In-Person Seminar Details

Basic Skills for Everyday Law Practice

July 9th, 2020 from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm Central Time in Jackson, MS

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Overview

Approved for "Rule 3 CLE" credit for New Lawyers in Mississippi.  (But even experienced lawyers who want a refresher on the practical fundamentals of law practice can receive 6 hours of credit with this course!)

Pracitical topics discussed include:

  • The essentials steps in preparing for your first civil trial
  • The practical "how tos" of drafting agreements of all kinds
  • The secrets of time management for lawyers
  • The mental adjustment ot law practice -- and important coping mechanisms
  • Much more

 

Speaker(s)

  • William R Newman of The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Meeting Site

    Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

    1152 Lakeland Drive (Just off I-55)

    Jackson, MS  39216

    Agenda for Thursday, the 9th of July 2020

    (Agenda is approximate and tentative)

     

    Hour 1:           Trying Your First Civil Case: A Checklist of Preparations  (Basic Skills)

                                         1.         What you should get from the initial client interview

                                        2.         Investigation and research

                                        3.         Demand and early settlement considerations

                                        4.         Drafting the Complaint (and the mechanics of court filings)

                                        5.         Discovery do’s and don’ts

                                        6.         Voir dire and trial preparations: A checklist

     

      Hour 2:           Basics of Drafting Any Type of Agreement – from the Sale of a Business to Divorce                      Settlement Agreements   (Basic Skills)

                                          1.         The supreme importance of precision in language: a few pointers

                                        2.         Finding and adapting the right forms

                                        3.         Knowing the boilerplate

                                        4.         Enforcement provisions

       Hour 3:           Time Management:  The Best Preventive Medicine for Lawyers  (Ethics)

                                        1.         The relationship between time management and the rules of ethics

                                        2.         Checklists

                                        3.         Deadlines and prioritizing

                                        4.         Dividing and conquering

                                        5.         Getting control of your e-mail inbox

                                        6.         Making technology your servant, not your master

                                        7.         The art of delegating

                                        8.         Accountability

     

      Hour 4:           The Ethics of Getting Clients  (Ethics)

                                         1.         The limits of advertising and solicitation

                                        2.         Ethical use of online marketing

                                        3.         Legal fees and retainer contracts

                                        4.         The ethics of terminating the attorney-client relationship

     

    Hour 5:           The Nuts & Bolts of Managing a Law Practice  (Basic Skills)

                                         1.         Legal and ethical restraints regarding partners, associates, and support                                                staff

                                        2.         What every new lawyer needs to know about basic accounting practices

                                        3.         Trust accounts

                                        4.         Blurring the line between law practice and other business endeavors

     

    Hour 6:           The Mental Health Challenges of Practicing Law  (Ethics)

                                         1.         Knowing when it’s time to “run from the law:”  Self-care

                                        2.         A concise checklist of the tell-tale signs of depression, anxiety, substance                                                                     abuse, and suicidal tendencies (in your colleagues – and in you)

                                        3.         Simple coping mechanisms

                                        4.         The Lawyers Assistance Program

                                        5.         Finding the type of law practice that suits your personality