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March Skills

​SKL-MAR-030417: Investigation of Maritime Accidents

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

This skills course introduces students to governmental investigations of marine accidents, with a primary focus on the roles and authorities of the United States 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-03070917: Natural Law

(Tues/Thurs, March 7 & 9, 2017) (12:30-2:00pm) (LS 111)

Our country’s founding document, The Declaration of Independence, invoked the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God as the justification for rejection of the tyrannical rule of George III’s England. These Natural Laws were self evident and inalienable, and included the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and the explicit recognition that all of us are created equal. Additionally, the Declaration of Independence set forth correlative obligations of the citizenry to protect and nurture these Natural Law truths.

This class will explore the evolution of the Natural Law and its relevance and importance in today’s national and geopolitical climate. Among other things we will discuss the Natural Law in the context of current civil rights, immigration and refugee issues. 

SKL-031417: Environmental Research Skills

(Tuesday, March 14, 2017) (12:30-2:00pm) (LS 111)

Many areas of legal practice require knowledge beyond cases and statutes. This course will focus on advanced research methods for administrative, policy, and legislative history research using environmental law as a framework. We will explore these topics by examining resources and publications specific to environmental law practice in order to expose students to the broad range of research involved in this area. The class is a one-session lecture (questions encouraged) and an assignment that must be completed to receive full Skills credit.

SKL-031617: Demonstrative Evidence

(Thursday, March 16, 2017) (12:30pm-2:00pm) (LS 111)

This skills class will teach students when and how to use demonstrative evidence in various forms to argue your position in mediation, motions hearings, and in trials.  The students will learn low tech and high tech methods to help persuade lawyers, claim handlers, judges and juries to agree with your position. This class will discuss the use of physical evidence tangible blow-ups, court audio and visual systems, laptops, tablets, Power Point/Key Note software, and other trial presentation software. 

SKL-03212317: Quantum Damages and Demand Letters

(Tues/Thurs, March 21 & 23, 2017) (12:30pm-2:00pm) (LS 111)

In this two-part class, students will learn the basic steps of drafting a demand letter and researching quantum damages. Specifically, on Tuesday, the instructor will discuss the elements of a settlement demand and will present sample letters based on real cases. Afterwards, students will draft a demand for a hypothetical scenario.  Then, on Thursday, students will compare their drafts with each other and the instructor. Last, the instructor will explain the process of researching quantum and the students will analyze quantum for various injuries. 

SKR-032417a: Setting up your Solo Practice

(Friday, March 24, 2017) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)

This presentation will first cover the "nuts and bolts" of how to set up your solo practice and learn to be profitable as quickly as possible. Specifically, students will learn the practical startup components of starting a law practice on your own by one of our incubator attorneys.  The second portion of the presentation is dedicated to highlighting the business model of practice.  Specifically, students will learn how to analyze productivity, efficiency, costs, and make other decisions that impact their bottom line, so that they can run their law business profitably. Jump start your learning curve and get out on your own.

*This course will satisfy the requirement "Law Office Management and Professionalism". 

SKR-032417: Professionalism in Practice

(Friday, March 24, 2017) (1:00pm-4:00pm) (LS 308)

This course is sponsored by The Louisiana Committee on the Profession. Students will watch short vignettes of professional and ethical dilemmas many new attorneys face.  After each short presentation, experienced practitioners and judges will guide the discussion on how to best handle difficult situations. Many attorneys in the first five years of practice may not know how to handle certain situations. Through mentoring and experienced attorneys, this class will help you transition into practice. Come learn how to prevent ethical dilemmas and understand professionalism issues before such occur in real life. The last hour of the course is dedicated to discussion on student debt issues. 

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

SKL-032517: Real Estate Primer 

(Saturday, March 25, 2017) (9:00am-4:00pm) (LS 111)

The Louisiana Real Estate License Law and the Rules and Regulations of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission permit license applicants to apply certain coursework toward the 90 hour real estate sales or 150 hour broker pre-license requirements. Courses must have been completed while attending an accredited college or university. Frequently, students who are enrolled in a School of Law will have completed sufficient coursework in their undergraduate and law courses to meet the requirements, with the exception of an 8 hour course in License Law and Rules and Regulations. This course is designed t review the necessary content so that students may submit their transcripts, along with the 8 hour course completion certificate for evaluation by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. Upon approval by the Commission, students will be able to submit an application for licensing and be authorized to schedule the real estate licensing examination.

SKL-032817: Native American Cultures and Indian Law

(Tues/Thurs,  March 28 & 30, 2017) (12:30pm to 1:50pm)  (Room 111)

Gregory Gagnon, Adjunct Professor of Indian Law and Citizen of Bad River Reservation, will describe cultural foundations of American Indians in the United States with emphasis on interactions with Native American clients, including tribal governments.   He will offer an introduction to the Common Law principles of Indian law and federal statutes which are operative in federal courts, describe practicing in tribal courts, state-tribal relations,  and  examples of intercultural interactions drawn from his experiences.   Dr. Gagnon has taught Introduction to American Indian Law at Loyola University each Spring semester since 2013.   Although retired, he has been an expert witness in voting rights litigation and continues to consult with American Indian entities. 

*This course satisfies Cross-Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Skills requirement.

SKL-MAR-033117: Maritime Contracts

(Friday, March 31, 2017) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111)

Given the importance of the maritime and offshore industry in this region, any attorney practicing maritime law along the Gulf Coast will need to understand the attributes of a maritime contract, how a maritime contract differs from a non-maritime contract, maritime indemnity and insurance obligations, the Louisiana and Texas Oilfield Indemnity Acts, and how a maritime contract can affect Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act obligations, among other things.