Fundamentals of Legal Assisting in Florida
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Wednesday, March 22, 2023
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT (including a 30-min. break)
Basics of Law Office Management and Operation in Florida
Presented by: Ilena Alvarez
- Law office organization
- Staff roles and responsibilities
- Awareness of attorney regulation and ethics rules
- Managing contacts with potential clients and other law firms
- Participating in client intake process
- Creating, organizing and maintaining files
- Client communications
- Client billing and accounting practices
Basics of Florida State Civil Litigation
Presented by: Nancy L. Jordahl
- Types of civil matters
- State court vs. federal court practice
- Prerequisites for litigation
- Alternatives to litigation: mediation, arbitration, negotiation
- The civil discovery process Preparing for trial
- Civil trials
- Post-judgment matters and appeals
Legal Ethics for Legal Assistants
Presented by: Nancy L. Jordahl
- Attorney and paralegal ethical rules
- Specific areas of concern for legal support staff:
- Conflicts of interest
- Ex-parte communications
- Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
- Working with clients, courts and opposing counsel
Locating Sources of Florida Law
Presented by: Laura M. Reich
- Sources of Federal laws and regulations
- Sources of Florida laws and regulations
- Finding case law
- Using secondary sources
- Evaluating sources and information obtained
Document Drafting and Editing
Presented by: Laura M. Reich
- Legal terminology
- Drafting legal documents
- Editing legal documents
- Updating legal references
- Proofreading skills
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6.5 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics Hour)
6.0 Qualified CLE Hours (Including 1.0 Ethics Hour)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 CLE hours to paralegals. Paralegal certification is not required to participate in this webinar.
This webinar has been approved by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) for 6.5 qualified CLE hours, including 5.5 substantive CLE hours and 1.0 legal ethics CLE hour.
This webinar has been submitted to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) for accreditation which is currently pending.
Visit this course listing at www.halfmoonseminars.org for updates on pending credits. Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).
Ilena Alvarez, Esq., LL.MManaging Partner of The Law Firm of Ilena Alvarez, P.A.
Ilena Alvarez is managing partner at The Law Firm of Ilena Alvarez, P.A. She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law at Western Michigan University with a J.D. degree and an LL.M. degree in Taxation. Her focus of practice consists of estate planning, business planning, guardianships, and probate. She manages her own firm, while teaching paralegals and business majors. Mrs. Alvarez teaches Probate and Introduction to Law in the Paralegal Program at Florida Atlantic University.
Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP, FRP, FCPLitigation Paralegal at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial
Nancy L. Jordahl is a litigation paralegal at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial. Ms. Jordahl is CLE Chair and immediate past-President of the Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA), and Secretary/Treasurer for the Paralegal Section of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). She is a member of the Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) Enrichment Committee. She authored two chapters of the 2019 NALA Certified Paralegal Exam Fundamentals book (Torts and Clarity of Expression).
Laura M. ReichPartner at Harper Meyer
Laura M. Reich is a partner in Harper Meyer’s Litigation and Arbitration Group, as well as its Art and Entertainment Law Group and its international law practice. Ms. Reich also serves as an adjunct professor at Florida International University School of Law and instructs paralegals at Florida Atlantic University. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of International Law Quarterly, a publication of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar.