September Skills

SKL-SocJ-090916:  Social Justice Lawyering  

(Friday, September 9th)  (1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.)  (Room 111)

This course will introduce students to social justice lawyering from the movement perspective. In this interactive and participatory workshop, students will strengthen their understanding of how to work as community lawyers – lawyering collaboratively with organizers to build social and political movements that have the power to win. Students will explore the range of roles legal advocates play and the competing tradeoffs of varying approaches; identify the core strategies, tactics, and skills of movement legal work; share real stories of cases/campaigns and constructively reflect on challenges and opportunities; and discuss power & privilege and the importance of anti-oppression framework to movement legal work.  


SKL-CLE-091016: 2016 Legislative Update 

Saturday, September 10th (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. 

As usual Loyola CLE is proud to present one of our most popular Back to School programs - the 2016 Legislative Update. Get caught up on all the changes made in the Louisiana Legislature this past legislative session from Representatives Raymond Garofalo and Joseph Lopinto. Also have the ability to speak first-hand with the representatives regarding the budget!

SKL-MAR-09131516: Maritime Primer

(Tuesday & Thursday  September 13th & 15th) (12:30p.m. to 1:45p.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-CRIM-091616: Criminal Primer

Friday, September 16th (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.

SKL-CIV-091716: Worker's Compensation 

Saturday, September 17th (9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.)  (Room 111) 

Students will review the basic history of the Workers Compensations Act, the Do's & Don'ts in the daily practice. This course is guided by two worker's compensation practitioners and a judge through interactive guided discussion.  Students will receive instructional materials to help them in their future practice.  Do not underestimate the importance of acquiring a basic understanding of the WorkersCompensation Act!

SKL-092016: Scholarly Writing Part I: Topic Development

Tuesday, September 20th (12:30 -1:45 p.m.)  (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-CRIM-092316: Criminal Arraignment, Preliminary Examination and Pretrial Motions

Friday, September 23rd  (4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.)  (Room 111) 
To practice criminal law requires the practitioner to understand the importance of Constitutional rights attached to the criminal arraignment.  Students will learn the basic process and practical aspects of criminal procedure relevant to arraignment.  Next, students will learn how to conduct a preliminary examination specifically addressing a police report and testifying officer.  Last, the instructor will introduce students to basic pretrial motions and the importance of drafting and filing relevant motion to protect the client's interest. 

SKL-CLE-092416: Writing for the Court: Giving Judges What They Crave

Saturday, September 24th  (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.

Loyola CLE is pleased to welcome a renowned speaker, Professor James C. Raymond. Dr. Raymond is the founder and president of the International Institute for Legal Writing + Reasoning, based in New York. He has conducted workshops and seminars in legal writing and reasoning for judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, and quasi-judicial tribunals in the U.S. and more than 35 foreign jurisdictions. His workshops are based on an original issue-driven approach, applicable to every phase of litigation from drafting pleadings to writing appellate judgments. You will learn to write with more efficiency, organization, a clearer style, and more persuasive analysis. Also, you will learn strategies useful in planning litigation, conducting efficient trials or hearings, promoting settlements, and preparing oral arguments and judgments. It is appropriate for both judges and counsel. Participants are invited (not required) to submit a writing sample in advance and to bring it to the session to be used as the basis of an individual revision exercise.

SKP-09272916: Advanced Research Skills 

Tuesday & Thursday, September 27th & 29th (12:30p.m to 1:45p.m.)  (Room 111)
Legal research is one of the most important skills for an attorney. This course will help students feel more confident about legal research by introducing advanced methods not included in Lawyering I & II. On Tuesday, students will learn how to find journal articles, legislative history, the best databases they're not already using, and citation quick tips. The librarians will solicit current research questions from the students and introduce them to library services. On Thursday, the students will receive training on how to use Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg more efficiently, and then, using an actual research problem, the students will learn how to put those skills into practice and learn techniques to help them complete research assignments more efficiently.