Mergers and Acquisitions of Privately Held Businesses – This course will focus on the process and key considerations when representing buyers and sellers of privately held corporations and limited liability companies. The course will walk through the entire deal process in detail, including due diligence, structuring the transaction, negotiation of the definitive acquisition agreement, and the closing process. Students will engage in hands-on drafting and negotiation exercises with guidance and feedback from the instructor.
Faculty: Chip Saulsbury (and at least one additional faculty)
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Corporate and Business Law
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, Guest Lecturer—Kathleen Allen
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
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
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, C. Frank Holthaus
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Criminal Law
The Ins and Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice – This course will give you real life insight into the workings of a mid-sized regional law firm with offices in three cities and two states. Students will be exposed to internal concepts of governance/management, law firm technology, marketing, finance, billing, human resources, administration and inter-partner /shareholder relationships. Concepts such as billings, collections, origination, realization, laterals, methods of compensation, leverage, teamwork, training and mentoring of associates, marketing, overhead, file assignments, partnership/shareholder agreements, succession plans, etc. will be discussed in an informative, hands-on and interactive manner.
Faculty: Edwin G. Preis, Robert Kallam
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. , Darrel Papillion
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Litigation
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
Prerequisites: Preference to Students with Demonstrated Interest in Family Law
Still Hot, and getting hotter: Cutting Edge Legal Issues Facing Congress and the Supreme Court This Year – This course will explore issues of great social import and impact. For example, we will cover the rights and obligations of schools, employers, and individuals with respect to transgender status; medical marijuana as it impacts employment environments; religious diversity and expressions of belief/conviction in the workplace and in schools, with particular emphasis on First Amendment rights and privileges; and the intersection of individual rights with those of employers and institutions of higher learning. We will also discuss the evolution of so-called “hate speech” and the interests of various participants in the current dialogue over freedom and/or suppression of speech on college campuses and the expressions of opinion embodied by NFL players and others. Students will be required to participate in scenario-based learning exercises designed to promote problem-solving and oral advocacy skills.
Faculty: Theresa Gallion
Strategic Thinking for Lawyers–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
Faculty: Gregory D. Frost, Emily Black Grey
Faculty: William B. Conway Jr., John N. Estes III