February Skills classes

SKL-020715: Community Police Mediation Training

Saturday, February 7th  (9:00a.m.-12:00p.m) (LS - Room 111)

This is a skills class offered in conjunction with the Independent Police Monitor's office fostering police mediation training in an active role play scenario.  The course is limited to 20 students who will be given a role to play, such as a police officer or resident complainant in a mediation session.  Professional mediators who participate in police mediation program will provide specific guidance related to police mediation.  Students will learn skills such as active listening, managing differences, understanding facilitative and transformative mediation, recognizing the complexity in a mediation process. 

SKP-022215: Understanding Louisiana's Civil Tradition and Cultural Heritage

Friday, February 20th  (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.) (LS - Room 308)

The first half of the course:  "How Legal System of Louisiana differs from that of other states and how it doesn't." In the first half of the course, Professor Keith Vetter will outline the areas of law where Louisiana does not differ measurably from the other States, and the areas in which it does. Since the main area of difference is the Louisiana Civil Code, Professor Vetter will explain how the Civil Code differs from the law of the other States in terms of (1) THE SUBSTANCE OF THE LAW, i.e., the different legal concepts used to solve legal problems, (2) THE STRUCTURE OF THE LAW  - that is how the law in our Civil Code is organized differently from the law in the Common Law states, and (3) THE FORM OF THE RULE OF LAW AND THE METHODOLOGY USED TO SOLVE SPECIFIC LEGAL PROBLEMS. The aim is to show how and why our Civil Law Tradition developed and serves to make our law different from that of the other States.

The second half of the course, guest lecturer Warren Perrin will provide an in-depth history of French speaking Acadian people and their settlement in Louisiana.  Mr. Perrin will explain the unique linguistic and cultural heritage of the Louisiana cajun people and the important legal arguments set forth to protect their way of life.  

This is a rare opportunity to learn about both the civil law tradition and the history of the people who shaped Louisiana. 


SKL-022715: Judicial Administration

Friday, February 27th  (9:00 a.m.-12:00p.m) (LS - Room 111)

The term “judicial administration” refers to the processes and procedures utilized to effectively and efficiently manage courts and court cases.  The term is also used interchangeably with “court administration.”   At the state supreme court level, judicial administration involves the general supervision and management of an entire state court system.  At the individual court level, judicial administration involves the efficient and expeditious management of a court and its cases.  This course will introduce law students to a number of important topics and issues in judicial administration, including: Court finances and budgeting, Personnel, Court statistics; Case management; Judicial conduct and ethics; Rulemaking; Court technology;Judicial education; Court security;Interpreters;Court property; Judicial committees, commissions, and task forces; Federal court administration; Legislation involving courts and judges; and Legal issues involving courts and judges.

Having a working knowledge of the basic tenets of judicial administration will assist lawyers in their competent representation of clients.  In addition, the field of judicial administration offers possible career opportunities to lawyers who do not wish to engage in the private practice of law, or who wish to transition out of private practice. Students interested in pursuing a career in judicial administration, a law clerk position or future plans for the bench should come learn from a very experienced judicial administrator. 

SKL-022815: Solo/Small Practice and Loss Prevention

Saturday, February 28th  (9:00 a.m.-12:00p.m) (LS - Room 405)

The first portion of the course is dedicated to “The Solo and Small Practice: What Every Lawyer Should Know and Tips for the Young Lawyer”.  An experienced solo practitioner will help students determine which type of law practice to establish, how to set-up their offices, and how to develop and grow their businesses.  Additionally, an LSBA Loss Prevention Counsel will guide the students through the skills needed to have a successful practice, including determining whether to establish an attorney-client relationship, checking for conflicts of interest, properly handling fees and monies received during the representation, maintaining client files, controlling practice calendars, and terminating the relationship.

The second portion of the course is dedicated to “Loss Prevention: The Legal Malpractice Policy”
An LSBA Loss Prevention Counsel will discuss the top questions lawyers ask about the malpractice policy, review common provisions of the policy and show the students actual malpractice claims Louisiana lawyers filed with the professional liability carrier.