William R Newman
Title: University Professor & President of Barristers Educational Services
Firm/Company: The University of Southern Mississippi
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Billy Newman practiced law full-time for many years and now devotes the bulk of his time as a full-time professor at The University of Southern Mississippi. Billy founded Barristers in 1994. His years of law practice and his academic duties at the University contribute to the innovative Barristers approach to CLE. He is also the originator of the "Trivia Challenge," the popular trivia contests that are a staple at every live Barristers seminar.
Billy began his career in Jackson, Mississippi at Thomas, Price, Alston, Jones and Davis, where he led an active practice in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, business entities, Wills and estates, and general business law.
Billy received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from The University of Southern Mississippi where he was inducted into the University Hall of Fame and where he received the coveted "Silver Bowl Award for the Top Graduating Scholar." He then earned his law degree at the University of Mississippi School of Law where he was an Eastland Scholar, Articles Editor of the law review, a member of the National Moot Court Team, and president of the student body.
Billy is the proud father of two sons. Oldest son Will is a graduate and Presidential Scholar of Tulane University and of the graduate school at The University of Southern Mississippi. Proficient in several languages, Will has worked as a teacher in Chengdu, China, and in Melbourne, Australia. He is now the English Language Coordinator for a public school district. Billy's younger son Sam graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi, and later graduated cum laude from the Mississippi College School of Law. Sam began his private law practice in September 2020. Nonetheless, Sam, an accomplished musician and perfomer, still takes time to perform with his band, Mississippi Moonlight, across the South. Billy lives in Hattiesburg with his wife, Charissa (a licensed professional counselor), and their Jack Russell terrier, Winnie.
Upcoming In-Person Seminars at Barristers
Top 10 New Developments in Law Practice for 2021
Date/Location: July 28th, 2021 at 8:30 am Central in Jackson, MS
An all-new 2021 edition of our annual look at some of the biggest new trends in the law & law practice!
On-Demand Courses Taught at Barristers
"Elementary" CLE: Lessons in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Ethics Inspired by Sherlock Holmes
An innovative 1-hour discussion of Mental Health Awareness and Substance Abuse Issues for Lawyers (and the ethics issues they trigger). Lessons inspired by Sherlock Holmes!
"Ripped from the Headlines:" Lessons in Copyrights & Trademarks from Recent High-Profile Cases
An intensely interesting discussion of recent high-profile cases that illustrate the importance of copyrights & trademarks in everyday law practice.
25 Fast Tips for Legal Research & Legal Writing: A 6-hour On-Demand Seminar
A recording of our 6-hour Live Webcast that offers 25 "quick fixes" to improve the quality of your legal research and drafting. Includes 1 hour of ethics.
ARK - Wills, Estates, Real Estate, & Business Law: 2021 Recent Developments in Arkansas Law
The Wills/Estates, Real Estate, & Business Law segments from our annual Recent Developments in Arkansas Law course.
Basic Wills & Trusts Drafting: A 6-hour On-Demand Seminar
A recording of our 6-hour Live Webcast that provides very basic step-by-step instructions on the nuts & bolts of drafting a Will or basic trust. Includes 100-page book of forms! Also includes 1 hour of ethics.
Basic Wills Drafting, Part I
This practical one hour course is designed to acquaint lawyers of all backgrounds with the fundamental nuts and bolts of drafting a simple Will for a client. NOTE: The content in this 1-hour course is replicated in our 6-Hour "Basic Wills & Trust Dra
Basic Wills Drafting, Part II
A practical one hour course picking up where Part I left off in a discussion of basic Wills drafting. NOTE: The content of this course is repeated in our 6-Hour course entitled "Basic Wills & Trusts Drafting: A 6-Hour On-Demand Course."
Contract Drafting Basics, Part 1: Boilerplate Provisions
Part 1 of this very practical series of courses offers several pointers for avoiding problems that can arise from overlooking the standard "boilerplate" provisions in a typical contract.
Ephemeral Evidence: The Challenge of Disappearing Communications
A look at the emerging law on how to deal with evidence that, by its nature, disappears soon after its creation (including Snapchat and other disappearing message apps).
Ethics Issues in Wills Drafting & Estate Planning
A discussion of the surprising array of ethics dilemmas that can arise from the routine preparation of a Will or other estate planning documents for clients. Available for viewing starting July 3, 2021.
Great Trials in History, Part 1
A fun -- but practical -- way to earn your CLE hours! Billy Newman looks at centuries of great trials and demonstrates that these historic cases can teach us a lot about good lawyering today.
Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney in Estate Planning
A comprehensive review of the various health-care related documents that usually should accompany the preparation of a Last Will & Testament. Available for viewing starting July 3, 2021.
Lawyer Ethics in a Pandemic or Other Disaster
A discussion of the surprising ethics challenges that lawyers face when they and their clients face the major disruptions of a pandemic, hurricane, or other disaster.
Litigator's Toolkit #1: The Art of Negotiation
The first installment in a new series of practical, bite-sized courses on essential and innovative skills for litigators (both Plaintiff and Defense). This segment looks at the art of negotiation.
Litigator's Toolkit #2: More on Negotiation
This second installment in the practical "Litigator's Toolkit" series of courses continues a practical discussion on the art of negotiation for lawyers.
Motions in Limine
An examination of an often under-utilized litigation tool - the motion in limine. Includes an overview of the general law governing them and their various strategic uses in the courtroom.
MS - Family Law: 2021 Recent Developments in Mississippi Law
The Family Law segment of our 27th annual Recent Developments in Mississippi Law course. Available for viewing starting July 3, 2021.
MS - Wills, Estates, & Business Law: 2021 Recent Developments in Mississippi Law
The Wills, Estates, Real Estate, & Business Law segment of our 27th annual Recent Developments in Mississippi Law course. Available for viewing starting July 3, 2021.
Prenuptial Agreements: What Famous People Can Teach Us
The divorce court experiences of a half-dozen celebrities provide the lesson plan for general practitioners on the drafting of effective prenuptial agreements.
Presidential Ethics: Lessons for Lawyers from the White House & Its Past Occupants
An innovative CLE ethics hour: Billy Newman offers a fascinating glimpse into little-known aspects of the lives and careers of many of our former Presidents. From these anecdotes he gleans ethics lessons.
Recent Developments in Federal Law - 2020
Our annual review of significant new case law, statutes, regulations, and court rules at the federal level (through the end of the Supreme Court term in June 2020).
Recent Headlines in Intellectual Property Law
A sequel to our popular "Ripped from the Headlines" course. This newest installment looks at the valuable lessons to be derived from recent high-profile cases involving copyrights, trademarks, and patents.
TN - Wills, Estates, & Business Law: 2020 Recent Developments in Tennessee Law
The Wills, Estates, Real Estate, & Business Law segment of our annual Recent Developments in Tennessee Law course. Available for viewing starting December 12, 2020.
Top Copyright & Trademark Law Headlines of 2020-2021
Billy Newman's latest fast-paced look at recent developments in intellectual property law - presented with general practitioners in mind! Available for viewing starting July 3, 2021.
Trade Secrets, Patents, and Unfair Competition: Basics for General Practitioners
A fundamental look at the often-perplexing world of patents, trade secrets, and unfair competition law -- taught from the perspective of a non-specialist.
Trial Graphics: Reaching Millennial Jurors, and More - Part 1
The first installment of a 2-part series on new standards and techniques for designing graphics and demonstrative aids that work effectively with today's tech-savvy jurors.
Trial Graphics: Reaching Millennial Jurors, and More - Part 2
The second installment of a 2-part series on new standards and techniques for designing graphics and demonstrative aids that work effectively with today's tech-savvy jurors.