| Essential Skills for Effective Legal Practice
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Date: Thursday, November 15, 29 & December 6, 13, 2001
Location: Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, MA
Time: 04:00 PM - 07:30 PM
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One course, four critical lawyering skills that you need to know for a successful law practice.
Powerful Persuasive Writing Thursday, November 15, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Powerful Persuasive Writing provides a hands-on opportunity to strengthen and polish your legal writing skills. Through concrete guidance and exercises, you will revisit basic principles of solid legal writing and explore ways to streamline the writing and editing processes. The course will consist of four main components: planning and organizing, enhancing persuasiveness, attacking common pitfalls in grammar and style, and revising and editing. The workshop offers a guide to clear, concise, and well organized writing for all lawyers.
Attend this program and learn how to:
Lisa R. Freudenheim & James A. Janda, Esq.
- Overcome writer's block
- Approach the writing process in an organized manner
- Write efficiently
- Present legal analysis logically and concisely
- Enhance the persuasive power of briefs and memoranda
- Tackle common grammar and style issues
- Edit and refine your writing
Negotiating Effectively Thursday, November 29, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Negotiating Effectively teaches you valuable techniques for handling legal negotiations. The seminar consists of a mixture of mini-lectures, interactive roleplays, and video. Through these techniques, you will learn some key concepts of negotiation and gain experience applying them. You will learn methods to deal with these common problems:
- Managing the tension between competitive and cooperative bargaining strategies
- Controlling adversarial reactions
- Identifying hidden barriers to settlement
- Creating value in negotiating, while insuring a good outcome for your client
- Principled, positional and interest based bargaining
- First-offer and response strategies
- Dealing with "hardball" tactics
During the seminar you will participate in a roleplayed contract negotiation. To make the best use of seminar time, we will send you the confidential roleplay instructions in advance. Please read your instructions carefully. Come prepared to bargain, and to learn!
Professor Dwight Golann & David Alan Hoffman, Esq.
Mastering Civil Motion Practice Thursday, December 6, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
It is critical for all attorneys to understand the basics of civil motion practice. The best way to learn how to argue a motion is by doing so in a non-adversarial forum. You will receive constructive feedback from an experienced practitioner and the valuable perspective from the bench. You will learn the most effective techniques and have the unique opportunity to gain confidence by practicing your arguments.
This session gives you the opportunity to argue and see others argue:
- Temporary restraining orders
- Preliminary injunctions
- Motions for attachment of real estate
- Motions to dismiss
- Discovery motions
- Motions for summary judgment
Honorable Raymond J. Brassard & Elizabeth N. Mulvey, Esq.
Efficient, Cost-Effective Legal Research Thursday, December 13, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Whether your needs are finding cases that are "on point" for your complex issue or providing clients with savvy and sophisticated legal advice, conducting competent research is critical to the success of your law practice. Research can also be intricate, time consuming, and costly. If not done correctly and in a timely fashion, it can be the source of client complaints and bar disciplinary proceedings.
You will learn how to "bridge the gap" between the rudimentary understanding and skills acquired in law school and the more thorough research requirements demanded of practitioners. You will learn practical tips, techniques and tools including recommended free and low-cost resources.
You will learn proven strategies for focused and accurate research using the most appropriate and economical tools. Not everything is on-line, but when are books better? The program will also outline how to get the most out of "on-line" research:
- Search engines vs. directories
- Unlocking hidden resources: the Deep Web
- Evaluating online resources: authority, accuracy, currency
Robert J. Brink, Esq., Brian J. Harkins, Esq. & Wayne E. Hartwell, Esq.
~ About the Faculty ~
Lisa R. Freudenheim is currently a member of the Academic Support Program faculty and teaches Advanced Legal Writing at Suffolk U. Law School. Formerly, she taught Legal Practice Skills, a yearlong course on legal research, writing, analysis, and oral advocacy for first-year law students. Prior to entering academia, she practiced labor and employment law in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. She received her J.D. from New York U. Law School, and a B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University.
James A. Janda is an assistant district attorney in the Appellate Division of the Essex County District Attorney's Office. He is also an adjunct professor at Suffolk U. Law School where he teaches Legal Writing and Drafting. Mr. Janda previously served as a special assistant district attorney in the Bristol County District Attorneys Appeals Unit and as the director of student services at the Southern New England School of Law where he supervised the academic support program and co-directed the legal writing.
Dwight Golann is Professor of Law at Suffolk University. He has led negotiation seminars for law firms and corporations throughout the United States and in Europe. He has trained lawyers and mediators under the auspices of the American Bar Association, the European Union, federal courts, and state bar associations. Professor Golann has written widely on issues in dispute resolution and is the author of a book, Mediating Legal Disputes that won a national prize for best work in the field of ADR. Professor Golann currently directs mediator training for the national panel of JAMS and is a member of the Training Faculty of the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution, a consortium of corporations and law firms that promotes the use of ADR in legal disputes.
David Alan Hoffman of Hill & Barlow is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator, whose practice is concentrated in dispute resolution, family law, and litigation. He has taught courses at Harvard Law School and Northeastern University Law School and provides training in dispute resolution for lawyers. Mr. Hoffman serves as a neutral in several capacities - mediator, arbitrator, case evaluator, master, discovery master, and guardian ad litem. He handles cases involving commercial, family, employment, construction, personal injury, product liability, professional malpractice, insurance, intellectual property, probate, and other matters. Mr. Hoffman also represents clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, custody, post-divorce, and pre-marital agreements, and other litigation matters, including employment.
Honorable Raymond J. Brassard is an Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court and an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University Law School and New England School of Law. Prior to joining the bench, he practiced civil litigation at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster for nineteen years. He was also an instructor at Salve Regina College and a Judge Advocate for the United States Navy. He is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Boston College. He graduated Boston College Law School cum laude. He was Casenote and Comment Editor of the Boston College Law Review.
Elizabeth N. Mulvey, Esq., Crowe & Mulvey, frequently returns to her alma mater, Suffolk University Law School, to lecture law classes and serve as a judge for Moot Court competitions. She has published articles on medical malpractice and personal injury topics in prominent legal journals including The Practical Litigator, Civil Litigation Newsletter, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Boston Bar Journal. She has also served as section council member and Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Robert J. Brink, Esq. was named as the director of the Social Law Library in 1998. Prior to that, he served fifteen years as director of the Flaschner Judicial Institute. He is a 1983 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.
Brian J. Harkins, Esq. is ison callln to answer advanced reference inquiries from the Supreme Judicial Court and is the assistant librarian/head of public services at the Social Law Library. A graduate of Boston University, Suffolk University Law School and Simmons College Graduate School of Library Information Science, Mr. Harkins was formerly a librarian at the Boston law firms of Warner & Stackpole, and Morrison, Mahoney & Miller. He has served as president and treasurer of the Association of Boston Law Librarians and is currently secretary of the Law Librarians of New England.
Wayne E. Hartwell, Esq. is a "legal researchers" researcher. who has conducted advanced legal research seminars for a number of Bostons largest firms, the Administrative Law Judges of the Department of Industrial Accidents, the Attorney Generals Office and other public agencies. He received his B.A. from the University of Maine and his J.D. from New England School of Law. From 1973-1979 he was the Assistant Reporter on the Supreme Judicial Court Criminal Rules Project. From 1979-1997 he was in private practice. Mr. Hartwell has served as the Director of Education & Counsel of the Social Law Library since 1997.
Thursday, November 15, 29 & December 6, 13, 2001
Tuition is $199; $149 for attorneys admitted since 1998, or $59 per session.
Space is limited. Registrations at the door are welcome, but please register in advance to reserve a seat and your written course materials or call to confirm space availability.
Any cancellations received 24 hours prior to the program will be granted a refund, minus a $15.00 charge. If you cannot attend, you can send a substitute, otherwise you will receive the written course materials.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, MA
Approved for CLE Credit in RI, NH, VT & NY.
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