January 2019 Skills Courses

REGISTRATION METHOD: Simply click on the "Click Here To Register" link under the course description for each skills course in the monthly calendar. After logging in to Blackboard, click on the "Enroll" button on the left-hand side of the screen and hit the "Submit" button. Registration closes 24 hours in advance of each skills course.

SKL-SOCJ-011119: Special Education Advocacy

(Friday, January 11, 2019) (12:00 pm - 4:00 pm) (LS 344) 
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), a national nonprofit, is pleased to offer this training open to law students. The training provides an overview of special education law, including: the referral process, prior written notice, eligibility, evaluations, free and appropriate education (FAPE), related services, individualized education programs (IEP), basis for services, placement and least restrictive environment, transition plans, due process and the “stay put” provision, and mediation. It covers right to attorney fees as well. The training is intended as an introductory skill-building training for attorneys new to the practice of special education law. Participants explore special education law as it relates to both traditional public schools and charter schools, and learn the importance of securing appropriate services and supports for students with disabilities.



SKL-SOCJ-012519: NOPD Federal Consent Decree Proceeding

(Friday, January 25, 2019) (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) (Proceeding – LS 308; Post-Proceeding Discussion - LS 344)

On January 11, 2013, the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into an Agreement to ensure that the services of the NOPD improve public safety, increase public confidence, and protect the constitutional rights of all citizens. In this unique skills course, students will attend a proceeding held right here on campus before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana with Judge Susie Morgan presiding. The proceeding will feature reports by the Monitoring Team, the U.S. DOJ, and the NOPD. Immediately following the proceeding, the lawyers who lead the Federal Consent Decree Monitoring Team will present to students giving an overview of the origins of the NOPD Consent Decree, the role of the Monitoring Team in evaluating compliance, and the role of the federal judge in promoting, assessing, and ultimately ruling on whether NOPD has complied with its obligations under the Decree.

Note: Students must attend both the discussion and the federal court proceeding to receive skills credit. Lunch will be provided during the post-proceeding discussion.



SKR2-012619: Negotiation

(Saturday, January 26, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111) 
This course will teach the fundamentals of negotiation. Students will learn proven techniques and strategies for successfully navigating difficult negotiations. Students also have the opportunity to hone their negotiation skills through simulation exercises led by the instructor.

Note: Per instructor's request, student who arrive late will not be allowed entry. This course satisfies skills competence requirement 2) Negotiation.



SKR4-012919: Personal Branding and Networking

(Tuesday, January 29, 2019) (12:30 -1:30 pm) (LS 111)
This skills course is sponsored by BLSA. Developing a personal brand and networking skills are important steps to law firm employment and attracting those important first legal clients. This skills course will explore steps that law students and new lawyers can take to put them on the road to long-term career success. Attendees will learn the questions they should ask themselves as they embark on building their legal career, and how those answers can be applied to networking and business development tips. The presentation will also discuss why having your own book of business is important and when you should start building it (spoiler alert: Now!), and the process for attracting new clients.

Note: Students must submit a 400-word reflection paper in order to receive skills credit. This course satisfies skills competency requirement 4) Professionalism/Law Office Management