About William R Newman

William R Newman

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 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, 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 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 the graduate school at The University of Southern Mississippi. Proficient in several languages, Will has worked as a teacher in Chengdu, China, and is now teaching in Melbourne, Australia.  Billy's younger son Sam graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi, and is now a first-year law student!  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, and their Jack Russell terrier, Winnie.


Upcoming In-Person Seminars at Barristers

Courtroom Skills and Strategies

Date/Location: December 17th, 2018 at 8:30 am Central in Nashville, TN

Improve Your Courtroom Skills & Strategies with this 7-hour In-Person Seminar! Includes 2 hours of ethics.

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Recent Developments in Tennessee Law

Date/Location: December 28th, 2018 at 8:30 am Central in Nashville, TN

7 Hours of CLE Credit! Fast-paced "Year-in-Review" course - A look at new case law, new statutes, and emerging trends in 14 different areas of law.

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Basic Wills & Trusts Drafting in Mississippi

Date/Location: July 11th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Jackson, MS

A fundamental, step-by-step look at the "nuts & bolts" of drafting basic Wills and trusts for clients. Includes 100-page book of forms! Our most popular course since 1994!

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Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

Date/Location: July 12th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Natchez, MS

Mississippi's most comprehensive "update" CLE course - now in its 25th year!

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Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

Date/Location: July 17th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Hattiesburg, MS

Mississippi's most comprehensive "update" CLE course - now in its 25th year!

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Courtroom Skills and Strategies

Date/Location: July 18th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Jackson, MS

Improve Your Courtroom Skills & Strategies with this 6-hour Seminar! Includes ethics.

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Top 10 New Developments in Law Practice for 2019

Date/Location: July 19th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Gulfport, MS

An ALL-NEW 2019 edition of our annual look at some of the biggest new trends in the law & law practice!

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Business Law Update

Date/Location: July 22nd, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Jackson, MS

A fast-paced 6-hour In-Person seminar in Jackson that looks at many recent developments of interest to transactional lawyers. Includes ethics.

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Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

Date/Location: July 23rd, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Clarksdale, MS

Mississippi's most comprehensive "update" CLE course - now in its 25th year!

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Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

Date/Location: July 24th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Oxford, MS

Mississippi's most comprehensive "update" CLE course - now in its 25th year!

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Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

Date/Location: July 25th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Starkville, MS

Mississippi's most comprehensive "update" CLE course - now in its 25th year!

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Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

Date/Location: July 26th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Gulfport, MS

Mississippi's most comprehensive "update" CLE course - now in its 25th year!

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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

Date/Location: July 27th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Jackson, MS

A special Saturday seminar! This innovative CLE experience presents practical lessons from 75 years of great "lawyer" movies !

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Top 10 New Developments in Law Practice for 2019

Date/Location: July 29th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Oxford, MS

An all-new 2019 edition of our annual look at some of the biggest new trends in the law & law practice!

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Top 10 New Developments in Law Practice for 2019

Date/Location: July 30th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Jackson, MS

An all-new 2019 edition of our annual look at some of the biggest new trends in the law & law practice!

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Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

Date/Location: July 31st, 2019 at 8:30 am Central in Jackson, MS

Mississippi's most comprehensive "update" CLE course - now in its 25th year!

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Upcoming Live Webcast Seminars at Barristers

Drones: The Law Governing Them

Date/Location: December 18th, 2018 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-Hour Live Online Webcast that provides an in-depth look at the rapidly emerging law governing the use of drones by hobbyists, business owners, and the government.

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Lessons for Lawyers from the History Books

Date/Location: December 19th, 2018 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast that Earns You Practical CLE Credit in the Midst of Fascinating History Lessons! Includes ethics.

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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

Date/Location: December 20th, 2018 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast of this Innovative CLE Experience -- Practical lessons from 75 years of great "lawyer" movies !

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Courtroom Skills and Strategies

Date/Location: December 21st, 2018 at 8:30 am Central

Improve Your Courtroom Skills & Strategies with this 6-hour Webcast!

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Ethics Lessons from 3 Hit Movies: Forrest Gump, Tombstone & Apollo 13

Date/Location: December 26th, 2018 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-hour Live Webcast that uses clips from 3 popular movies to memorably illustrate important points about ethics and mental health for lawyers.

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Recent Developments in Alabama Law

Date/Location: December 27th, 2018 at 8:30 am Central

6-Hour Live Webcast version of this "Year-in-Review" update course. A fast-paced review of new law in 13 different areas of practice. Includes ethics

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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

Date/Location: December 29th, 2018 at 8:30 am Central

A special Saturday broadcast of this 6-Hour Live Webcast. An Innovative CLE Experience -- Practical lessons from 75 years of great "lawyer" movies !

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Top 10 New Developments in Law Practice for 2018

Date/Location: December 31st, 2018 at 8:30 am Central

6-Hour Live Webcast. An all-new 2018 edition of our annual look at some of the biggest new trends in the law & law practice!

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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

Date/Location: January 25th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast of this Innovative CLE Experience -- Film clips from two dozen "lawyer" movies provide practical lessons in good lawyering! The clips cover 80 years of movie history, including several recent hits.

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Drones: The Law Governing Them

Date/Location: February 20th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-Hour Live Online Webcast that provides an in-depth look at the rapidly emerging law governing the use of drones by hobbyists, business owners, and the government.

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Courtroom Skills and Strategies

Date/Location: February 22nd, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

Improve Your Courtroom Skills & Strategies with this 6-hour Webcast!

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Ethics Lessons from 3 Hit Movies: Forrest Gump, Tombstone & Apollo 13

Date/Location: February 25th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-hour Live Webcast that uses clips from 3 popular movies to memorably illustrate important points about ethics and mental health for lawyers.

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Top 10 New Developments in Law Practice for 2018

Date/Location: February 26th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

6-Hour Live Webcast. An all-new 2018 edition of our annual look at some of the biggest new trends in the law & law practice!

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Basic Wills & Trusts Drafting

Date/Location: February 27th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast seminar on the practical nuts & bolts of drafting basic Wills. Includes 100 pages of Will and trust forms!

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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

Date/Location: February 28th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast of this Innovative CLE Experience -- Practical lessons from 75 years of great "lawyer" movies !

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Patents, Trademarks, & Copyrights: "Ripped from the Headlines" - Lessons for General Practitioners from Celebrity Cases

Date/Location: March 27th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Seminar via Webcast. A surprisingly interesting introduction to intellectual property law as it affects general law practice.

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Ethics of Time Management for Lawyers

Date/Location: March 29th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

The ethics rules on diligence and competence command lawyers to be good at juggling 1001 tasks! Here's a practical look at getting organized and getting things done (without sacrificing your sanity!).

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Digital Assets in Estate Planning

Date/Location: April 26th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-Hour Live Webcast that looks at the new law on how to deal with online accounts, digital photos & music, and other digital assets when drafting a Will or probating an estate.

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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

Date/Location: May 29th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast of this Innovative CLE Experience -- Film clips from two dozen "lawyer" movies provide practical lessons in good lawyering! The clips cover 80 years of movie history, including several recent hits.

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"Ripped from the Headlines:" Copyright & Trademark Lessons from High-Profile Cases

Date/Location: May 31st, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-hour live webcast that offers an intensely interesting discussion of recent high-profile cases that illustrate the importance of copyrights & trademarks in everyday law practice!

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Digital Assets in Estate Planning

Date/Location: June 7th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-Hour Live Webcast that looks at the new law on how to deal with online accounts, digital photos & music, and other digital assets when drafting a Will or probating an estate.

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Drones: The Law Governing Them

Date/Location: June 12th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-Hour Live Online Webcast that provides an in-depth look at the rapidly emerging law governing the use of drones by hobbyists, business owners, and the government.

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e-Discovery: The Ultimate Guide

Date/Location: June 13th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

An ALL-NEW 3-hour Live Webcast that sets out the essentials of conducting thorough discovery of electronically stored information.

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"Ripped from the Headlines:" Copyright & Trademark Lessons from High-Profile Cases

Date/Location: June 14th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

A 3-hour live webcast that offers an intensely interesting discussion of recent high-profile cases that illustrate the importance of copyrights & trademarks in everyday law practice!

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Ethics of Time Management for Lawyers

Date/Location: June 19th, 2019 at 1:00 pm Central

The ethics rules on diligence and competence command lawyers to be good at juggling 1001 tasks! Here's a practical look at getting organized and getting things done (without sacrificing your sanity!).

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Business Law Update

Date/Location: June 20th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A fast-paced 6-hour Live Webcast that looks at many recent developments of interest to transactional lawyers.

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Basic Wills & Trusts Drafting

Date/Location: June 21st, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast seminar on the practical nuts & bolts of drafting basic Wills. Includes 100 pages of Will and trust forms!

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Courtroom Skills and Strategies

Date/Location: June 25th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

Improve Your Courtroom Skills & Strategies with this 6-hour Webcast!

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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

Date/Location: June 26th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast of this Innovative CLE Experience -- Film clips from two dozen "lawyer" movies provide practical lessons in good lawyering! The clips cover 80 years of movie history, including several recent hits.

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Recent Developments in Arkansas Law

Date/Location: June 27th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Seminar: "Year in Review" Update Course

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Top 10 New Developments in Law Practice for 2019

Date/Location: June 28th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

6-Hour Live Webcast. An all-new 2019 edition of our annual look at some of the biggest new trends in the law & law practice!

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Lessons for Lawyers from the History Books

Date/Location: June 29th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A 6-Hour Live Webcast that Earns You Practical CLE Credit in the Midst of Fascinating History Lessons! Includes ethics.

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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

Date/Location: June 30th, 2019 at 8:30 am Central

A special "CLE Deadline Day" presentation (on a Sunday! Yikes!) of this Innovative CLE Experience -- Film clips from 24 "lawyer" movies provide practical lessons in good lawyering! The clips cover 80 years of movie history, including

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On-Demand Courses Taught at Barristers

"Elementary" CLE: Ethics Lessons Inspired by Sherlock Holmes

Another innovative ethics hour from Barristers! The fictional life and career of England's most famous detective are used to introduce important (and often overlooked) aspects of ethics and professionalism.

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"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.

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Bankruptcy Basics for General Practitioners

A fundamental survey of what every general practitioner needs to know about bankruptcy law and procedure.

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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.

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Basic Wills Drafting, Part II

A practical one hour course picking up where Part I left off in a discussion of basic Wills drafting. Includes the drafting of gift provisions and the designation of executors & guardians.

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Basics of Contract Drafting

A practical look at the fundamentals of drafting contracts on any subject that are practically air tight.

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Copyright Law Basics for General Practitioners

Billy Newman's acclaimed introduction to copyright law is finally available online!

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Digital Assets in Estate Planning & Probate: What Happens to Electronic Accounts & Digital Files Upon Death

A look at how to handle intangible digital assets in an estate, including digital photos, books, music, accounts, and data.

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Emerging Legal Issues on Privacy Rights & Drone Use

A look at how the law is adapting to the rapid increase in the use of drones by businesses and hobbyists -- and how privacy protections are adapting as well.

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Ethics & Professionalism: 2018 Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

The Ethics & Professionalism segment of our 24th annual Recent Developments in Mississippi Law course.

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Ethics for Lawyers: Lessons Inspired by the Peanuts(R) Comic Strips

This course presents a unique approach to the discussion of ethics and professionalism for lawyers.

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Ethics in Basic Wills Drafting

A practical one hour seminar discussing the pitfalls that can await lawyers drafting basic wills and other estate planning documents for their clients.

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Ethics of Age Bias in the Law Office

A look at emerging law on the ethics of eliminating age bias in the law office.

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Ethics of Confidentiality: What You May Not Know

An in-depth look at some of the hidden pitfalls within the ethical duty of client confidentiality. Available for viewing starting December 11, 2018.

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Ethics of Diligence & Time Management

The ethics rules and case law on Rule 1.3 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

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Ethics of Online Marketing for Lawyers

An overview of the different forms of digital marketing being used by lawyers, with an emphasis on the ethical limitations of each.

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Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: A Primer

An easy-to-follow discussion of the Do's and Don'ts when you're helping a client collect a past due debt.

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Family Law: 2018 Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

The Family Law segment of our 24th annual Recent Developments in Mississippi Law course.

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Family Law: 2018 Recent Developments in Tennessee Law

The Family Law segment of our annual Recent Developments in Tennessee Law course. Available for viewing starting December 16, 2018.

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Federal Developments: 2018 Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

he Federal Developments segment of our 24th annual Recent Developments in Mississippi Law course.

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Financing the Small Business: What Lawyers Should Know

A nuts-and-bolts look at how your small business clients can get the financing they need -- and the lawyer's role in the process.

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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 effective lawyering today.

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Great Trials in History, Part 2

Another fascinating installment in Billy Newman's unique look at the lessons we can glean from some of the greatest trials in world history.

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Great Trials in History, Part 3

A new installment in Billy Newman's insightful look at some of the greatest trials in world history, with an emphasis on the lessons we can glean from them.

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Helping a Client Buy a Business

A practical course discussing the nuts and bolts of representing a client who wishes to purchase an existing business.

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Jurors, Social Media, & the Internet: The New Reality and Rules

A look at the problem of jurors performing prohibited research on the internet.

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Legal Research: A Refresher Course with New Tips for the Internet Era

A practical look at how you can improve your efficiency in legal research -- and how to make sense of what you find!

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Legal Writing: Quick Tips

A fast-paced discussion of simple steps you can take to improve your legal writing overnight!

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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.

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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.

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Litigator's Toolkit #3: Social Media Evidence

This third installment in the "Litigator's Toolkit" series focuses on the growing importance of social media evidence in civil litigation.

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Litigator's Toolkit #4: Jury Communication - The New Challenges

A fourth installment in this series of practical, fast-paced tips for lawyers with a litigation practice. This segment looks at techniques for better connecting with jurors.

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Litigator's Toolkit #6: Cross Examination

A quick overview of "Do's and Don'ts" for Effective Cross Examination

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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. Available starting Dec. 11, 2018.

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New Gadgets and Technology for Lawyers

A practical review of new devices, apps, and other technologies that can really improve your efficiency and organization as a lawyer.

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Paralegals: Evolving Standards and Roles

An overview of recent trends and developments in the training, certification, and use of paralegals in all types of law office settings.

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Pet Law: Major Issues and Trends (beyond Leona Helmsley)

A surprisingly interesting look at a rapidly emerging area of law - the law governing pets and other animals!

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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.

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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.

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Presidents in the Courtroom, Part 1: Practical Lessons from Our Lawyer-Presidents

Billy Newman leads a fascinating look at the legal careers of several past U. S. Presidents and highlights what modern-day lawyers can learn from them.

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Presidents in the Courtroom, Part 2: Practical Lessons from Our Lawyer-Presidents

The second installment of Billy Newman's innovative look at past American Presidents and the practical pointers we can glean from their pre-Presidential law practices.

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Recent Developments in Federal Law - 2016

Our annual year-in-review update course providing a concise look at some of the most important news in federal law affecting the general practitioner.

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Recent Developments in Federal Law - 2017

Our annual year-in-review update course providing a concise look at some of the most important news in federal law affecting the general practitioner.

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Recent Developments in Federal Law - 2018

Our annual year-in-review update course providing a concise look at some of the most important news in federal law affecting the general practitioner.

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Regulatory Takings of Property

An overview of the case law that governs when the government's regulation of private property severely limits the owner's economic use of the property. Available for viewing starting December 16, 2018.

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Simple Trusts: An Introduction

A follow-up to Billy Newman's popular lectures on Basics Wills Drafting, this course provides a rudimentary introduction to testamentary and inter vivos trusts.

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Tax Reform: What General Practitioners Need to Know

An overview of the most important changes brought about by the December 2017 tax law amendments.

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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.

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Trademark Law Basics for General Practitioners

Billy Newman's acclaimed introduction to trademark law is finally available online!

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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.

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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.

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Wills Drafting Lessons from Famous People

Extremely practical advice for general practitioners on avoiding common Wills drafting mistakes, illustrated by the Wills of famous people.

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Wills, Estates, & Business Law: 2018 Recent Developments in Mississippi Law

The Wills, Estates, Real Estate, & Business Law segment of our 24th annual Recent Developments in Mississippi Law course.

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Wills, Estates, & Business Law: 2018 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 Dec. 16, 2018.

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