Agenda

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8:00 – 8:30 am CST
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:45 am CST
Break
11:45 am – 12:45 pm CST
Afternoon Session
12:45 – 4:00 pm CST

 

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct                          E. Ross
and Ethics during Litigation
Duty to preserve client confidences
Duty to keep clients fully informed
Duty to be diligent
Duties of truthfulness, candor and full disclosure
Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law

Understanding and Working with Evidence                          A. Pingenot Key
Types of evidence: documentary, demonstrative, physical,
circumstantial, testimony, computer-generated
Rules for admissibility of evidence
Reasons for inadmissibility
Preserving and managing evidence

Preparing for and Assisting at Trial                          L. Norman
Obtaining subpoenas
Assisting with jury investigation
Preparing trial notebook
Preparing and organizing evidence
Managing exhibits and witnesses

Conducting Formal Discovery                          L. Melhart
Defining the scope of discovery
Preparing and answering interrogatories
Preparing and responding to requests for admission
Making and responding to objections
Compelling discovery

Beginning a Civil Case                          C. Erick
Drafting complaints
Obtaining service of process
Drafting answers
Asserting crossclaims and counterclaims

Enhancing Your Investigation Skills                     L. Kliman
Identifying the elements of proof
Determining what facts you need to prove
Finding sources
Utilizing information obtained

 

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Credits

TX Certified Paralegals
6.0 Civil Trial Law CLE Hours
6.0 Family Law CLE Hours
6.0 Personal Injury Trial
Law CLE Hours

NALA
6.0 CLE Hours (1 ethics hour)

NFPA
Pending

 

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

This seminar has been approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for certification and recertification continuing legal education for paralegals (6.0 Civil Trial Law, 6.0 Family Law, 6.0 Personal Injury Trial Law).

The National Association of Legal Assistants has approved this course for 6.0 CLE hours, including 5.0 substantive hours and 1.0 ethics hour.

HalfMoon Education has applied to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for course approval. This credit is pending. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for current credit information under this webinar listing.

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).

Speakers

Casey S. Erick

Shareholder with Cowles & Thompson, P.C., Dallas, Texas
Mr. Erick focuses on commercial litigation and employment law. He has represented clients in both litigation and transactional matters that span across commercial law, labor and employment, real estate, consumer protection and general litigation including, but not limited to breach of contract, corporate trade secret theft, tortious interference, defamation, personal injury, fraud, and various other kinds of civil litigation. Mr. Erick is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. degree from Baylor School of Law.

Laura Kliman

Litigation Paralegal with Loewy Law Firm, Austin, Texas
Ms. Kliman is an experienced and Board Certified Paralegal with a demonstrated history of working in the legal and medical industries. She is skilled in medical record summarization, drafting pleadings and discovery, e-filing, demand preparation, negotiation, subrogation and reductions.

Lauren Melhart

Attorney with Kinser & Bates, LLP, Dallas, TX
Ms. Melhart has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2007 and earned board certification in family law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2014. Ms. Melhart has extensive experience within the family law field, including several years as a prosecutor representing the Department of Family and Protective Services. As a CPS prosecutor, Ms. Melhart received the award for excellence in serving children from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Trinity Valley. She has also been named by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star each year since 2013 and is on the faculty for the NITA/American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute held in Boulder, Colorado, every July.

Lisa M. Norman

Attorney with Andrews Myers, P.C., Houston, TX office
Ms. Norman is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, her practice is centered on all aspects of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on commercial bankruptcy, financial litigation, contract disputes and construction law. She has extensive trial experience in the Texas state courts, federal courts and arbitration. Ms. Norman has successfully argued appeals before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court and multiple Texas Courts of Appeals. Her commercial bankruptcy practice focuses on creditors’ rights and acquisitions within the bankruptcy context, and she has managed cases from inception through final disposition, including depositions, briefs/motions, mediation, arbitration and trial.

Aimee M. Pingenot Key

Attorney with Goranson Bain Ausley, Dallas, TX
Ms. Pingenot Key exclusively practices family law. She has been selected for inclusion in Texas Monthly “Rising Stars” each year since 2006. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Pingenot Key was the program director of a supervised visitation facility for families in Austin as well as an elementary school teacher with the non-profit program, Teach for America. She received a B.A. degree in Psychology, with honors, an M.S. degree in Social Work, with honors, and a J.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Pingenot Key is board certified in family law and speaks and writes frequently on issues in family law.

Emily T. Ross

Yusuf Ross Law, PLLC, San Antonio, TX
Ms. Ross is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has extensive litigation experience in both civil and family law. Her current practice covers all areas of family law litigation, including divorce, child custody, visitation and child support, modification and enforcement of court orders, and property division. Ms. Ross serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Family Law Foundation and is a member of the Texas Family Law Foundation’s Bill Review Committee, reviewing and advising on legislation that impacts family lawyers and families throughout Texas. She has also been named by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star. Ms. Ross earned her B.S. degree in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University and her J.D. degree from Baylor University School of Law.