Campaign Finance, Personal Financial Disclosure, and Governmental Ethics (5614 Section 3) – This course will present the legal requirements and limitations of funding a Political campaign. Included in this course will be real life examples of improper contributions and improper use of a candidate’s campaign fund. This course will also focus on Louisiana law and the prohibitions of doing business with a public servants’ governmental entity. This will include nepotism, quid pro quo and the improper directing of governmental business to immediate family members. Also, the transparency of a public servants personal finances and the reporting requirements of a lobbyist will be studied. This course will be a primer for the attorney who will render advice and counsel to elected officials, appointed commissions and public employees.
Faculty: Aaron Brooks and Guest Lecturer—Kathleen Allen
Complex Litigation and Antitrust (5614 Section 11)– Have you ever wondered what actually happens in class action lawsuits? Multidistrict litigation? This course will give students a behind the scenes look at the procedural and substantive issues surrounding complex litigation cases from both a public protection and private action perspective. Students will receive instruction on state and federal antitrust claims as well as the FTC’s unfair and deceptive claims, and class discussions will involve both procedural and substantive legal issues related to these types of cases, including related discovery issues
Faculty: Stacie Deblieux
Energy Regulatory Law (5614 Section 12)– This course will explore various segments of electric public utility regulation and ratemaking before the Louisiana Public Service Commission (“LPSC”). Students will participate in interactive discussion of case examples on major regulatory topics and key energy issues. Students will be required to review decisions of the LPSC on selected cases and topics, conduct research on the LPSC website, and draft discovery and pleadings on energy regulatory topics.
Faculty: Randy Young and Katherine King
Faculty: Karleen J. Green
Exploring the Role of the Magistrate (5614 Section 7) – This course will explore the important role of the United States Magistrate Judge. Students will examine the sources of Magistrate authority and examine the broad range of activities. Although precise duties may vary among the districts, Magistrate Judges often conduct mediations, resolve discovery disputes, and decide a wide variety of motions: determine whether criminal defendants will be detained or released on a bond: Make recommendations regarding whether a party should win a case on summary judgment, and a wide variety of other issues. When both sides to a civil case consent, Magistrate Judges hear the entire dispute, rule on all motions, and preside at trial. Students will view the operation of the Magistrate Judge from the inside-out by focusing on a sample of issues that a Magistrate is empowered to resolve.
Faculty: Magistrate Erin Wilder-Doomes
Managing the Personal Injury Case (5614 Section 2) – This course combines substantive and procedural personal injury law with the essential steps and elements of pursuing or defending a claim for personal injury damages – from client intake and case evaluation to settlement or trial. Topics may include any or all of the following:
- the essential elements of a personal injury case: parties, liabilities, damages, forms, documents, and witnesses;
- obtaining police, medical, and employment records necessary for calculation and proof of liability and damages;
- locating, retaining and preparing experts and their reports for case evaluation, assistance, and trial testimony;
- gathering information and preparing settlement proposals and demands; and
- preparing and presenting witnesses, exhibits, and documentation to support or defend a case at trial.
Faculty: Edward J. Walters, Jr. and Darrel Papillion
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Litigation
The Nuts and Bolts of Representing Health Care Providers (5614 Section 5) – This course will provide attendees with insight into many of the key subject matter areas that health care lawyers who represent providers in non-litigation matters work with on a daily basis. Topics will include: an orientation to reimbursement/revenue sources for healthcare providers; market dynamics impacting payment, including a brief description of audits, appeals and overpayment issues; an overview of the variety of federal, state and local governmental agencies that regulate healthcare provider operations; hospital / physician relationships and interactions; healthcare fraud and abuse laws including Stark, Anti-Kickback and the False Claims Act; and healthcare privacy and security issues, including HIPAA.
Faculty: Gregory D. Frost and Emily Black Grey
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials (5614 Section 1) – This course will cover the significant stages of a federal criminal trial, from preliminary investigation/grand jury, indictment, bail hearings, discovery/motion practice, trial, and sentencing. Students will prepare pleadings and documents necessary for each phase of litigation prior to class and will be expected to litigate each topic learned during class. While the course will use federal substantive laws and procedural rules, emphasis will be put on the substantive and procedural points of law that are common to prosecutions across all jurisdictions, including but not limited to Brady/Giglio discovery obligations, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment requirements, ethical obligations, and the evidentiary issues most common in criminal prosecutions.
Faculty: Catherine Maraist, Honorable J. Walter Green and C. Frank Holthaus
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Criminal Law
Serving the Public and the Profession (5614 Section 6) – In the current economy, can lawyers serve themselves while also serving the public and the profession? This course will examine the challenges inherent in balancing the profession’s traditions with 21st Century realities. We will explore the dilemmas of self-regulation (lawyer ethics), the impetus for the “professionalism” movement, and the organized bar’s efforts to support access to the justice system. The focus will be on developing practical skills that assist professional advancement and public service. Students will be required to demonstrate their abilities to communicate (in writing and orally) with members of the public, the judiciary, and workplace colleagues/supervisors. Students will be asked to reflect on the concept of “justice” and the role that lawyer regulation plays in assuring justice.
Faculty: Marta-Ann Schnabel and Kathleen E. Simon
Social Movements, Social Change and the Legal Profession (5614 Section 4) – A Deep Dive into How #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and Other Social Movements Change the Practice of Law– This class focuses on some of the traditional basics of sexual harassment and workplace law, but with a new focus on the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter, and other current social movements. We explore not only how the practice of law is influenced by these societal and cultural shifts, but how our lives are influenced and altered as well. The course will emphasize that these social movements potentially influence every area of law, and, thus, the course is suitable for men and women practicing in any area.
Faculty: Theresa Gallion
Strategic Thinking for Lawyers (5614 Section 9)– The course will explore the fundamentals of strategic thinking for lawyers and apply principles of strategy to commonly-encountered legal settings. Students win participate in exercises and discussions designed to explore and illustrate strategic thinking and the strategic decision making process. Students will prepare and present plans for achieving strategic objectives based on hypothetical situations, to include criminal, civil, family/domestic and transactional matters. Students will be graded on presentations and class participation.
Faculty: Michael Walsh and Skip Philips
Strategies in Economic Development and Legal Practice Business Development (5614 Section 8) – In this course, participants will be introduced to topics in economic development from a legal perspective, including but not limited to the importance of nondisclosure agreements, maintaining confidentiality when representing the interests of state and local government, negotiating incentives and clawback provisions. Relatedly, the course will attempt to examine the similarities between economic development business development and law firm client development, including identifying client prospects, managing conflicts among prospective clients and project management techniques to deal conclusion.
Faculty: Chris Tyson
Video Game Law (5614 Section 10) – This course will examine a range of issues related to the creation and marketing of video games. Students will study copyright, trademark, publicity rights and other intellectual property rights, as well as statutory protections such as the Digital Millennial Copyright Act that are integral to the development and distribution of video games. Students will also evaluate the relationship between the developer and publisher of games and evaluate the key contractual provisions contained in every publisher and developer agreement. Finally, issues such as First Amendment protections and the danger to children through the promotion of violence will be evaluated.
Faculty: Michael Monohan