Paralegal Education - Recorded CLE Webinars Hosted by NFPA

The webinars detailed below were originally hosted by NFPA and the recordings are also NFPA Approved CLE. Future recordings will be made available shortly after their original presentation.

All recorded webinars are $25 for NFPA members and $50 for nonmembers. 


Social Media Investigations: Don’t Miss the Boat (recorded 9/27/18)

Speaker: Joseph Jones, Bosco Legal Services, Inc

In this class Joseph Jones will teach the attorneys how social media and internet use have opened up new avenues for legal investigations. He will address why social media investigations are important to almost every case type. He will also discuss how to correctly locate, preserve and authenticate online content, and why a printed copy of something online is insufficient to produce as evidence. The discussion also includes ethical discussions on what you should/shouldn’t be doing in regards to sending “friend” requests or other communications with subjects of the investigation. Case law discussed will include what happens when law firms give no advice or bad advice to their clients regarding how to handle their social media accounts during litigation.

Session approved for 1.0 CLE credit. Cost is $25 for NFPA members and $50 for non-members.

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Failing at the Finish Line: How Law Firms Lose Prospective Clients at the Front Door (recorded 8/29/2018)
Presenter: Tina Johnston, FindLaw

Chances are you lost a potential client in the past week. It’s not because your website failed to attract visitors or that a lone, negative online review dissuaded an inquiring consumer. Rather, it’s because that attorney-seeker slipped through your fingers at the point of initial contact. The problem lies with your intake process, and your firm is not alone. This presentation will illustrate just what’s at stake for law firms and outline how they can improve how they handle client intake.

Session approved for 1.0 CLE credit. Cost is $25 for NFPA members and $50 for non-members.
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It’s that time - trial time! Preparing a rock star trial notebook is key  (recorded 7/18/2018)

Speakers: Mindi L. Schaefer, M.S., RP, OSBA, AACP and Carrie E. Davis, CP, Poling 

A properly organized and prepared Trial Notebook can be the difference between winning and losing for the Trial team. This CLE webinar will explore types of Trial Notebooks, techniques for creating Trial Notebooks, Trial phase components, elements of a legal matter, and other Trial related items from the perspective of two experienced litigation paralegals with a combined level of Trial experience in excess of 40 years.

Session approved for 1.0 CLE credit. Cost is $25 for NFPA members and $50 for non-members.
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Medical Malpractice 101: From the Paralegal’s View (recorded 5/21/2018)
Speaker: Callie A Kessler, Paralegal

This presentation will give the audience real world tips and tricks to setting depositions. The presentation will cover all aspects of the deposition process from setting the date/time, tracking all potential deponents, developing relationships with the local court reporters, and making sure that all transcripts and exhibits received. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Working with paralegals/secretaries of the other parties.
2. Tips for organizing depositions in case that have multiple parties, each having numerous witnesses and experts.
3. Working with medical personal, and obtaining a timely response. 
4. Limiting frustration of all parties involved when multiple changes occur in the process.

Session approved for 1.0 CLE credit. Cost is $25 for NFPA members and $50 for non-members.
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What Every Paralegal Should Know About Medical Experts (recorded 4/24/2018)

Speaker: Katie Clark, RN, MSN/MBA, Poling Law

The presentation will provide a look into the use of medical experts with guidance on the identification, location and retention of experts to help support any case.

Through this presentation, listeners will be able to:
1. Identify medical expert role in legal cases;
2. Utilize case background and information to determine the best expert for review;
3. Successfully locate and communicate with medical professionals for retention;
4. Develop and maintain professional relationships with experts.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE.
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Life Care Plans - Who, What, When and Why? (recorded 4/19/2018)

Speaker: Misty Coffman, Rn, CLNC, MSCC, CNLCP

Paralegals are frequently assigned to locate and procure Life Care Planners to address future care needs and serve as expert witnesses. This webinar will address ways to streamline the process and help the paralegal find a great expert for each case, thus making the paralegal more valuable to the organization. Tune in to find out the “who, what, when, and whys” of Life Care Planning. You’ll be glad you did!

Learning objectives:
• The Paralegal will be able to identify various disciplines that can serve as Life Care Planners and describe their associated range of charges/fees.
• The Paralegal will be able to identify the standards of practice for Life Care Planners.
• The Paralegal will be able to identify when to engage a Life Care Planner and the documents that the Life Care Plan Expert will require to complete the damage assessment.
• The Paralegal will be able to know where/how to locate and procure a Life Care Plan Expert Witness.

This webinar will be worth 1 CLE credit.
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Social Media Preservation, Subpoenas and Search Warrants - Recorded Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Speaker: Emily R. Morrison, Knox County Prosecutor’s Office

This presentation reviews the best way to preserve evidence on multiple social media platforms and what is required to obtain it. This session will also review the different types of formats in which the evidence is provided from social media platforms and how to go through that material. There will be actual examples shown and discussed, as well as handouts provided.

This webinar counts for 1 CLE
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Law and Ethics and Paralegals…Oh My! - Recorded 3/20/2018

Speaker: Mianne L. Besser, NFPA Director, Region II, Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, PC

Ethical minefields can occur on a daily basis and paralegals need skills and knowledge to identify them while remaining steadfast in their ethical standards. Learn strategies for avoiding unauthorized practices of law (UPL), understanding the parameters that apply to the newer classifications of paralegals and ensuring client confidentiality.

This webinar counts for 1 Ethics CLE

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Improve your Relationship Skills through Emotional Intelligence - Recorded 2/8/2018

Speaker: Peg Buehrle, Take Action Business Coaching 

We will deliver a program that will help you build your EQ (Emotional Intelligence) using four core EQ skills: self -awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. The result of this program will give you better control and tools to help understand each situation you encounter and how to gain the best results. 

This webinar counts for 1 CLE

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Dental Malpractice 101 for the Paralegal - recorded 1/25/2018 (64 minutes)

Speaker: Paul-Michael La Fayette, JD, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder 
This seminar is designed to provide paralegals with a unique understanding of dentistry that would enable them to have a baseline proficiency in working on a dental malpractice case. This seminar will also cover key issues such as understanding of dental anatomy, treatment planning, and common causes for treatment failure. It will also address aspects of dental malpractice litigation to include discovery and retention of appropriate experts. 

This webinar counts for 1 CLE

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Access to Justice and the Court Navigator Program - Recorded at 2017 Joint Conference (51 minutes)

Honorable Jonathan Lippman
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals

This video counts for .75 Ethics CLE

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied – Equal Access to the Courts - Recorded Joint Conference 2017 (59 minutes) 

Marty Tankleff, Vice President, Absolutely Innocent
Exoneree Advisory Committee Member, Innocence Project

This webinar counts for 1 CLE

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Ethical Challenges and Implications: Social Media and Networking  - Recorded at 2017 Joint Conference (recorded 64 minutes)

Sybil Taylor Aytch, NFPA Bar Association Coordinator

This webinar counts for 1 Ethics CLE

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Shoulder Dystocia: one of the top three obstetrical conditions for litigation - January 16, 2018

Speaker: Kim Murphy, MS, CNP, RNC, C-EFM

Shoulder dystocia is one of the top three litigation reasons in obstetrics. A shoulder dystocia is a true obstetrical emergency that cannot always be predicted. This course will enable the learner to understand the reasoning behind the actions taken by the delivering provider and possible outcomes for the mother and baby.

This webinar counts for 1 CLE

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The Addicted Lawyer: How We Got Here and How We Solve It - November 9, 2017

Speaker: Brian Cuban

Substance use disorders have always been higher than the societal norm in the legal profession. Most lawyers know someone in the legal profession whose career was either lost or significantly harmed due to addiction. Attorneys and law students, like anyone else, can be genetically predisposed to alcoholism, substance use disorders, depression, eating disorders and even adult self-harm. The stress of practicing law can be an environmental trigger to these issues. The associated shame and fear of judgment can inhibit a lawyer from disclosing these issues until there are both physical and employment consequences. Brian Cuban discusses his experiences with mental health issues, both as a law student at the University Of Pittsburgh and practicing attorney in Dallas Texas for over twenty years. Brian discusses his recovery, redefining his career as well as restoring family and passion for life.

This webinar counts for 1 NFPA Ethics Credit.

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"NFPA Webinar: Legal Project Management: Paralegal Training" July 13, 2016

Legal Project Management is a life cycle process beginning from the inception of a matter to its after-action review. Paralegals are an integral part of the legal team; are often involved in matters from inception; are practice area experts; and are in the perfect position to actively manage matters. Further, leveraging paralegals in budgeted matters can provide significant cost-savings to clients. This presentation provides an overview of legal project management specifically focused on paralegals. 

The Speakers

Marhya Fasching, Attorney
Certified Legal Project Manager

Tina M. Johnson, PACE® Registered Paralegal
GPM Gray Matter Certified Legal Project Manager

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

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“Strategically Protecting Privilege Materials: Proactive steps, Discovery Responses and Traps for the Unwary” April 5, 2016

About the Webinar

The costs and time associated with protecting privileged material among the tide of rapidly expanding data is a well-documented challenge that continues to develop. While much of that development focuses on mining the data for privileged material, this program steps back to examine the fundamental legal considerations that must be considered as the starting point of protecting privilege through an information governance program or in ediscovery.

Adhering to the maxim of “garbage in, garbage out,” the program will begin by addressing the business purpose of privilege to an organizational client, such as a corporation. We will then examine the manner in which privileged communications arise within such an organization, including best practices to protect privileged communications, and associated strategic considerations. Finally, we will highlight some traps for the unwary that arise during ediscovery, particularly in connection with Federal Rule of Evidence 502.

Throughout these topics, we will discuss the costs and benefits associated with both the creation and defense of privileged material, with an emphasis on the important role that paralegals play in enhancing the benefits of privileged material while converting costs into meaningful business investments.

About the Speaker

Jeffrey Schomig, Esq. is an attorney with Wilmer Hale. His practice includes representing clients in government regulatory and criminal investigations and in civil litigation. His practice also focuses on advising clients and other attorneys concerning attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine issues in a range of contexts, including the formation of joint defense relationships and non-waiver agreements. His decade-and-a-half of focus on legal privileges has allowed him to gain unique perspective on this area of law.

Mr. Schomig is a frequent instructor at CLE courses and an author on privilege topics. His articles have been published by Bloomberg Law Reports, Bloomberg BNA, Antitrust Report, Corporate Counsel and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s The Docket.

Jeffrey received his JD, from the University of Richmond, where he was Lead Articles Editor, Richmond Journal of Law and The Public Interest. He received a BA from American University in 1992.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

California MCLE is valid April 5, 2016 to April 4, 2018.

Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, and Personal Injury Trial Law is valid April 5, 2016 to April 4, 2018.

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“Are Powers of Attorney Really Necessary?” February 17, 2016

About the Webinar

This seminar will focus on the various types of medical and financial powers of attorney and other supporting documents, how and when they work, and why they are a necessary tool for paralegals in all areas of practice.

About the Speaker

Ronda Haynes, JD is a graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law 2015 and is awaiting the bar exam results.  She is currently employed as the Assistant Vice President, First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company.  Previously, Ronda worked for ten years as a paralegal for the law firm of Gordon & Sykes, where she worked in the area of estate planning.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

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“Rules Based Docketing 101” January 27, 2016

About the Webinar

One of the primary jobs of a litigation paralegal is managing deadlines and docketing correct court dates. This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of rules-based docketing, utilizing American LegalNet’s eDockets software, and provide practical tips on managing rules based docket entries.

About the Speaker

Lisa Vessels, RP, CP, FRP is employed by Duane Morris LLP managing the rules-based docketing software used by her firm's U.S. offices. Lisa has worked in the paralegal profession since 1992 with experience in commercial litigation, as well as corporate contract law specializing in commercial aviation equipment leasing and sales. Lisa earned her Bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies from Nova Southeastern University in 2005, and Associate's degrees in Computer Information Systems and Computer Programming (Visual Basic) from Miami Dade College in 2002. Lisa earned the Certified Paralegal® designation in September 2005, qualified as a Florida Registered Paralegal of The Florida Bar in June 2008, and earned the PACE® Registered Paralegal designation in September 2012.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

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“The 2016 Updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Are You Ready?” January 19, 2016

About the Webinar

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the changes to the Federal Rules. It will focus on the practical impact of these changes on legal processes and provide best practices for updating forms.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Bruce Flowers, Esq. practices in the Litigation, Environmental, Energy, Construction and Insurance Sections, and has significant experience drafting contracts and litigating contractual disputes. For more than 20 years, Mr. Flowers has aggressively represented clients in prosecuting and defending against claims in both state and federal courts, and in a diverse number of matters.

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“Avoiding the $1.5 Billion Mistake: Article 9 Lessons Learned from the GM Bankruptcy” January 13, 2016

About the Webinar

This program will describe the basics for (i) perfecting a security interest, and (ii) terminating a security interest. Mr. Petersen will use the GM bankruptcy fiasco as an example of what NOT to do. He will describe how to attach a security interest. If you don't do that, perfecting a security interest is meaningless (you can't perfect what you don't have). Then he will discuss how to perfect a security interest. Almost always it is filing a financing statement, but it can vary depending on the collateral. Finally, Mr. Petersen will discuss how to terminate the security interest -- facially simplistic, but excessive simplicity cost a consortium of lenders led by JP Morgan $1.5 billion.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Don Petersen, Esq. is a Harvard Law School graduate. He began teaching economics at Harvard when he was only 24, but has now developed a passion for teaching Secured Transactions. He is an adjunct professor at SMU's Dedman School of Law, and was two-time Professor-of-the-Year while a Tenured Law Professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, the largest law school in the country -- in name and student enrollment. He is about to complete his 10th yearly update for a Secured Transactions treatise published by West, and West will publish his own treatise in 2017. He is currently business lawyer at Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C.

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“The Marriage Equality Decision and What it Means for You” December 9, 2015

About the Webinar

Paralegals and law firms who represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered clients cannot miss this CLE! This course offers the latest tips, tools, and updates on new and quickly evolving LGBT legal issues since marriage equality decision in June 2015. The CLE will address what the decision means for you and your clients, emerging legal issues that will result from the decision and how to spot issues in your daily practice when you represent LGBT clients. Topics include the decision’s impact on retroactivity, common law marriage, community property and parentage presumptions, civil unions and domestic registered partnerships, divorce, gender identity, employment discrimination, estate planning and probate, alternative dispute resolution and religious exemptions.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Shelly L. Skeen of BFS Law Group practices primarily in the areas of complex commercial litigation, representing businesses across the country in disputes in state and federal trial courts, appellate courts and in arbitrations. After graduating from law school magna cum laude, Shelly began her law practice as a Briefing Attorney for a Texas State Appellate Court of Appeals, where she clerked for one year.

Shelly has been a certified mediator since 2001, earned a Diploma in International Arbitration, and has achieved a “Fellow” designation from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), making her one of less than 475 lawyers in the U.S. holding the Fellow designation.

Shelly also handles probate and estate planning for individuals and families, including LGBT individuals and familes.

Shelly employs a practical, problem-solving approach to her practice. She believes the client and the client’s priorities come first, and that her job is to listen to her clients and then to provide cost-effective legal advice to resolve her clients’ disputes quickly and efficiently.

Shelly has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, appeared and argued successfully before the Texas Supreme Court, appeared and argued before the 5th in New Orleans and the 6th Circuit Courts of Appeals in Ohio, and several Texas Appellate Courts.

Shelly is the former Chair of the LGBT Law Section for the State of Texas, is a current member of the Council, is the President of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, and is a Board Member of the LGBT Coalition for Aging.   Shelly is also frequent speaker and author and is adjunct faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, where she teaches trial skills to lawyers.

Shelly is active in the local community where she performs volunteer work, teaches business law as an adjunct instructor, and serves as an assistant city prosecutor. Shelly loves nature, golf, and tennis.  But she particularly likes spending down time with friends and family.

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“Immigration Law The Fundamentals” September 18, 2015

About the Webinar

  1. Brief History of Immigration Law
    • Major Players in this Game
  2. Nonimmigrant Visa Status ~ The Temporary Track
    • Alphabet Soup of Categories
  3. Immigrant Visa Status ~ The Permanent Track – "The Road to a Greencard"
    • Employment Route
    • Family Route
  4. Citizenship – The Brass Ring
    • Jus Soli and Jus Sanguinis
    • Naturalization
  5. The Paralegal's Role

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Sabrina D. Henry is a Senior Immigration Specialist at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. She possesses over 15 years of experience as a paralegal with a specialization in immigration law. She was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York. In addition, she participated in a student-exchange program at the University of Ghana at Legon, where she studied Women's Involvement in Economic Development. She is also pursuing a Master's degree in Instructional Technology. 

Sabrina currently serves as Vice President of the Georgia Association of Paralegals, Inc. ("GAP") and the Primary Georgia Representative for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations ("NFPA").  She has served on GAP's Board since 2011. She is also an instructor in the Paralegal Program at the College of Professional and Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University, where she facilitates the Fundamentals of Immigration Law for Paralegals. She also speaks at seminars and conferences on the paralegal’s role in immigration law, the paralegal profession, and leadership. Sabrina is an incessant educator as she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others and imparting her love, interest, and fascination with immigration law. 

Prior to her paralegal career, Sabrina was a High School Business Technology Teacher with the New York City Board of Education and was very much involved in incorporating technology throughout the core curriculum. Sabrina is happily married and has two young sons.

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“Elder Law” February 11, 2015

  • Define and summarize the legal and ethical issues facing the elderly and their lawyers
  • Interpret and analyze the problem of age and disability discrimination
  • Understand methods of retirement planning
  • Understand government programs (such as Social Security and SSI), private pensions, and Individual Retirement Accounts
  • Differentiate between the legal devices designed to assist with property: powers of attorney, joint ownership, agency accounts, and inter vivos trusts
  • Define guardianships, which can be of the person or of the estate
  • Recognize concerns with elder abuse, which can be physical, emotional, or financial
  • Define and understand health care solutions, which is a major concern for most older people
  • Examine the relevant government programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid), the need for Medigap or long-term care insurance
  • Describe the use of living wills, powers of attorney, and surrogacy statutes to preserve or delegate medical decisions in the face of incapacity
  • Discuss issues pertaining to housing, including the regulation of nursing homes and the rise of assisted living facilities
  • Understand end-of-life issues: viatical settlements, anatomical donations, and the right to die

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Dianna L. Noyes, RP®, M.S. has worked for 23 years as a paralegal in the areas of family law, probate and estate planning, business and social security. Ms. Noyes is a member of the Sacramento Valley Paralegal Assn., the American Association for Paralegal Education, and the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations, a past NFPA Region I Director and President. She has published three paralegal text books and was an item-writer and contributor to both the PCCE and PACE exams and study manuals. She has taught Family Law, Introduction to the Paralegal Profession, Elder Law, Estates & Probate and numerous CLE courses.

She currently has personal experience in the area of Elder Law as the primary caregiver for her 84 year-old Mother who has Alzheimer ’s disease.

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“Social Security Disability - The Basics” January 29, 2015

This seminar will cover the types of disability benefits available through the Social Security program and the applicable criteria for eligibility.  The seminar will introduce attendees to the Five Step Sequential Evaluation that SSA uses to determine whether an individual is disabled and eligible for benefits.  The Seminar will touch upon the Medical Listings and introduce attendees to Medical Vocational Guidelines (aka Grid Rules).  The seminar will explain the procedural stages of a claim for benefits from application through appeal to federal court and their respective time frames and deadlines for appeal.  Finally, the seminar will touch upon how other related claims for benefits may or may not impact eligibility for Social Security Disability Benefits such as worker’s compensation, VA Disability Benefits and Long Term Disability Benefit Payments.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Regina Walker is a solo practitioner representing individuals and small businesses in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases.  She also represents claimants before the Social Security Administration and engages in appellate practice in Federal District Court on disability matters.  Ms. Walker was formerly an Associate Attorney with a high volume law firm in Buffalo, New York for over 17 years where she represented thousands of bankruptcy and disability clients residing all over Western New York.

Ms. Walker received her BA from SUNY at Potsdam in 1992 and obtained her law degree from Albany Law School of Union University in 1995.  She is admitted to practice in New York including the United States Bankruptcy Court and District Court for the Western District of New York.  She is a member of the Erie County Bar Association, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and National Association of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives.  Ms. Walker has previously served as a speaker on the topics of bankruptcy and social security disability in continuing legal education programs sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association, the Western New York Paralegal Association, National Business Institute, and the Erie County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Project.  Ms. Walker has also appeared on television and radio discussing bankruptcy and social security disability topics. 

Ms. Walker has also been an active participant in the Erie County Bar Associations’ Volunteer Lawyer’s Program for over 17 years.  In November 1999 and again in November, 2007 she was the recipient of the Erie County VLP Pro Bono Award for bankruptcy.  Ms. Walker was also the recipient of the 2000 New York States Bar Association’s President’s Pro Bono Service in the Eight Judicial District for her contribution in representing indigent clients. 

Ms. Walker resides in Amherst, NY with her husband and two children.

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“Locating and Retaining Expert Witnesses” December 17, 2014

In this webinar Ms. Hindin-King will discuss some useful resources to locate expert witnesses, developing a checklist for retaining an expert witness and the importance of a confidentiality agreement or protective order.  In addition, factors to be discussed with the expert witness when they are retained.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Debra Hindin-King is a litigation paralegal for the law firm of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, LLP in Denver, Colorado.  She has 24 years of experience as a paralegal in commercial litigation with an emphasis in contract, oil and gas and environmental law.  She has extensive case management experience in both federal and state courts from the initial filing through discovery, trial, post-trial motions and appeal.  She has substantial experience with case management using the latest technological advances including different software document management databases and imaging software programs. 

Ms. Hindin-King’s litigation experience includes interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting routine pleadings, summarizing and evaluating documents including transcripts, exhibits and contracts, analysis of documents related to privilege issues, legal research, preparing for and assisting at mediations, arbitrations and trials.

Ms. Hindin-King is the past Region II Director, Strategic Planning Coordinator and Technology Coordinator of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA).  She currently serves as the NFPA Leadership Training Coordinator.  She also has held various leadership roles including president of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (RMPA).

In 2004, Debra received the RMPA Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award and in 2006 received the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award for the City and County of Denver.

In 2009, she received the NFPA Paralegal of the Year Award and was most recently honored as the recipient of the prestigious 2013 William R. Robie National Leadership Award by NFPA.  She has also been profiled in 2010 in Law Technology News.

Ms. Hindin-King is a frequent writer, local and national speaker on computerized litigation support and utilization of paralegals for legal professionals.

Ms. Hindin-King has B.A. degree from Colorado Women’s College, M.M.E. degree from University of Colorado and a paralegal certificate from the University of Colorado – Denver.

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“Patent Law” August 21, 2014

An introduction to U.S. patent law, formalities associated with filing patent applications, the applicant’s duty of disclosure, patent ownership, and maintaining patent rights.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Charles Rauch's practice covers all aspects of patent, trademark, and design law, with a particular focus on U.S. and international patent prosecution and enforcement, transactional IP diligence and licensing, patent validity and infringement opinions, and competitive analysis.  Charlie represents a variety of domestic and international clients in the mechanical, electromechanical, and electrical arts. 

Education:
B.S., with distinction, interdisciplinary engineering and management, Clarkson University
J.D., cum laude, University of New Hampshire School of Law (Franklin Pierce Law Center)
LL.M., with highest honors, intellectual property law, The George Washington University Law School

Bar Associations:
Erie County, American Intellectual Property Law Association

Admissions:
New York
Massachusetts
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Other Experience:
Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Charlie worked in the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.  Before attending law school, he worked as an engineer in IBM’s 300mm semiconductor fabrication facility and an engineering and environmental consulting firm.

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“Intellectual Property Law - Trademark Basics” July 17, 2014

An overview and explanation of:

  • the procedure and requirements for preparing and filing different types of applications in the US (e.g., intent-to-use v. use in commerce, among others);
  • applicable maintenance and renewal filings for registered marks and the significance of required declaration language;
  • the importance of specimens and common issues associated with them; and
  • assignment, recordation, and chain of title issues.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Daniel Dovi focuses his intellectual property practice primarily on trademark,   IP transactions, and franchise law. His practice includes trademark clearance, selection, and prosecution; conducting IP due diligence for corporate transactions; drafting and advising on IP contracts, such as license and assignment agreements, asset purchase agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and related matters; and advising on IP enforcement mechanisms, including UDRP complaints, cease and desist letters, and IP litigation. Daniel also has experience in the areas of copyright and false advertising law, and provides counseling on franchising and general business transactions.

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“Useful Discovery for Trial” May 21, 2014

Mindi Schaefer will present “Useful Discovery for Trial”. Topics to be discussed will include, venue of a court case, Requests for Admissions, Requests for Production and Interrogatories. Also, Ms. Schaefer will present techniques for organizing documents, tracking witnesses and advantages/disadvantages of a Litigation vs. Chronological Notebook.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Mindi Schaefer, MS, RP, OSBA, AACP is a Lead Paralegal and Marketing Specialist at Poling Law. Ms. Schaefer participates in various types of litigation cases in the areas of medical malpractice, dental malpractice, professional liability, general liability, governmental entity liability, business planning, and business disputes. She handles all aspects of the legal process including investigation, discovery, file management, and trial preparation. Through her work at Poling Law, Ms. Schaefer works closely with clients, counsel, and the legal community to illustrate the firm’s belief in “Results | Service | Relationships.” Through her paralegal education and experience, she provides real life experience, knowledge, and training to paralegal student externs and new junior paralegals to aide in their growth as paralegals. To facilitate their growth, she promotes the efficient and optimal utilization of paralegals, encourages further continuing legal education, and coordinates paralegal work-flow. Ms. Schaefer graduated from Sinclair Community College (Dayton) with an Associate degree of Applied Science, in legal assisting, in 1999; from Wright State University (Dayton) with a Bachelor of Arts degree, in political science, in 2006; and from Franklin University (Columbus) with a Masters in Communication & Marketing degree in 2011. She obtained her OSBA Paralegal Certification in 2010, her American Alliance of Paralegals Certification in 2011, and her PACE Registered Paralegal certification in 2013. Her professional affiliations include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Notary Public for the State of Ohio, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, the American Alliance of Paralegals, the Organization of Legal Professionals, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Cleveland Association of Paralegal, the Columbus Bar Association, the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio, the Miami-Jacobs Career College Advisory Board, the Columbus Young Professionals Club, the Legal Marketing Association, and Social Media Club of Columbus. Also, Ms. Schaefer lectures at surrounding universities and colleges on the topics of paralegals in the legal field, paralegal education, litigation practices, and the importance of mentoring and networking. She has participated in the following PACO Committees: Public Relations, Bylaws, Pro Bono, Newsletter, and Paralegal Day. In addition, she created the Mentoring Program and OSBA Paralegal Certification Study Group committees.

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“Write to the Point: Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say” April 24, 2014

Write to the Point: Say What You Mean; Mean What You Say

  1. Know Your Audience
  2. The 5Ws of Writing
  3. Be Clear, Concise and Organized
  4. Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Proofreading
  5. Fact check and credit sources
  6. Types of Legal Documents
  7. Your Writing Reflects You
  8. Questions

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Mianne Besser works in the litigation group at Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti as they represent business and real estate clients in litigation, bankruptcy and land use matters. The group’s practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial litigation, and Mianne contributes her 18 years of experience as a litigation paralegal. Mianne is currently serving as president of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (RMPA). Mianne has a Paralegal Certificate from Denver Paralegal Institute (1996) and a B.A., Management and Business Administration, University of Phoenix, Colorado Campus (1993).

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“Bankruptcy Basics” March 26, 2014

Ms. Walker will present an overview of the structure of the bankruptcy code, the role of the United States Trustee and Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 bankruptcies, concentrating on personal bankruptcy.  She will discuss what debts are dischargeable, exemptions and objections to discharge.  Also, she will discuss communications with the client and ethical considerations in a bankruptcy case.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Regina A. Walker, Esq. is currently a solo bankruptcy practitioner representing individuals and small businesses in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases.  She also represents claimants before the Social Security Administration and engages in appellate practice in Federal District Court.  Ms. Walker was formerly with Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, where for over 17 years, she assisted thousands of clients residing all over Western New York.

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“Basics of Corporate Structure” March 6, 2014

Cherylan Shearer will present the Basics of Corporate Structure including differences between Corporations and Limited Liability Companies. Learn what information is needed to set up a corporation and a limited liability company including compliance with state laws.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Cherylan Shearer is a corporate paralegal at the law firm of Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP in Goshen, Indiana. She has been with the firm for 20 years and received her paralegal certificate with honors in June 1999 from Indiana University at South Bend. She primarily works with the initial set up of organizations including for-profit, not-for-profit, and limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions, and maintaining record books for approximately 600 corporate clients of the firm. Cherylan is also a member of the Paralegal Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, and has been a member of the Michiana Paralegal Association since 1999. While a member of her local Association, she has served as Membership Chair for several years, served on its Board of Directors, and before becoming Region III Director served as Primary of her Association since 2006. She currently is the President of her local Association. Since 2009, she has taught two seminars to the paralegal students taking the Business Organization class at the Indiana University at South Bend. She was also awarded the Michiana Paralegal of the Year for 2010.

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“Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Compliance Violations in a Global Enterprise” January 8, 2014

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Mike LeClair is an in-house compliance attorney with a publicly traded, international company, where he focuses on helping the company comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and it international equivalents, as well as other laws that regulate the behavior of companies. In this capacity, Mike successfully navigated his company through the final two years of an independent compliance monitorship pursuant to FCPA related settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has experience building compliance programs and has travelled throughout North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe to provide compliance related counsel.

Mike graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in English, and then was awarded an academic scholarship to attend Campbell University School of Law, where he was a Webster Scholar. Mike is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

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“A Paralegal’s Guide to Client Communications Using Both Ethical and Practical Approaches” December 5, 2013

In most law offices, paralegals are usually the people on the “front lines” when it comes to client interaction. So, effective client communication skills are imperative for a paralegal’s professional growth and success. This one hour webinar contains both ethical, and, even more importantly, practical tips on how to better communicate with clients. Hone your skills on setting guidelines for client contact expectations, dealing with clients in crisis and angry clients, and how to solve the eternal game of “phone tag.” Also learn from a lawyer who’s owned his own law business for 20 years how to get your supervising attorney to “help you, help him/her” to give you the “buy in” that you need to create better communication practices.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

Andrew J. Garcia, co-founder and managing partner of Phillips¦Garcia in Dartmouth, MA, has been a practicing attorney since 1991. He focuses his practice on: consumer rights; serious personal injury; plaintiff’s civil litigation; estate and probate litigation; and corporate advice to small business. He has appeared on MSNBC, FOXNews and local news broadcasts, and his firm’s cases have been featured in many publications, including the New York Times. Mr. Garcia is an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University Law School, and annually lectures law school graduates and attorneys preparing for the Rhode Island bar exam through the Thomson Reuters¦BARBRI Bar Review Program.

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“Using Public Records for Fact Finding & Investigating” November 5, 2013

This presentation will focus on research strategies and resources available when you are fact-finding during the discovery phase. She will discuss the underlying methodology to the investigative research process, and discuss innovative public records tools that are available for critical information-gathering.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

About the Speaker

S. Jennifer Mannino is the Director of Investigations of Subrosa Investigations. Her specialization is in domestic and international intelligence gathering, and she oversees full cycle investigations in support of commercial lending institutions, alternative investment groups, and law firms.

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“Expert Depositions: Everything You Need to Know; How to Schedule and Prepare; Take or Defend it; and use Effectively at Trial” October 23, 2013

Expert witnesses can make or break a case.   Handling them in the course of litigation is very important.  This webinar will address the mechanics of procedural matters as well as substantive matters associated with experts depositions.   Critical issues pertaining to these matters will be addressed.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

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“Who, What, Where, When and Why? How to Improve Your Interview Skills Past the 5Ws” August 9, 2013

Seasoned Investigator and Interviewer Dan Perez shares critical elements to a comprehensive interview. Mr. Perez will introduce behavior-provoking questions to break through resistant interviewees, and demonstrate how to structure interviews effectively past the 5Ws.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

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“Digital Evidence: Find It, Harvest It and Use It” July 25, 2013

Digital evidence is quickly becoming the number one source of evidence in discovery.  As more corporations, government agencies and businesses in general create the majority of their communications and business information electronically, the legal profession has to learn to adjust and utilize this information.  Business Week, in its annual business survey, revealed that 95% of all the information created by businesses, regardless of size, is in electronic form.

Individuals are no different.  It is estimated that since 2010, we sent more email, text messages and tweets and Facebooked more than we used the phone.  Some studies suggest even more than we verbally communicated.

The judiciary is keenly aware of this, and among other things, has amended the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) to reflect this paradigm shift in how legal professionals handle this abundant electronic evidence.

There is plenty of information out there on the FRCP, pre-discovery planning and how to produce digital evidence, and many vendors that do so, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  The real trials and tribulations of dealing with digital evidence lie in understanding how to identify relevant ESI, where it’s located, how to harvest it, and how to effectively use it.  And that’s what we will touch on today.

This webinar is worth 1 CLE credit.

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“NFPA Model Code of Ethics” June 26, 2013

In May 1993 NFPA adopted its Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility ("Model Code") to delineate the principles for ethics and conduct to which every paralegal should aspire.

Many paralegal associations throughout the United States have endorsed the concept and content of NFPA's Model Code through the adoption of their own ethical codes. In doing so, paralegals have confirmed the profession's commitment to increase the quality and efficiency of legal services, as well as recognized its responsibilities to the public, the legal community, and colleagues.

Paralegals have recognized, and will continue to recognize, that the profession must continue to evolve to enhance their roles in the delivery of legal services. With increased levels of responsibility comes the need to define and enforce mandatory rules of professional conduct. Enforcement of codes of paralegal conduct is a logical and necessary step to enhance and ensure the confidence of the legal community and the public in the integrity and professional responsibility of paralegals.

In April 1997 NFPA adopted the Model Disciplinary Rules ("Model Rules") to make possible the enforcement of the Canons and Ethical Considerations contained in the NFPA Model Code. A concurrent determination was made that the Model Code of Ethics
 and Professional Responsibility, formerly aspirational in nature, should be recognized as setting forth the enforceable obligations of all paralegals.

Come learn how The Model Code and Model Rules offer a framework for professional discipline, either voluntarily or through formal regulatory programs.

This webinar is worth 1 Ethics CLE credit.

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“The Reality of Retrieval: Getting Records from Around the Country.” May 22, 2013

Whether the office is that of sole practitioner or large corporate firm, retrieving records pertinent to the case is a time consuming task wrought with pitfalls and possible delays that can easily derail the litigation timeline costing the client trust, time and money.

The Reality of Record Retrieval: Getting Records from Around the Country, presented by the experts at T-Scan Corporation where efficiency and timeliness are critical business elements, details the questions and answers participants need to quickly and efficiently navigate the many pitfalls of document discovery. T-Scan Corporation retrieves over 60,000 records a year, produces 4 million documents or images and stores over 3 terabytes of information.

The Reality of Record Retrieval: Getting Records from Around the Country introduces to those just entering the world of litigation the questions to ask before retrieving records that may be protected under law, hard to locate, or difficult to obtain while offering the experienced individual proven strategies to gather, store and investigate thousands of documents with as little labor or technological cost as possible.

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