March 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-CIV-030819: Deposing an Expert Witness

(Friday, March 8, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)

Depositions are one of the most important tools of discovery in civil practice, and depositions of an expert witness can make or break a case. Experienced attorneys in the fields of Medical Malpractice, Mass Torts, and Environmental litigation will cover everything you need to know about preparing for and taking depositions of expert witnesses.



SKR4-031519: Professional Networking

(Friday, March 15, 2019) (6:00 pm - 8:30 pm) (LS 344)

So you have heard all about social networking and the soft skills necessary to talk to people at a dinner party. This class allows you an opportunity to try those skills out in a real setting. The first hour of the course, students will hear from an instructor who is experienced in lobbying and networking on policy issues. She will share with you insights on how to talk to people and gracefully mention points in a conversation to advance your agenda. The remaining time in the class is dedicated to networking. Several attorneys are invited to a small reception to mingle with students and try out those soft skills and etiquette tips. Please come dressed in business attire ready to network and meet new people. At the end of the class students will hear from the practitioners on methods of improvement.

Note: This course satisfies skill competency requirement 4) Professionalism/Law Office Management.



SKR3-SOCJ-032219: Advocating for Victims of Human Trafficking

(Friday, March 22, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)

Join a juvenile court judge, attorney, and social worker as they present on effective methods courts can use to tackle the difficult issue of juvenile trafficking. The instructors will discuss the multi-level approach used by “trafficking courts” around the country and adopted by Orleans Parish Juvenile Court to train staff and develop court infrastructure that employs a trauma-informed approach with children who may be the victims of trafficking from their first to last contact with the court system. This course will explore how these strategies are employed throughout the juvenile court process, including at Intake, Diversion through Court Programs, Delinquency, Child in Need of Care, Families in Need of Services, and Probation phases of proceedings.

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



SKL-MAR-032319: Investigation of Maritime Accidents

(Saturday, March 23, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)

Attorney from the U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District present this skills course introducing students to governmental investigations of marine accidents, with a primary focus on the roles and authorities of the U.S. 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.



SKL-TRAN-032919: Banking Sector Regulatory Compliance

(Friday, March 29, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)

This class will introduce students to the compliance industry. The focus of the class is specific to banking and financial institutions, but compliance reaches many different areas of practice. From the Federal Reserve to the EPA, OSHA to the Transportation Safety Board, or the SEC to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, everything requires compliance professionals who understand the legal and regulatory framework. Come explore this alternative career route little-known to many law students.



SKR4-033019: Financing Your Solo Practice

(Saturday, March 30, 2019) (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) (LS 111)

As a new lawyer, it is important to find a healthy balance between your budding law practice and personal finances. From bootstrapping the early days to building a more substantial relationship with a bank—does the way you financially operate your practice set you up favorably for financing, a mortgage, a line of credit, etc.? Learn what a bank is going to be looking at when you need financial services. Breakfast will be provided.

Note: This course satisfies skills competency requirement 4) Professionalism/Law Office Management.