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Business & Corporate
Business Contracts: A Paralegal's Ultimate Guide (83157)

Essential Skills for the Corporate Paralegal

Drafting, reviewing and maintaining solid business contracts are crucial duties for corporate paralegals. This course will highlight the essential legal elements of contracts and then build upon that foundation. Build your contract drafting skills as well as your ability to effectively review and maintain contracts!

  • Understand key contract terminology and definitions of essential legal elements.
  • Build your contract drafting skills with practical checklists and sample language that you can reference later
  • Learn how to effectively review and maintain contracts.
  • Refine your writing: discover what you might be doing wrong and examine how to draft clear and error-free contracts.

Level: Intermediate

August 21, 2019
10:00 am (Eastern)

Estate Planning & Probate
Social Security Disability Evidence: A Paralegal's Guide (83150)

Expertly Organize Medical and Vocational Evidence to Support SSDI Claims

Do you know what disability examiners and administrative law judges watch for when evaluating claims? Do you know what evidence to look for, how to get it and best prepare it for submissions or hearings? Our seasoned faculty will teach you ways to evaluate, monitor, document and position SSDI claims for success from the initial interview to hearing preparation.

  • Enhance your understanding of common impairments and where clients fall on the listing.
  • Know what to look for - find out what types of evidence win disability claims.
  • Get tips for obtaining, organizing and reviewing medical and vocational records.
  • Discover pointers for getting clients to get their medical conditions documented.
  • Find out how to prepare claimants for hearings and tricky ALJ questions.

Level: Intermediate

August 6, 2019
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Law Office Management/Professional Development
Getting and Staying Organized: Creating "Best Practices" for Paralegals (83145)

Develop a Plan to Stay on Top of Multiple Case Files, Tasks and Deadlines

Staying on top of the daily demands of a firm is one of the key demands of a paralegal. You may have a system in place, but is it the most efficient? Look no further! This comprehensive course will walk you through effective methods to develop and maintain case files, calendaring systems and electronic filing and data storage. Make sure your organizational skills are spot on!

  • Explore some of the top time management tools for paralegals.
  • Discuss ways to keep case files neat, organized and maintained.
  • Learn how to develop an effective calendaring system for your firm.
  • Evaluate different apps and software that can be beneficial in organization.
  • Review methods to efficiently organize electronic files and data storage.

This is a rebroadcast of the original webcast delivered by Phyllis R. Calloway and Angela M. Gonzalez on October 25, 2018. Faculty will be available to answer your questions after the program.

Level: Intermediate

August 13, 2019
10:00 am (Eastern)

Legal Research & Writing
Legal Writing for Paralegals: Common Mistakes to Avoid (83151)

Develop a Plan to Prevent Costly Errors

Bad writing reduces credibility and wastes time and money for the entire legal profession. No attorney wants to be reprimanded by a judge about a poorly-written brief or motion. This course will offer you valuable insights on how to prevent this from happening! When you are handed a document to "revise and finalize," proofread it first. Find mistakes in grammar, punctuation and capitalization. Discover how to spot the most common errors in English and legal writing, and tactful ways to point them out to your boss, saving them the embarrassment and making you invaluable to your firm.

  • Learn valuable tips to avoid headaches due to common errors in grammar and punctuation.
  • Discuss how remaining organized can prevent problems down the road.
  • Review guidelines for proofreading so important details are not overlooked.
  • Explore ways to tactfully mention mistakes to attorneys.

Level: Intermediate

August 29, 2019
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Litigation & Trial Practice
Discovery Responses and Document Production: A Paralegal's Ultimate Guide (83149)

Practical Insights on Answering Written and Production Discovery

Do you know all the tips and tricks for making objections in discovery? Are you aware of the best approaches to reviewing, bates-stamping/indexing of documents and managing other aspects of the production process? In this program, seasoned faculty will share their hard-won insights for answering requests and handling traditional and electronic productions with finesse. Enhance your skills!

  • Obtain best practices for responding to interrogatories, RFAs, RFPs and other requests.
  • Gain practical insights on making objections to discovery requests.
  • Learn how to effectively review documents for privilege, responsiveness and other issues.
  • Get pointers on bates-stamping, redaction, duplication and indexing of documents.
  • Explore how to best manage electronic productions and work with PDF, TIFF and native file formats.
  • Receive tips on keeping proper discovery, privilege and production logs.

Level: Intermediate

August 5, 2019
11:00 am (Eastern)

The Paralegal's Guide to Personal Injury Damages (83156)

Retrieve, Review and Organize Important Damage Information

Do you have a firm grasp of the ins and outs of damages in personal injury cases? This insightful course will walk through the different types of damages, along with the information necessary to successfully recover. Effectively help the firm seek damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress. Learn how to identify when an injury is the result of an exacerbated or aggravated prior injury. Don't miss this chance to help attorneys maximize or contest the recovery of damages in personal injury cases!

  • Review some of the most common types of damages in personal injury cases.
  • Discuss what information and documents to obtain from clients.
  • Learn how to remain in compliance while gathering medical records.
  • Analyze the key components of drafting effective demand letters.
  • Develop effective checklists for tracking medical records and bills relevant to the case.

Level: Intermediate

August 15, 2019
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Preparing for Trial: What Paralegals Need to Know (83159)

Your Guide to Successful Trial Preparation

Preparing for trial is an important part of a paralegal's duties. This course will show you how to effectively navigate through the process to help you put together an efficient plan to stay organized. From sticking to a timeline to assembling a strong trial notebook, gain valuable insights you can put to use now. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your trial preparation skills!

  • Discuss efficient ways to organize and maintain trial checklists.
  • Explore methods to successfully prepare for trial.
  • Walk through how to organize and maintain a strong trial notebook.
  • Take a closer look at effective uses of technology in the courtroom.

Level: Intermediate

August 28, 2019
2:00 pm (Eastern)

Real Estate
The Paralegal's Guide to Construction Contracts (83158)

Defining Key Construction Aspects Paralegals Need to Know

Navigating through the ins and outs of construction contracts can be overwhelming for paralegals. Are you familiar with commonly used construction and contractor terminology? Do you have a firm grasp of the fundamental characteristics of a construction contract? This essential course will guide you through the key details of a solid contract. You will also learn helpful tips for reviewing, organizing and managing important construction contracts. Enhance your skills!

  • Review common construction and contractor terminology paralegals need to know.
  • Discuss the logistics of effective performance and construction project management.
  • Take a closer look at the fundamental aspects of construction contracts.
  • Learn methods to efficiently organize and manage construction contracts.

Level: Intermediate

August 22, 2019
11:00 am (Eastern)

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