October Skills Courses

SKL-100116: Risk Management 

Saturday, October 1st (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.) (room 111)
This course is designed to introduce students to Risk Management and how, as future lawyers, they may needed to understand and apply the various concepts of this interesting subject matter.  The first portion of the course will provide an introductory overview to the concept of "risk," the roles and responsibilities of the client/attorney/risk manager, and the traditional tools used in Risk Management. The second portion of the course will focus on one of the most common (and misunderstood) ways lawyers assist their clients in managing risk: contractual risk allocation (including the insurance device). Please do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and discuss such an important topic with a former risk manager and current in-house counsel.)

*counts toward Health Care Certificate

SKL-CLE-100816: A Primer on Expropriations in Louisiana 

Saturday, October 8th (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.)  (room 111) 

This course is offered through the CLE "Back to School" series.  Please make sure to register with the CLE office. Students may attend for free, but seats are limited. Please complete registration form and indicate you are a law student: 

A variety of topics will be discussed during the presentation. Including: the relationship between fundamental property rights and the public’s need for property for public purposes; due process a comparison of relevant provisions of the United States Constitution with the Louisiana Constitution; the distinction between an expropriation of property and “appropriation” of Property; inverse condemnations; regulatory taking; delegation of the right to expropriate to private entities such as railroads, utilities, and pipeline companies; governmental expropriation of property for private development; the distinction between expropriation of a whole tract and expropriation of only a part of a tract; just compensation; off-set and the distinction between general benefits and special benefits; severance damage, including “before and after” rules; business losses; valuation Issues, including “highest and best use” and market data, income, and cost approach in appraisals; valuations of less than a 100% interest in property expropriated; rights of lessors and lessee when leased property is expropriated; Louisiana procedures and federal procedures; issues to be determined by judges as opposed to those determined by juries; requirement of prior good faith negotiation; quick takings; burdens of proof and evidence; and the role of expert witnesses such as engineers, surveyors, and appraisers.

SKL-101416: The Death Penalty in Orleans Parish

Friday, October 14th (12:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.) (room 308) 

This action-oriented symposium on the death penalty in Orleans Parish, Louisiana will examine the patterns and practices that enable wrongful convictions resulting in a capital sentence and identify concrete solutions for advancing justice and accountability.  Panelists will discuss past and current death penalty cases, as well as attempts to secure accountability at the local, state, and national level. 



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SKL-101816: Active Listening 

Tuesday, October 18th (5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.)  (room TBA) 

This class will focus primarily on non-verbal communication skills, reflecting back what people are saying, listening for what's important to someone and practicing how to reflect back their values, and listening for how someone is feeling and how to objectively reflect back their feelings in a non-judgmental way without compromising neutrality. This is a skill all lawyers need to practice and improve over the course of their career.  Come learn this skills to help you in all aspects of lawyering and then practice those skills in a simulation on police mediation.

*This class satisfies the required Negotiation skills (applicable to the 2L class).

SKL102016: Scholarly Writing Part II- Research and Preemption 

Thursday, October 20th (12:30 to 1:45) (room 111)

The Scholarly Writing Series is a three-part skills class designed over the course of three months to help students achieve individual writing goals. The Series begins with a class to  assist students in their transition from persuasive writing to scholarly writing and understand the importance of topic selection. The next class is designed to assist students
with research and the last class allows student to brainstorm with colleagues and test the theory of their writing piece. Students must attend all three in order to earn a skills credit.

SKL-102116: Nonprofit ventures and Life Balance 

Friday, October 21st  (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.)  (room 111) 

Many times practitioners feel unconnected to their work or seek different ways to build a meaningful life.  This course will explore how one attorney was inspired by a family member to create a non-profit and provide funding pathways to grow attention to a specific medical need in the community.  Students will learn the basics of creating a non-profit and several aspects of how to market and grow attention to a cause.  One large component to successful lawyering includes life balance whether it is through physical activity or building pathways to meaningful work.  This class will provide both insight and opportunity to bring balance in your life.  In true experiential fashion, we are also including an exercise challenge after the lecture to walk or job Audubon park with the skills instructor. 

SKL- CLE: 102216: IP for the Non-IP Practitioner: Pitfalls, Perspectives and Pointers and Information Privacy Law: Intro to Consumer Privacy and Data Protection

Saturday, October 22nd (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.)  (room 111) 

This course is offered through the CLE "Back to School" series.  Please make sure to register with the CLE office. Students may attend for free, but seats are limited. Please complete registration form and indicate you are a law student: 

IP for the Non-IP Practitioner: Pitfalls, Perspectives and Pointers
IP issues now pervade, or at least influence, many aspects of commercial and personal affairs as well as individual and corporate wealth. This seminar seeks to provide the non-IP practitioner with insights into these issues. The program begins with an intellectual property primer (patents, trade secrets, copyright, trademarks and franchises) geared to the practitioner. The remainder of the program will review specific matters (whether engagements for advice, transactions or litigation and whether involving common or sophisticated ideas and technology, artistic works, brands or product distribution) that may arise in your practice. The program includes a review of some of the most common misunderstandings in the IP field (including ownership, scope of rights, ethical issues, licenses, non-compete arrangements and the interplay of federal and state laws).

Information Privacy Law: Intro To Consumer Privacy and Data Protection
Does the fight between Apple and the FBI mean anything to my clients? Do my clients understand the many privacy issues and risks inherent in their businesses or transactions? Who are the agencies and regulators involved in these issues? What federal or state laws govern these matters? Are my clients collecting information on their customers or on visitors to their web-sites or mobile apps? Do my clients have, or need, a “privacy policy”? What is a “privacy policy”? What sorts of contracts or “terms of service” are used in this context? What are “Fair Information Practices”? Why should my small, or large, clients in Louisiana care about the European Union Directives on Data Protection? Or, the “Regulation” or “Safe Harbor” associated with it? These, and other questions, are addressed in this introductory seminar. 

SKL-10252716: Immigration Law and Crimes

Tuesday and Thursday, October 25th and 27th (12:30p.m. to 1:50p.m.) (Room 111) 
This skills class is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in immigration law or as prosecutors or criminal defense counsel.

The intersection of immigration law and criminal law, sometimes called “crimmigration,” has become increasingly important in recent years.  Criminal antecedents can have a profound effect on an individual’s ability to seek employment or join family in the United States and on the individual’s ability to remain in the United States, even after having lived here for many years.  Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010), which held that failure to advise of the immigration consequences of a guilty plea constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel, possible immigration consequences are also a critical consideration for criminal defense counsel. Immigration consequences also affect prosecutors’ ability to negotiate plea bargains with immigrant defendants.  The advent of U visas for victims of crime and T visas for victims of human trafficking, and the requirement of cooperation with law enforcement to be eligible for those visas, have created additional links between immigration and criminal law.   

(*this course satisfies required course Cross-Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Skills)