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Courses taught during Apprenticeship Week (01/04/21 – 01/08/21)

Experiential Courses

LAW 5608 – Trial Advocacy

Third year students only.  This is an experiential simulation course.  Through a series of simulated exercises with faculty feedback, students engage in trial practice, including preparation, pleadings, and the conduct of a trial.

Faculty: The Honorable Guy Holdridge and Dean Sutherland
Experiential: Yes
Prerequisite: Evidence (5605)
Time: 01/06/21 – 01/08/21 (Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday)


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 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
Experiential: Yes
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (timing subject to change)


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 Katherine King
Experiential:  Yes
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (timing subject to change)


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.

Faculty: Caroline Blitzer Phillips
Experiential:  Yes
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week (Virtual) (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (timing subject to change)


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
Experiential: Yes
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (timing subject to change)


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
Experiential: Yes
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (timing subject to change)


Video Game Law

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.  Students will engage in simulated negotiation and drafting of video game agreements incorporating the relevant concepts in the course.

Faculty: J. Michael Monohan
Experiential: Yes
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (timing subject to change)

 

Non-Experiential Courses

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
Experiential: No
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (timing subject to change)


Prosecuting Environmental Crimes

This course focuses on crimes under various federal environmental statutes, including the interplay of statutory and regulatory provisions that define such crimes, development of investigations and prosecutions, the rationale for criminal sanctions for certain environmental violations, and salient policies and issues associated with environmental crimes.  Students will engage in practical exercise designed to teach practice skills as well as substance.

Faculty: Kris Dighe
Experiential: No
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (subject to change)


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
Experiential: No
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (subject to change)


The Impact of COVID-19 In The Workplace: A Review of COVID-Era Employment Regulations, Their Intended and Unintended Consequences, and Long-Term Workplace Repercussions

This course will examine compelling employment law issues of the day as we consider how the workplace has been changed and will continue to change in the era of COVID-19.  Issues will include the Families First Act, the CARES Act, the changing nature of furloughs and other issues that are dramatically changing the face of employment.

Faculty: Theresa M. Gallion
Experiential: No
Time: Traditional Apprenticeship Week Schedule (01/04/21 – 01/08/21), 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (subject to change)

 

Apprenticeship Courses taught at the during regular semester (01/11/21 – 01/22/21)

*All Courses Designated Experiential Courses

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: Ed Walters and Darrel Papillon
Experiential: Yes
Time: 01/12/21, 01/14/21, 01/19/21 & 01/21/21 (Tuesdays & Thursdays), 5:00-9:00 p.m. (timing subject to change)


Negotiating and Drafting a Commercial Lease

This course will explore the key provisions of commercial lease agreements, including in-line and big box shopping center leases, office leases and warehouse leases.  Emphasis will be on national leasing standards while noting Louisiana peculiarities.  Students will undertake the alternating roles of landlord’s counsel and tenant’s counsel, and be required to analyze, draft and negotiate in class major lease provisions from their respective client’s perspective.  For the final project, students will be required to revise hypothetical lease clauses on behalf of a tenant and a landlord.

Faculty: Sterling Scott Willis
Experiential: Yes
Time: 01/11/21, 01/13/21, 01/20/21 & 01/25/21 (Mondays & Wednesdays), 5:00-9:00 p.m. (timing is subject to change)


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: Skip Philips and Mike Walsh
Experiential: Yes
Time: 01/12/21, 01/14/21, 01/19/21 & 01/21/21 (Tuesdays & Thursdays), 5:00-9:00 p.m. (timing subject to change)