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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Day One: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
11:00 am – 3:15 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)
Day Two: Thursday, June 9, 2022
11:00 am – 3:15 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)


Presented by
Shelly DeAdder

Agenda Day One
Legal Research Basics
Sources of the law
• Primary sources: constitutions, statutes, case law, and administrative codes
• Secondary sources: treatises, articles, encyclopedias, etc.
Locating sources via paid and free services
Analyzing information for relevance and meaning – understanding how sources connect
Updating your research

Identifying Ethical Issues in Research
Evaluating sources for objectivity and reliability
Identifying sources that refute your arguments
Preventing copyright infringement

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


Agenda Day Two
Legal Writing for Legal Assistants
Legal terminology
Drafting legal documents: correspondence, research memoranda, basic pleadings, and briefs
• The rhetorical triangle – audience, purpose, and persona
• Using samples
Crafting a compelling narrative
Structuring a legal analysis – CRAC and beyond
Legal citation skills
Editing and proofreading – ensuring credibility

Ethical Issues in Legal Writing
Preventing plagiarism
The limits of advocacy
• Candor to the court
• Avoiding hyperbole
• Treating adversaries with respect

Legal Writing Case Study
Faculty will use a legal writing case study to guide students through the legal writing process


Webinar Instructions

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 can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Paralegal/Legal Assistant
8.0 CLE Hours
(2.0 ethics hours)

8.0 Substantive CLE Hours
(2.0 ethics hours)


Texas Certified Paralegal
8.0 Bankruptcy Law CLE Hours
8.0 Civil Trial Law CLE Hours
8.0 Criminal Law CLE Hours
8.0 Estate Planning & Probate Law CLE Hours
8.0 Family Law CLE Hours
8.0 Oil, Gas & Mineral Law CLE Hours
8.0 Personal Injury Trial Law CLE Hours
8.0 Real Estate Law CLE Hours


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public. Paralegal certification is not required in order to participate.

The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) has approved this course for a total of 8.0 qualified CLE hours; 6.0 substantive CLE hours and 2.0 legal ethics CLE hours.

This course has been submitted to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) for approval, which is pending. Visit this course listing at for updates on this credit.

This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for certification and recertification continuing legal education for paralegals.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Shelly Bibb DeAdder

Associate Professor of Legal Writing at North Carolina Central University School of Law
Professor DeAdder received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. She then moved to Alexandria, Virginia, and worked as a paralegal in Washington, D.C. until 2005 when she returned to North Carolina to attend law school. Professor DeAdder graduated cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law (NCCU Law) in 2008. After law school, Professor DeAdder served as a law clerk for Judge Robert C. Hunter at the North Carolina Court of Appeals from August 2008 to May 2012. From May 2012 to August 2014, she was employed by the North Carolina General Assembly in the nonpartisan Research Division. Professor DeAdder has been teaching full time at NCCU Law since August 2014. She teaches Legal Reasoning and Analysis, Legal Research and Persuasion, Judicial Opinion Writing, Appellate Advocacy and Senior Writing. She is a member of the North Carolina Appellate Defender Roster, representing indigent clients on appeal. Professor DeAdder also drafts the opinions of the Cherokee Supreme Court on a contract basis.