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Courses taught during Apprenticeship Week (01/04/22 – 01/08/22)

Campaign, Finance, Personal Financial Disclosure, and Government 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 servant’s 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 servant’s 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
Guest Lecturer: Kathleen Allen

Energy Regulatory Law

This course will explore various segments of 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/or prepare materials for discussion on energy regulatory topics.

Faculty: Randy Young and Gordon Polozola

Mergers and Acquisitions Workshop*

This course analyzes the key legal and practical aspects of a private merger and acquisition transaction.  We will focus on deal structuring, due diligence investigations and transaction documentation, including purchase and sale agreements, letters of intent, confidentiality agreements and other customary ancillary agreements.  Students will learn how key provisions of a purchase and sale agreement are negotiated to create value for and allocate risks among the parties.  Students will have the opportunity to practice drafting and negotiating skills.
*This course will be taught via Zoom only

Faculty: Caroline Blitzer Phillips

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 Schnabel, Kathleen Simon, and Rachael Mills

Complex Litigation & Antitrust

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 Lambert Diblieux

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 claw back provisions.  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

Will We Ever Get Over This Pandemic?  A Review of Legal Ramifications of Vaccine Mandates in the workplace and on Campus

Take a deep dive into federal and state regulations regarding masks and vaccines, with emphasis on emergency temporary standards issued by OSHA and other legislation and executive orders. 

Faculty: Theresa M. Gallion

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: Abboud Thomas and J. Cullens

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

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, Jamie A. Flowers and C. Frank Holthaus

Legal Communication

This course explores effective client communication tactics and technologies. Students will evaluate the ethics, benefits, and development of a modern communications strategy. They will learn how to communicate in a way that informs clients, answers frequently asked questions, saves time, generates referrals, and earns testimonials.  For the final project, students will develop a practical communications plan and engage in simulated hypothetical client communications

Faculty: Parker Layrisson and Carlee White Gonzales

Making Your Case. What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say.

Litigators spend the bulk on their time on motion practice because that is where cases are usually decided. You have one chance to present your best case to a judge, so use it wisely. Writing organized briefs and presenting effective oral argument that clearly identify the issues at play are keys to success. These skills apply to all lawyers whose practice includes some kind of litigation, no matter what the subject area or type of trial forum.

This course focuses on how to get and keep a trial judge’s attention through effective written and oral advocacy. Students will take a deep dive into the two motions most common to civil litigation—motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. Students will have the opportunity to draft a brief in support of or opposing a motion for summary judgment and will argue their position before United States District Judge Susie Morgan.

Faculty: Judge Susie Morgan and Kristen Amond

Compensation and Benefits

The course will cover the basics of ERISA compliance, including what is covered, obligations and risks, and what is required of companies, depending on their size, in order to be compliant. We will also touch on other applicable benefit laws, including the ACA and HIPPA.  Students will participate in drafting benefit plans that comply with relevant statutory and regulatory requirements.

Faculty: Karleen J. Green