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Human Resources Division, Staff Development Section
Continuing Legal Education
2015-03-01 to 2015-03-31

Training Calendar

Legal Writing Seminar
01:00 PM to 04:15 PM
 
Wednesday, March 4th

This presentation includes discussion on the following topics:

Getting the words -rite- right: These are the most common word-usage mistakes in legal writing (and your spell-checker won’t catch them). Learn some tricks for keeping them straight. Plus, discover a nifty new tool for word nerds: Ngram viewer.

Legal writing is not what it should be: Identify and discuss the numerous causes of poor legal writing and learn to overcome them and create a plan for career-long improvement.

Citations: Yes, citations. They are often the tyranny of the inconsequential, but they serve an important function. This presentation will review The Greenbook, The Bluebook, SMALL CAPS, and citational footnotes.

Lawyers have issues: The Question Presented is a key part of a memo and an appellate brief, but does its form, format, length, or approach matter? And what can you do in a trial brief or motion? Several approaches from conventional to trendy will be reviewed.

Fun Ethics Quiz: Guess the consequences lawyers faced for poor legal writing.

Wayne Schiess is a senior lecturer at the University of Texas' School of Law and is the Director of the David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, and Appellate Advocacy.

This presentation has been approved for 3.0 of MCLE credit, including .50 hour of ethics by the State Bar of Texas’ MCLE Department.

OAG Employees Only

What You Always Wanted to Know About HIPAA but Were Afraid to Ask
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
 
Wednesday, March 11th

This presentation includes an overview and practical tips about complying with State and Federal confidentiality and privacy laws while engaged in civil litigation and criminal prosecution.

Cynthia O’Keeffe is the Deputy Chief of the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division.

 

This presentation has been approved for 1.0 hours of MCLE credit, including 1.0 hours of ethics, by the State Bar of Texas’ MCLE department.

OAG Employees Only

Beginning WestlawNext - What's New
09:30 AM to 10:30 AM
 
Thursday, March 26th

This beginner course will demonstrate how to use the latest additions on WestlawNext to craft basic searches with correct terms, connectors, and natural language.  Attendees will also learn how to key cite case law and statutes, as well as easily find a document when the citation is already known.

This presentation has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bar of Texas’ MCLE department.

OAG Employees Only

Advanced WestlawNext – What’s New
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Thursday, March 26th

Using the latest improvements to WestlawNext, learn to take legal research to the next level using advanced terms and connectors with advanced natural language skills.  This course will also include instruction on utilizing field restrictors and key numbers to get the most relevant documents faster. 

This presentation has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit by the State Bar of Texas’ MCLE department.

OAG Employees Only

WestlawNext: Ethics and Legal Responsibility - What's New
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
 
Thursday, March 26th

Utilizing the latest updates to WestlawNext, this program aims to familiarize attendees with various research strategies for searching primary and secondary legal materials pertaining to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

This presentation has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit, by the State Bar of Texas’ MCLE department.

OAG Employees Only