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Wednesday, October 18, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT
Basics of Law Office Management and Operation in Washington State
Presented by: J. Suits II
- 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
Locating Sources of Washington State Law
Presented by: L.M. Wilgis
- Sources of Federal laws and regulations
- Sources of Washington laws and regulations
- Finding case law
- Using secondary sources
- Evaluating sources and information obtained
Basics of Washington State Civil Litigation
Presented by: Hon. B. Tollefson
- Types of civil matters
- State court vs. federal court practice
- Prerequisites for litigation
- The civil discovery process
- Preparing for trial
- Civil trials
- Post-judgment matters and appeals
Alternative Dispute Resolution 101 for Legal Assistants
Presented by: Hon. B. Tollefson
Document Drafting and Editing
Presented by: James Suits
- Legal terminology
- Drafting legal documents
- Editing legal documents
- Updating legal references
- Proofreading skills
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6.0 CLE Hours
Washington State MCLE Board:
6.0 CLE Credits
6.0 CLE Hours
(5.0 Non-substantive hours, 1.0 substantive hour)
6.0 CLE Credits
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers up to 6.0 CLE hours to paralegals. Paralegal certification is not required to participate in this course.
The MCLE Board of the Washington State Bar Association has approved this live webinar for 6.0 CLE credits; 5.0 Law & Legal credits and 1.0 Other credit (office management).
This course has been approved by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) for 6.5 general CLE credits.
The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) has approved this course for 6.0 total CLE hours which include 5.0 non-substantive hours and 1.0 substantive hour.
Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not eligible for the same credits as the live presentation.
Linda Mason WilgisMeridian Family Law, PLLC
Ms. Wilgis is a passionate advocate for her clients, representing children and families for over 25 years as an attorney in private practice, as a former Assistant Attorney General, and as a family and children’s Ombudsman for the State of Washington. Ms. Wilgis is committed to helping clients navigate difficult transitions in their lives through compassionate advice and skilled advocacy, both through negotiation and litigation.
James C. Suits II
Suits Litigation, Inc focuses on representing individuals who have been severely injured in catastrophic accidents. Mr. Suits spends substantial time listening to his clients, analyzing all potential legal strategies, and working closely with them throughout the entire litigation process in order to achieve the best results possible. His broad litigation experience brings the kind of judgment, expertise, and problem solving that each unique legal situation requires. Mr. Suits has 17 years of experience as a lawyer handling a broad range of civil litigation in San Jose, California, and founded the Law Office of James C. Suits II in 2012. Prior to 2012, Mr. Suits’ litigation experience included working as an associate attorney for Robinson Wood, Inc. and Tharpe Howell, LLP, as well as a Law Clerk for the Civil Liability Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Suits graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 1997. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2003 from the University of Southern California Law School in Los Angeles, California. In 2004, Mr. Suits was admitted to practice law in California. He is admitted to practice in both California state courts and US federal courts. Mr. Suits is a Member of the State Bar of California and his State Bar Number is 229990. Mr. Suits also serves as a mediator for the Civil Early Settlement Conference Program (Local Civil Rule 4) administered by Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Brian TollefsonBlack Robe Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC
Mr. Tollefson is a principal at Black Robe Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC. He also serves as a pro-tem judge for Pierce County Superior Court. Previously, he served as a judge for Pierce County Superior Court for more than 27 years. During his time on Superior Court, he was on the Executive Committee, served as presiding judge, and participated on a number of local Superior Court committees. He served on several committees in the Washington State Superior Court Judges Association and as a trustee on the Association’s board of trustees for five years.