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Lawyering and the Legislative Process

The course will provide an introduction to the role of lawyers in the public policy and legislative process. It will be geared toward federal legislation and Congress. It will include two sections, one focused on Congress and the mechanics of the legislative process. Understanding the legislative process is essential to advising clients on public policy and legislative issues. The second part of the course will use a current major policy issue to provide students the opportunity for hands on role playing on behalf of clients with different policy positions. This will involve researching the issue, preparing testimony in support of the client’s policy position and drafting concise legislation to accomplish the client’s public policy goal. Student teams will present and defend their policy position and legislative draft. Students will also have a short multiple choice exam.

Faculty: Mark D. Boudreaux
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Legislative Process


Legal Issues in Assisted Reproductive Technology

Students will study a broad range of issues concerning assisted reproductive technology. Specific topics will include drafting legal contracts for egg, sperm and embryo donation; drafting and negotiating surrogacy contracts and the legal issues that arise throughout the surrogacy process. The course will compare the laws of various states and countries relating to IVF, gamete donation, and surrogacy.

Faculty: Amy Kern


The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury

This course will review the significant role of juries in the American system of justice, explore the diversity, opinions, and backgrounds of the respective jurors who make up those juries, and finally consider the varied methods of selecting and persuading those jurors in a civil trial. Students will study and discuss sample voir dire examinations and jury interrogatories, and they will observe and evaluate video presentations of voir dire examinations, closing arguments, and jury deliberations from an actual mock trial. Students will be required to draft and explain voir dire questions based upon a hypothetical civil case. For the final project, students will be required to draft a closing argument to a hypothetical jury in a hypothetical civil case provided by the instructor. Students will also be required to pass a short exam.

Faculty: Timothy F. Daniels and Matt Bailey
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Litigation


Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

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


Managing the Personal Injury Case

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


Campaign Finance, Personal Financial Disclosure, and Governmental Ethics

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
Prerequisites: N/A


#MeToo: From the Supreme Court to Hollywood: A Deep Dive into What this Really Mans for Practitioners

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 events. 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.

Faculty: Teresa Gallion
Prerequisites: N/A


The Nuts and Bolts of Representing Health Care Providers

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
Prerequisites: N/A


Wind Law, Regulation and Transactions

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to wind energy, including wind generation technology, intermittency, wind project development and permitting, grid interconnection and transmission, key provisions of wind power purchase agreements and incentivizing wind energy through tax credits and renewable portfolio standards. Students will engage in several, varied practice exercises; they will be required to outline lines of cross-examination for a hypothetical expert witness, prepare legal arguments and draft technical provisions of a power purchase agreement. Students will also be required to pass a short exam.

Faculty: Ken Hurwitz
Prerequisites: N/A


Serving the Public and the Profession

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
Prerequisites: N/A


Negotiating and Defending a Sports Contract: An Overview of Legal Issues and Negotiations in the MLB Draft, Arbitration Process, and College Coaching Contracts

This Course will introduce the students to a number of legal issues and negotiation strategies in different types of sports contracts, while giving them first-hand knowledge and experience in the MLB Draft Process, the Mechanics of MLB Arbitration, and college coaching contracts. In addition to learning about the structure and mechanics of the negotiations process, we will also look into how NCAA Regulations and state laws intersect with the MLB Draft. Students will be required to perform a portion of a Mock Draft to understand the leverage and negotiations involved for different types of players looking to be drafted. For the Final Project, students will have to present and argue a portion of an actual MLB Arbitration case that went to a final hearing.

Faculty: Will McGuffey and Phil Stringer
Prerequisites: N/A


Exploring the Role of the Magistrate

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
Prerequisites: N/A


Strategies in Economic Development and Legal Practice Business Development

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: Quentin Messer
Prerequisites: N/A