurt you
Laura T. Eubank, Attorney
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3790

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 is currently Assistant Attorney General/Associate General Counsel for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.  She works primarily on enforcement cases with the Department’s Water Division, Personnel matters, and has also worked in the BP litigation.  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 Vice President of the Women’s Section.
 
How Section 529 College Savings Plans Fit YOUR Practice
Jillian L. Sherman, ACP
Friday, November 21, 2014
10 - 11:30 am Central Time
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Conference ID – 3864


This presentation will discuss what Section 529 plans are; why families should save for higher education and how Qualified Tuition Plans interact with financial aid; federal and select state laws governing 529s; how 529 plans can be used in tax, bankruptcy, trust & estates, and family law practice areas; and how 529s interact with other education tax incentives.
Jillian L. Sherman, ACP, has worked for the Virginia529 for over seven years. The agency administers the largest 529 plan in the nation and the legal division handles diverse topics such as state and federal legislation and regulatory affairs; FOIA requests; trust, guardianship and POA reviews; contracts; and disclosure documents. She has supported the Chairs of both the CSPN and College Savings Foundation (CSF) Legal and Regulatory Affairs committees, and was awarded the CSPN Chair’s Achievement Award in 2010.

Jillian is First Vice President and Education Chair of the Richmond Paralegal Association, and a member of NALA’s LEAP class of 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
 
Donna C. Alderman, ACP
Monday, October 20, 2014
2 - 3:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3835

The Military Justice Presentation will give the attendees an overview of how justice in the military works.   This includes who is subject to military justice along with who can enforce same.  The presentation describes the jurisdiction of military justice and explains the different phases of military justice along with penalties that can be adjudicated.  It will describe and contrast the Court-Martial process, including the different types of Courts-Martial.  It will also define and describe Non-Judicial Punishment used in lieu of a Court-Martial.  Additionally, some of the similarities and differences between civilian and military justice will also be highlighted.

Donna C. Alderman, ACP has an Associates of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Holmes Community College.  She became a Certified Paralegal with NALA in 2003 and holds two Advanced Certified Paralegal Certifications with NALA.  Ms. Alderman has worked as a paralegal for 17 years.  In those years she worked in administrative law, bankruptcy law, criminal law, family law, general litigation law, insurance law, juvenile law, labor and employment law, personal injury law, tribal law, real estate and will and estate law.  Ms. Alderman works as a military paralegal for the Mississippi National Guard.  She also serves as on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Paralegal Association.
 
Open your mouth and say 'lawsuit': An overview of dental malpractice
Julie Dickinson
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
4 - 5:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3788

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.
 

Getting Dirty: Public Finance Transactions with a Real Estate Component
Eva Merrell, ACP
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3808


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 the 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, MO, firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP since 1998, specializes in the areas of public finance and real estate.  She 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 ACP specialty in real estate.

Sherri D. Goodman, Esquire
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
2 - 3:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3854

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 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
Monday, October 6, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3822


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 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!