Research, Writing, and Ethics for Paralegals Webinar Series
Legal Research Workshop for Paralegals
Tuesday, December 13, 12:00 – 3:15 PM CST (including a 15 min. break)
Legal Research Basics
Sources of the law
• Administrative law
• Case law
Secondary sources: treatises, articles, etc.
Analyzing information for relevance and meaning
Bringing your research up to date
Legal Research Case Study
Faculty will use a legal research case study to
guide students through the legal research process,
including primary and secondary legal research
Complying with Ethics Rules During Litigation
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 11:00 – 12:00 PM CST
Overview of laws and standards regulating the attorney-client relationship
Fundamentals of the attorney-client relationship
• Duty of confidentiality
• Duty to keep client informed
• Informed consent
• Duty to be diligent
Legal Writing Workshop for Paralegals
Thursday, December 15, 12:00 – 3:15 PM CST (including a 15 min. break)
Legal Writing for Legal Assistants
Drafting legal documents
• Basic pleadings
• Research memoranda
Legal Writing Case Study
Faculty will use a legal writing case study to
guide students through the legal writing process,
focusing on critical legal documents includingp
leadings and research memoranda
Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.
Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the date of the conclusion of the series.
Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.
GoToWebinar system requirements:
Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) – 10.11 (El Capitan)
Chrome v34+, Firefox v34+, Internet Explorer 8+, Microsoft Edge, Safari v6+
Internet connection: Hardware:
Minimum of 1Mbps 2GB RAM or more
7.0 CLE hours
including 1.0 ethics hour
Continuing Education Credit Information
The Legal Research Workshop for Paralegals (3.0 CLE hours), Legal Writing Workshop for Paralegals (3.0 CLE hours) and Complying with Ethics Rules During Litigation (1.0 Ethics CLE hour) webinars have been approved by the following:
National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
North Carolina Board of Paralegal Certification
Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)
Civil Trial Law
Estate Planning & Probate Law
Personal Injury Trial Law
Real Estate Law
Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) – Pending
Participation will be monitored and a brief quiz follows each webinar. Completion certificates will be provided after the webinar to participants with full attendance and who earn a satisfactory score on the quiz.
Trevor BradfordThe Rudd Firm
Attorney with The Rudd Firm in Salt Lake City, UtahMr. Bradford is a currently practicing attorney, and he received his J.D. degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 2004. Mr. Bradford is admitted to practice all in all Utah State courts and the District of Utah. He is also a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Mr. Bradford’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including personal injury, products liability cases, construction defect, and insurance bad faith claims.
Mimi SamuelLegal Writing Program at Seattle University School of Law
Associate Director, Legal Writing Program at Seattle University School of LawProfessor Samuel is Associate Director of Seattle University School of Law’s nationally acclaimed Legal Writing Program. After law school, Professor Samuel practiced business litigation for approximately eight years, first in Washington, D.C., at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and then in San Francisco, at Thelen Marin Johnson & Bridges. An avid traveler, Professor Samuel has pursued opportunities to work with law students, lawyers, and judges overseas. In 2003, she taught the foundations of the American legal system to Russian law students at Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok. During a leave of absence in 2007, Professor Samuel and colleague Professor Laurel Oates conducted a series of trainings and workshops in India, Uganda, and South Africa. In addition, Professor Samuel co-organized the Conference on the Pedagogy of Legal Writing for Academics in Nairobi, Kenya, which brought academics from the U.S. together with academics from East Africa. At the end of the conference, the participants decided to form a new organization dedicated to promoting the teaching of legal writing and the exchange of information among academics in the U.S. and Africa. Professor Samuel serves as the first U.S. co-president of that organization. In addition, Professor Samuel has taught in Seattle University’s Global Justice Advocacy Program in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2008, Professor Samuel was awarded the first Bronson Dillehay Award for her article Focus on Batson: Let the Cameras Roll. That award is given by the American Society of Trial Consultants for a proposal for addressing a significant and persistent problem that undermines both the right to a fair trial and public confidence in the legal system.
Amanda StephenStephen Legal Research & Writing PLLC
As the owner of Stephen Legal Research & Writing PLLC, Ms. Stephen offers a range of research and writing services to licensed attorneys. She provides assistance with a variety of issues from small research projects to drafting appellate briefs. Ms. Stephen previously worked as a judicial law clerk in the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I, for Judges Ronald Cox and James Verellen. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law. Ms. Stephen has previously lectured to paralegals on legal research issues for HalfMoon Education Inc.