April 2018 Skills Courses

SKL-040618: Child Welfare Primer

(Friday, April 6) (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) (LS 111)
Practitioners from multiple sides of Louisiana's child welfare system will guide students through an overview of practice in this area of the law. Students will learn the role of attorneys for the child, parent, and state at all stages of abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights and adoption proceedings. Students interested in family law, the foster care system, or children's rights should attend. 

SKL-CIV-040618: The Impact of the BP Oil Spill

(Friday, April 6) (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) (LS 111)

On the 8th anniversary of the BP Oil Spill, this course is designed to introduce students to the many legal and human impacts of this man-made environmental disaster. The first 90 minutes will be dedicated to a screening of a documentary film on the BP oil spill. The second 90 minutes will include a panel discussion. The panel will include a team of attorneys representing commercial fisherman and related businesses and a local commercial fisherman, who will discuss the many aspects of environmental litigation and impact to the community. This is a rare opportunity to learn and interact with those in the community who have worked on the BP case.

SKR3-040718: French Language and Legal Culture

(Saturday, April 7) (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) (LS 111)

Knowledge of French language, culture, and legal traditions can be very beneficial to attorneys, particularly in Louisiana. Whether you are representing a Francophone client, conducting primary research in the Code Civil, or practicing international law before one of the many international tribunals that operate in French, learning the language of international diplomacy can positively impact your legal practice. Students who attend this skills course will learn from an experienced Francophone attorney how Louisiana's French legal traditions are still relevant to today's practice. Students will also have fun learning key French legal terms and phrases from a native speaker with decades of experience teaching French at the university-level. 

*Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement (3) Cultural Competence 

SKR2-SOCJ-041318: Persuading People in Power

(Friday, April 13) (1:00pm-4:00pm) (LS 111)
Students will learn critical policy advocacy skills such as identifying important political targets and outlining tactics in a persuasive campaign that will motivate elected officials to take action on issues. The course will also feature an exercise in which students will be asked to give a five minute “elevator pitch” on a particular subject to convey a concise and persuasive message to a professional audience. 

*Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement (2) Negotiation.

SKL- MAR-041418: Investigation of Maritime Accidents

(Saturday, April 14) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)
This skills course introduces students to governmental investigations of marine accidents, with a primary focus on the roles and authorities of the United States Coast Guard. Students will learn how to interact with the U.S. Coast Guard and will learn the roles of other agencies including the National Transportation Safety Board and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. After beginning with a brief lecture, the presenters will guide students through a series of progressively complex marine casualty scenarios including an oil spill and a Outer Continental Shelf casualty. Topics will include the roles of parties-in-interest, the admissibility of Coast Guard casualty reports in civil litigation, the relationship between marine casualty investigations and mariner license revocation proceedings, and marine casualty notification requirements.