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September Skills Classes

SKR-CIV-090117: Client Interviewing (Civil)

(Friday, September 1st) (1:00pm-4:00pm) (LS 111)
Do you think interviewing a client is simply asking a series of questions? Come learn how to prepare for a client interview through relationship-centered lawyering. You will leave the course more confident about your ability to skillfully prepare and effectively interview a client.  Students will engage in a simulation based on a case related to civil lawyering.  Essentially, students will meet a hypothetical client who is seeking representation based on a problem which will likely result in filing a civil complaint. Learn the ‘art of interviewing’ specifically how to ask questions that build trust, solicit information or reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. 

*This course satisfies the required Client Interviewing skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKL-09050717: Opening and Closing Statements (Trial Advocacy)

(Tuesday & Thursday, September 5th and 7th) (12:30p.m. to 1:45p.m.) (Room 111)
This course is designed to assist beginners in developing and presenting effective opening statements and closing arguments. Developing themes, understanding juries, and timing are some of the topics that will be covered. The course will also help inexperienced attorneys avoid the many pitfalls and common mistakes that often arise when arguing a case.

SKR-SOCJ-090817: Client Interviewing (Social Justice)

(Friday, September 8th) (1:00pm-4:00pm) (LS 111)
Do you think interviewing a client is simply asking a series of questions? Come learn how to prepare for a client interview through relationship-centered lawyering. You will leave the course more confident about your ability to skillfully prepare and effectively interview a client.  Students will engage in a simulation based on a case related to social justice litigation. Learn the ‘art of interviewing’ specifically how to ask questions that build trust, solicit information or reflect confidence and authority on the subject matter. 

*This course satisfies the required Client Interviewing skills course for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.

SKL-090817: Legal Ethics and Social Media

(Friday, September 8th) (5:30pm-6:30pm) Presented by the Evening Law Students Association. Social Media has become second nature to today’s society. Each day millions of people are posting, sharing, and scrolling through the multitude of social media platforms, but how many of those people are thinking about legal ethics while performing such everyday acts? The chances are not many. Legal ethics and social media at times find a meeting of common ground, and it is important to recognize when this happens and the potential outcomes from such a meeting. 

*Note: Due to the length of this session, students must submit a 400 word reflection paper on the presentation via blackboard in order to receive skills credit for this course.

SKL-MAR-090917: Maritime Primer

(Saturday, September 9th) (9:00am to 12:00p.m.) (Room 111) 
Louisiana and the Gulf South are the most active jurisdictions for maritime practice. This class will cover basic concepts of what is the traditional test for maritime tort and contract jurisdiction, what is the distinction between jurisdiction adn applicable law, what are navigable waters of the United States, the basic concepts of Jones Act Seaman status, who is a Longshore Harbor Worker and other very basic concepts of maritime law.  Students will walk away with a broad understanding of maritime law which will assist with subsequent skill courses that address drafting a maritime complaint, answering the maritime complaint, propounding discovery and conducting a factual investigation of a maritime accident in rem jurisdiction and arrest and seizure of a vessel, and limitation of liability.  Attend this first class that is part of a larger series of skills courses. 

SKL-SOCJ-09121417: Juvenile Defense Primer

(Tuesday & Thursday, September 12th and 14th) (12:30p.m. to 1:45p.m.) (Room 111)
The objective of this course is to provide students an overview of what happens to children arrested in Louisiana and how attorneys advocate for youth in that process. You’ll learn about the progression from detention hearings to disposition hearings, including the important ways that attorneys, advocates and community members work on each child’s case. We will also discuss some collateral consequences for youth that are system-involved and how to minimize them. Students interested in juvenile law and/or criminal law and procedure should attend.

SKL-0915102417: Scholarly Writing Series Part I: Topic Development

Part I: (Friday, Sept. 15th) (10:00 - 11:30 am) (LS 111) The Scholarly Writing Series is a two-part skills class designed over the course of two 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 techniques for conducting scholarly research and incorporating the research into their writing.

Note: Students must attend both sessions and submit a minimum 100-word topic summary in order to earn a skills credit for this course.  

SKL-MAR-09192117: Longshore Act

(Tuesday & Thursday, September 19 and 21) (12:30p.m. to 1:45p.m.) (Room 111) 
This course is designed to introduce students to a basic overview and practical aspects of The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.  Students learn the basics of jurisdiction of the Longshore Act including OCSLA, the Defense Base Act, and covered employers and employees covered under the act. Two practitioners, one who represents longshore claimants and another who will present the employer’s perspective, will explain the administrative process of filing a claim, hearings before the administrative law judge, and the appeal process.  They will present practical and legal aspects to completing the necessary forms including why such forms must be filed and how to proceed through the administrative process.

SKL-TRAN-092217: Mergers and Acquisitions

(Friday, September 22) (9:00am-12:00pm) (LS 111) 
This course will cover drafting corporate documents, real estate closings and the basics of mergers and acquisitions. We encourage students to attend in order to learn the basics of drafting because you never know when you may need this skill in practice. Students particularly interesting transactional drafting should absolutely make time for this course in order to learn form two experienced lawyers skills in contract drafting.

SKL-CIV-09262817: Motion Drafting

(Tuesday/Thursday, September 26 and 28) (12:30pm-1:45pm) (LS 111)
One of the fundamental skills in civil practice is motion drafting. How to build a well-constructed motion with a memorandum in support and to properly attach exhibits is important to learn before entering practice. Through the context of a state motion for summary judgment, students in this class will draft a motion and a portion of the law in a sample memorandum. The experienced practitioner will guide students to showcase strategy and the art form of drafting a solid motion and memorandum. Students will also learn about civil practice guides and other tools to assist in the transition into practice. 

SKR-092717: Internet Presence for Attorneys

(Wednesday, September 27) (12:30pm-1:30pm) (LS 114) (Instructor: Andrew Legrand '11) Presented by the Loyola College of Law Incubator Program and the Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Program, this skills course will teach aspiring solo practitioners how to build an internet presence from scratch. The course will also present effective techniques for using social media, blogging and website development to build your practice. 

*Note: Upon submission of a 400-word reflection paper, attendance at this skills course will earn one skills credit and satisfy skills competency requirement (4) Law Office Management and Professionalism.

SKR-SOCJ-092717: Fair Housing Advocacy for LGBTQ Clients 

(Wednesday, September 27) (6:00pm-7:30pm) (LS 343)

Presented by Lambda Law Alliance and National Lawyers Guild. A panel of attorneys from the Housing Unit of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center will provide an overview of housing discrimination issues in the New Orleans metro area, with a special focus on discrimination against the LGBTQ community. The panelists will explore the most common forms of discrimination faced by their clients and effective techniques for advocating for their clients around these issues. Students interested in social justice or discrimination issues should attend. 

*Note: Upon submission of a 300-word reflection paper, attendance at this skills course will earn one skills credit and satisfy skills competency requirement (3) Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Skills.

SKL-CRIM-092917: Criminal Law Primer

(Friday, September 29) (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.)  (Room 111) 
This course is dedicated to the practical aspects of handling a criminal case, specifically arrest, bail, and preliminary hearings; motions and discovery, jury selection and trial considerations.  Mr. Hebert will take you through each aspect of a criminal case and provide specific practice tips.  This is a great class to take for anyone interested in criminal practice both defense and prosecution. 

Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in Challenging Times

(Friday, September 29) (12:30 to 4:15p.m.)  (Room 405) An event co-sponsored by Project South, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and the US Human Rights Network. Listen to experts discuss the Muslim ban, dealing with the FBI, religious discrimination, naturalization and Green Card delays, and other civil and human rights abuses against Arab and Muslim-Americans. Registration not available through Blackboard. Instead, register at http://projectsouth.org/representing_muslim_americans_in_challenging_times.

*This event satisfies the required Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Skills core competency skills requirement for all students who entered Fall 2014 and thereafter.