February Skills

SKR-020217: Representing Asylum Seekers

(Thursday, February 2, 2017) (1:00pm-4:00pm) (LS 308)

This is a "pop up" skills class to address some of the emerging legal issues relevant to the new administrations executive order.  This class is a broadcast of a webinar presented for pro bono attorneys who would like to help asylum seekers address the legal issues currently evolving. The National Immigrant Justice Center is broadcasting a webinar and we will play this webinar in a classroom for those interested.  

*This skill class will count for Cultural Competence requirement. 

SKR-020417: Negotiation

(Saturday, February 4, 2017) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)

This course is formatted in short three “one-hour instruction units”.  The first unit will introduce students to the chronology of a negotiation and basic terminology, such as agenda and priority setting.  The second unit you will hear instructors skilled in negotiation provide strategy tips on difficult negotiations.  The last unit provides simulation time where students will practice negotiation skills.  

*This course satisfies the required Negotiation skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKR-02070917: Client Interviewing

(Tuesday/Thursday, February 7 & 9, 2017) (12:30pm-2:00pm) (LS 111)

Do you think interviewing a client is simply asking a series of questions?  Come learn how to prepare for a client interview through relationship-centered lawyering. You will leave the course more confident about your ability to skillfully prepare and effectively interview a client.  Students will engage in a simulation based on a case related to civil litigation.  Essentially, students will meet a hypothetical client who is seeking representation based on a problem which will likely result in filing a civil complaint. Learn the ‘art of interviewing’ specifically how to ask questions that build trust, solicit information or reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. 

*This course satisfies the required Client Interviewing skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKL-021117: Food Law and Policy

(Saturday, February 11) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)

This course will provide an overview of what food law is and how it has been imperative in the formulation of law and policy in the US generally, but Louisiana specifically. Food, in all of its industry iterations have been at the center of legal arguments ranging from acquisition to workers’ rights. However, food law as an independent practice is relatively new. Fights over food, food security, food safety, and food access have traditionally been fought in courts that only consider food an ancillary component of the argument. Through this course, you will come to understand that food is the fight and it is predominately a social justice one.

SKR-02141617: Legal Marketing

(Tuesday/Thursday, February 14 & 16, 2017) (12:30pm-1:30pm) (LS 111)

This course is designed to provide practical training in legal marketing, especially to address those who may enter solo practice. Come learn about the "nuts-and-bolts" of how to attract and actually get real clients, especially those that translate into legal work that pays. The instructor is the Ethics Counsel of the Louisiana State Bar Association who will teach students how to avoid ethical complaints and foster professional discipline. After the first day, students are required to create an advertisement for their "own" law office and submit the ad according to the state ethical rules before the next class. As a part of the class, everyone will receive critiques on how to improve marketing strategies and comply with bar rules. 

*This course satisfies the required Law Office Management and Professionalism skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKR-021717: Collaborative Law Practice Tools for the New Lawyer

(Friday, February 17, 2017) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)

Do you ever feel like there is too much arguing and fighting in the law which ends up causing more damage to relationships?  There is an alternative- "Collaborative Law" is a process where people may work with their attorney who is trained in the practice to proceed through legal issues using restorative practices. Law students will learn how to serve your clients with tools for resolving legal disputes without Judges, Magistrates, or Court Personnel making decisions for your clients. Provide your clients with specially trained mental health and financial professionals who will educate, support and guide you in reaching balanced, respectful and lasting agreements. Build a skill set that offers a safe and dignified environment to reduce conflict and minimize its impact on you, your clients and your life. This course is formatted to include information gathering, group experience, team work with other attorneys and professionals and alternative ways of going in the practice of law to reach resolution. 

*This course satisfies the required Negotiation skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.