2022 NALA Conference & Expo

2022 NALA Conference & Expo

July 14-16, 2022, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ

Overview

The NALA Conference & Expo is the most anticipated paralegal event of the year. This year’s conference in Phoenix, AZ will be no exception. To help support the inclusive needs of paralegals across the nation, NALA’s excited to launch our first-ever hybrid conference. This means you can choose to attend either in person or virtually, July 14th through the 16th. All attendees will be able to participate in this 3-day educational event featuring a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, upgrade your paralegal skills, earn CLE credit, and much more. We hope to see you July 14-16 in Phoenix, AZ!

 

 

IN-PERSON ATTENDEE OPTION: In-person attendees will enjoy the luxurious JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ. In-person attendees can earn up to 15 hours of CLE plus attend several exciting in-person networking events. In-person attendees will be able to visit our vendor hall and interact face-to-face with a variety of vendors. In-person attendees will also receive a conference goodie bag as well as the entire 2022 NALA Conference & Expo Recording Bundle at no additional cost.

 

VIRTUAL ATTENDEE OPTION: Virtual attendees will be able to participate in the conference from the comfort of their home or office. Virtual attendees can earn up to 15 hours of CLE through livestream education sessions. Virtual attendees will be able to chat with other conference attendees and ask speaker questions during sessions. In addition, virtual attendees are provided access to all NALA Association meetings. Recorded sessions will be available after the conference for a discounted price.

 

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Important Information

EXPERIENCE TRUE LUXURY

Pursue your passions and discover award-winning service at the AAA 4-Diamond JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. This resort showcases an array of extraordinary amenities for attendees, including an on-site spa, championship golf at Wildfire Golf Club, seventeen pickleball courts, five pools, and a lazy river. Stretch out in gracefully designed rooms and suites with luxury bedding, modern technology, and floor-to-ceiling windows; many feature views of the mountain. From American cuisine to Asian specialties and poolside cocktails, our dining options are sure to impress. Near Desert Ridge Marketplace and North Scottsdale, for those wishing to explore Arizona’s capital city.

ATTENDEE SINGLE/DOUBLE ROOM RATE: $149 per night
Rates are subject to governmental room taxes. Each additional person will be charged at a rate of $40.00 per adult, per night with a maximum of four (4) persons per guestroom. Guest rooms will have complimentary wireless internet access. The on-site parking fee per stay is $20.00 daily for self-parking or $35.00 for valet parking for all overnight hotel guests; however, the fee is subject to change.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS: To reserve a room online please go to https://book.passkey.com/go/NALA2022. To make a reservation by phone, call 1-888-236-2427. Mention “NALA 2022” to receive the discounted conference rate. These discounted room rates are available until June 14, 2022, or until the room block has been filled. After June 14, 2022, or if the room block becomes filled, NALA can no longer guarantee rates and availability. Make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure availability and secure the discounted rate.

You may add the daily resort fee; however, it isn’t required of NALA Attendees.
DAILY RESORT FEE $40 ($240 value) INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING AMENITIES:

  • Enhanced High Speed Guestroom Internet and Local Calls
  • Daily Pickleball for up to two people, includes paddles and two hours of court time (based on availability)
  • Daily access to Wildfire Golf Driving Range up to two people with unlimited balls and use of clubs. Proper golf attire required
  • One complimentary dessert in Twenty6, Stonegrill, or Meritage
  • Daily Tennis for up to two people, includes racquets and two hours of court time (based on availability)
  • Daily bike rentals for up to two bikes and for two hours

*Daily Resort Fee is subject to applicable taxes at time of check in

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

  • This hotel does not provide a shuttle service.
  • Driving Directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): Take the 24th Street exit from the airport and follow signs to 51 North. Stay on 51 North until it ends at Loop 101 and take the exit for 101 East. Stay in the right lane and exit left onto Tatum Boulevard. Travel past Desert Ridge Marketplace on the right and at Deer Valley Road turn right. Continue on Deer Valley Road to Marriott Drive and turn left.

NALA is excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 2022 NALA Conference & Expo! Join Commissioner Melissa Zabor as she shares the successes of Maricopa County’s Therapeutic Courts and the transformations that participants experience through the program.

Melissa Zabor has been a Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2017. She began in the Initial Appearance Court, seeing defendants after their arrest and issuing search warrants; given the volume of cases in the Phoenix area, this court runs 24/7. Presiding over a court that operates 24 hours a day allows for some very interesting cases. She served as the Presiding Commissioner for nearly two years, much of that during the pandemic. She now presides over a criminal calendar, conducting settlement conferences, changes of plea, sentencings, and trials. In July of 2021, Commissioner Zabor also took on several therapeutic courts, including drug court, DUI court, and a women’s trauma drug court.

After law school, she first worked as a prosecutor before spending nearly a decade as a public defender. Commissioner Zabor earned her Juris Doctorate in 2004 from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2001 from the University of Arizona. Her work supporting the advancement of women in the legal field made Commissioner Zabor an active member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and the Maricopa County Bar Association.

As an undergrad, Commissioner Zabor was the Drum Major for the University of Arizona Marching Band. They played the music of Oingo Boingo and brought the house down by lighting the cymbals on fire! She remains a lifelong fan of the arts, live theatre, and most of all, musicals. She loves spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf, skiing with her family, and reading.

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2022 SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS

SPONSORS

Gold Sponsors


Ciox Health, a Datavant company, provides leading clinical data technology that empowers greater health by unlocking the potential of data in medical records. The company leverages a ubiquitous network of clinical data connections to simply and securely connect healthcare decision-makers with the data and hidden insights in patient medical records. Ciox helps customers connect, control, and comply in solving last-mile challenges in clinical interoperability. Supporting a range of connectivity needs from research to revenue cycle, Ciox’s solutions include clinical data acquisition, release of information, and clinical coding.

Proof

Proof is a technology company revolutionizing service of process by providing speed, verification, and transparency every step of the way. We offer nationwide service in all 50 states, provide live updates and verification of all attempts with GEOlocation. PROOF also offers skip traces, e-filing and Live Chat to connect users directly to their process server. PROOF works with 2200+ law firms and government agencies nationwide. Ask us about getting a free serve!

Sponsors


Ciox Health, a Datavant company, provides leading clinical data technology that empowers greater health by unlocking the potential of data in medical records. The company leverages a ubiquitous network of clinical data connections to simply and securely connect healthcare decision-makers with the data and hidden insights in patient medical records. Ciox helps customers connect, control, and comply in solving last-mile challenges in clinical interoperability. Supporting a range of connectivity needs from research to revenue cycle, Ciox’s solutions include clinical data acquisition, release of information, and clinical coding.

The George Washington University Paralegal Studies program provides students the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate or master’s degree in Paralegal Studies. The program is academically rigorous and prioritizes teaching beyond tasks. The curriculum is designed to teach competency in written an oral communication, the ability to work in a group, critical thinking, reasoning, time management, legal research, and substantive law. Courses are taught both online and face-to-face!

Registered Agent Solutions, Inc. (RASi) provides nationwide registered agent services as well as a complete list of corporate transactional services. We specialize in corporate filings, document retrievals, business licensing, UCC and litigation searches and more.

Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the legal and regulatory; healthcare; tax and accounting; governance, risk, and compliance sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with advanced technology and services.

 

EXHIBITORS

 

ACEDS is the world’s leading educational organization specializing in training and certification in e-discovery, information governance, and related legal disciplines. ACEDS provides training and professional development courses to law firms, corporate legal departments, software and service providers, the government, and academic institutions. ACEDS is also a professional association with more 2500 active members who gather and network in 29 chapters formed in major U.S. cities, Canada, Ireland, the U.K., Benelux, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Capitol Lien
Capitol Lien Records and Research
provides accurate and timely due diligence solutions internationally. Legal professionals leverage our personalized customer support and years of expertise in each jurisdiction to make decisions with confidence. Obtain results relating to Corporate Services, Real Estate Research, Court Research, UCCs, Filings, Retrievals, and so much more! Count on Capitol Lien when diligence is due.

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Capitol Services is a different kind of service company. We go Above and Beyond to give our clients the service they deserve. Whether it’s corporate filing or lien searching, document recording or retrieval, registered agent services or annual report management, Capitol Services handles your important tasks quickly, correctly, and with a smile.

Central Intelligence Agency
At the CIA, we bring the best of who we are to protect our national interests. To uphold this extraordinary responsibility, we strive to maintain a diverse, fair, and accessible workplace where all voices are heard, respected, and valued. We offer a unique environment to work with smart, focused people who have a broad range of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and perspectives. Our employees can give their all to protect our Nation because of our inclusive environment.

As a Paralegal for the CIA, you will provide case management, legal research, case-cite verification, blue book citations, and general paralegal support to the Office of General Counsel. You will support legal issues relating to foreign intelligence, counterintelligence activities, and both civil and criminal litigation.  Please visit www.cia.gov/careers for more information.

CobbleStone Software

CobbleStone Software has helped thousands of contracting professionals for over 20 years. CobbleStone’s trusted contract management software – CobbleStone Contract Insight® – is built on powerful contract management AI that supports full contract lifecycle management. Our user-friendly, scalable, low-friction, and feature-rich contract management solution is an intelligent platform that can be accessed from most devices. See how CobbleStone can enhance your processes; request a demo today!

CoraLegal
CoraLegal is a cloud collaboration, storage, sharing, and eSignature platform. Coralegal enables attorneys and paralegals to share and receive documents from their clients securely in the cloud, edit documents in the cloud after securing file lock, and get documents signed and notarized electronically with audit trails and notary journals. CoraLegal provides all of these services at a fraction of the cost, with amazing support, bank level digital security, and allowing the ability to be accessed on any device.

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CSC
CSC® provides knowledge-based solutions for every phase of the business life cycle, helping businesses form entities, maintain compliance, execute transaction work, and support real estate, M&A, and other corporate transactions in hundreds of U.S. and international jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s largest banks and commercial lenders to reduce risk in their lien portfolios, improve their transaction speeds, and create a secure environment for their financial processing needs. We also provide solutions for secure real estate document preparation and recording.

We are the trusted partner for 90% of the Fortune 500®, nearly 10,000 law firms, and more than 3,000 financial organizations.

Delaware Corporate Services

Delaware Corporate Services Inc. has acted as Registered Agent for companies throughout the US for over 35 years and assists clients with all of their filing and document retrieval needs, with respect to Secretary of State and other governmental offices.

ECFX Notice, is a state-of-the-art SaaS solution that downloads the documents in electronic court filing (ECF) notices, profiles the documents according to firm naming conventions, stores the documents in the appropriate matter or client workspace in any DMS or file system, and distributes the documents directly to the case team. ECFX Notice greatly reduces the amount of time required to process court notices, increases control over firm naming and storage policies, reduces the risk of missed notices or delayed processing, and provides firmwide visibility into ECF metrics—allowing your firm’s staff to focus on the work your clients value.

EDS Litigation is an end-to-end litigation support company serving law firms and corporate legal departments. We support our clients with a comprehensive suite of services including data collections, document processing, early case assessment, hosted and managed document review, document production, deposition and court reporting, and Subpoena and records retrieval. EDS Litigation is the partner you can rely on. Visit us at www.edslitigation.com for more information.


eNotaryLog provides nationwide remote online notarization (RON) and electronic signature solutions through its cloud-based digital services platform. The RON platform is MISMO-certified, SOC 2 compliant, and audited by leading global law firm and fintech advisor DLA Piper. With its secure technologies and RON-certified in-house notaries, consumers and businesses can notarize documents anytime and anywhere for time-saving convenience. Companies can also leverage APIs for direct integration and use their notaries to provide a convenient and seamless client experience.

From online notarization of life’s essential documents to standalone electronic signature services and other emerging legal technologies, eNotaryLog focuses on simplifying digital document execution.


Estrin Legal Staffing is a staffing organization like no other. We work with you on your hopes, wants, dreams and desires for just the right job. Working with the top worldwide AmLaw firms in the country, we bring you the professionalism and expertise you expect. With five-star Google Business and Glassdoor ratings, our recruiters go the distance just for you. We’ve even been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine. Reach out and we’ll show you why.

IBCF
International Business Company Formation, Inc.IBCF is a premier provider of international corporate services for legal and tax professionals, corporations, and corporate service companies. We offer a wide variety of services including, but not limited to, entity formations, registered agent/registered office, document retrievals and apostille/legalization services in all 50 states, US Territories, and international jurisdictions. Through our vast network of international resources, we are able to offer our clients bespoke and competitively priced corporate service solutions. With our experience over the past 20 years, we have simplified the intricacies of domestic and international corporate transactions.

IMS Consulting & Expert Services delivers award-winning consultative trial and expert services for the most influential global firms through every stage of litigation. Combining the perspectives and proprietary methods developed over 30 years and more than 2,000 trials, IMS provides attorneys with the essential services they need to win: integrated strategy, expert witness placement, jury consulting, trial graphics, and trial presentation. With strategic locations in major U.S. markets, the IMS team is primed to support in-person and remote litigation needs from coast-to-coast. More at expertservices.com.

NAEGELI Deposition & Trial provides the highest level of litigation support services nationwide. We offer court reporting, legal videography, remote videoconference depositions, and trial presentation. We pride ourselves on always giving our clients gold star service… every time!

National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS)

National Association of Professional Process Servers– NAPPS is the largest non-profit association for process servers in the world. With over 2,300 members we have professional servers where you need them! Visit our booth for a demonstration of the search features on our free website.

National Document is a public records research and corporate document filing company providing worldwide services. Our services include and are not limited to UCC Searches/filings, lien and Litigation searches, corporate filings and document retrieval, registered agent services, apostille/legalizations, independent director services and more!

National University

Since 1971, National University has been dedicated to meeting the needs of hard-working adults by providing accessible, affordable, achievable higher education opportunities. We educate students across the U.S. and around the globe as the largest private nonprofit university in San Diego, CA. For over 50 years, National University continues to partner with 2-year institutions to develop clear transfer pathways and workforce education solutions. Our Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association. For a current list of our Paralegal pathways, visit our Paralegal Pathways site. If your school is interested in developing an articulation agreement with National University email jallen2@nu.edu.

Platinum Filings

Platinum Filings helps your deals close quicker and smoother. We are a global service provider of Due Diligence, compliance, and Business Forensics services. We serve leading law firms, lenders, private equity and financial institutions with high-quality work product, client tailored services, innovation, and unmatched turnaround times. We are experts in UCC/Lien research and delivering our results with industry disrupting speed.  We harness leading technology and artificial intelligence to deliver a unique experience that combines speed and accuracy.

Steno provides reliable court reporting with a revolutionary approach. You know that feeling when you find the perfect court reporting agency? Send Steno your notice of deposition, and a dedicated account manager will respond within an hour, learn your preferences, and take care of scheduling headaches for you. For remote depositions, in addition to Zoom we have created our own signature web-based videoconferencing platform called Steno Connect. Steno Connect was built for remote litigation and features built-in exhibit sharing and a variety of other features designed specifically for remote depositions. To top it all off, you’ll have 24/7 online access to all your job files and invoices on your Steno firm dashboard.

Fighting to protect your client’s recovery after settlement is frustrating to you and costly to your firm. Let Synergy tackle the case after the case, so you can focus on what you do best—fighting for the injured and helping more clients. More than 1000 law firms nationwide trust Synergy to protect their client’s recovery. Call us today.


Unisearch, Inc. is a public records research firm specializing in searching, filing, and retrieving public documents. We offer an extensive range of Registered Agent, Corporate, and Uniform Commercial Code/Lien Services to the legal, financial, and business community in all 50 states and internationally.


For more than 35 years, Walz Mail Automation, a Covius solution, has been a trusted name in mail management services, helping thousands of clients save millions of dollars in time and lost mail. We offer a no-cost review of your current process, to help optimize your mail operations and gain efficiencies. Walz lets you send from your desk or will mail for you. With no annual or monthly fees and no volume minimums, Walz offers fully secure web-based solutions, single or batch mailing options and customized tracking and delivery reports.

Most of the 2022 NALA Conference sessions will be recorded. These recorded sessions will include the presenter’s video and all session handouts for a visual re-creation.

Note: If you already received credit for a session you attended during the live conference (either as an In-Person attendee, or a Virtual attendee), you are not eligible to obtain duplicate CLE for the same recorded version. On-demand access to the recordings are available for 1-year.

 

The health and safety of all visitors to NALA’s Conference remains our top priority. We are closely monitoring government mandates and policy changes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and public health advancements. As information pertaining to the virus continues to develop, we will adjust our approach as needed and keep you up to date with new developments to ensure a coordinated effort and a safe environment for all NALA Conference attendees.

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Sessions

CLE Hours: 1.5
CLE Credit: Legal Ethics
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: Fifty-five million Americans experience 260 million legal problems on an annual basis, according to the report titled Justice Needs and Satisfaction in the United States of America 2021. Of those legal issues, the study found 120 million are not “resolved fairly” every year. Access to justice is not a niche problem; it’s a very broad social problem. This session will introduce paralegals to the fact that there is no right to counsel in civil legal problems and explain why legal aid providers can only address about half of them. The session will further focus on ethics requirements related to pro bono and new nationwide initiatives that target access to justice. It will empower paralegals to initiate programs and seek out pro bono opportunities.

 

Instructor(s): Rachel L Royal, CP, NCCP
Rachel L. Royal, CP, NCCP, holds an AAS in Paralegal Technology from Carteret Community College. She has held positions with the NCBA Paralegal Division as a Council member from 2018-2021, a Pro Bono Co-Chair since 2018, and Secretary for 2021-22. Rachel has worked in family law, insurance defense, and municipal law. She opened her own freelance business, Royal Touch, Legal & Business Solutions, LLC, in 2020. She has been a contract paralegal for the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission since January 2021, as a pro bono coordinator for the commissions’ Driver’s License Restoration Project. She lives in Wilmington, NC.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: During this session a Case Study will be used on Abramski v. United States.

 

Instructor(s): Richard Dietz, Judge
Judge Richard Dietz serves on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Before joining the Court, he was a partner on the Appellate & Supreme Court team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. In his legal practice, Judge Dietz argued in the U.S. Supreme Court in Abramski v. United States, 134 S.Ct. 2259 (2014) and handled dozens of appeals in other state and federal courts. He previously served as a vice president of the North Carolina Bar Association, as vice chair of the Appellate Practice Section, and on the Appellate Practice Section Council. Judge Dietz graduated first in his class from Wake Forest University School of Law and earned a master’s degree in judicial studies from Duke University School of Law.
CLE Hours: 1.5
CLE Credit: Legal Ethics
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will discuss the dangers of unauthorized practice of law (UPL), determine if it is being done, and how to avoid it.

 

Instructor(s): Joy C. Belk, NCCP
Joy C. Belk, NCCP, is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal and the Managing Director to the Board of Paralegal Certification for the North Carolina State Bar, where she coordinates and manages paralegal certification and education programs. She earned her B.A. from East Carolina University, a post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate from Meredith College, and a master’s degree from Liberty University.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: Assisting clients with catastrophic disabilities exposes law firms to government recovery actions, damages, and malpractice risks. It’s vital that personal injury practices have a comprehensive plan for compliance when resolving cases if you want to protect the firm—and protect your clients. In this session, learn to navigate the complexities at settlement for catastrophic claims and learn the best practices for each potential issue.

 

Instructor(s): Jason D Lazarus, CEO
Jason D. Lazarus, JD, LL.M., CSSC, MSCC is the founder and CEO of Synergy Settlement Services. Synergy offers healthcare lien resolution, Medicare secondary payer compliance services, pooled trust services, settlement asset management services, and structured settlements. He is the managing partner and founder of the Special Needs Law Firm, a Florida law firm that provides legal services related to public benefit preservation, liens, and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance. Jason is an Amazon Best-Selling author. His book Art of Settlement is a detailed guide for trial lawyers related to regulatory compliance when resolving catastrophic claims. His work has been cited as authoritative on Medicare compliance by the Supreme Court of Florida and the U.S. Southern District of Florida. He received his B.A. from the University of Central Florida and his JD from Florida State University. He received his LL.M in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Non-Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will discuss how the role of the corporate paralegal will change as more artificial intelligence (AI) is leveraged in contracting processes. Understand different AI capabilities with respect to contracts (machine learning, computer vision, content extraction). Understand how paralegals can adapt their skills and remain relevant as technologies change.

 

Instructor(s): Memme Onwudiwe, Executive Vice President
Memme Onwudiwe is fascinated by artificial intelligence (AI), space technologies, and innovation on the African continent. While in law school he helped to build Evisort, an AI company, from the Harvard Innovation Lab, and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Intelligence. He also founded/chaired Harvard’s Legal Technology Symposium and is on the advisory board of Innovation Law Club Africa.
His article “Africa and the Artemis Accords: A Review of Space Regulations and Strategy for African Capacity Building in the New Space Economy” was published in a peer-reviewed Journal on Space Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He spoke on a high-level panel at the 2021 National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference.
As a student at Harvard Law, he served as President of the Harvard African Law Association and co-Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Kennedy School’s Africa Policy Journal.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session assists those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam review for the Civil Litigation portion of the Knowledge Exam. The session offers a broad and basic view of the fundamentals of Civil Litigation. It will include discussions in the following areas: (1) Jurisdiction; (2) The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; (3) Pleadings; (4) Discovery; (5) Motion Practice; (6) Trial Process; and (7) Appeal Process.

 

Instructor(s): Jill I. Francisco, ACP
Jill I. Francisco, ACP, is employed as a paralegal with Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, in their Huntington, WV office. She graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies from Marshall University. She holds Advanced Certifications in E-Discovery and Trial Practice. She has been working as a paralegal since 1997.
She was Charter President of the Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia and is currently serving as their NALA Liaison. She began her NALA service as a member of the NALA Professional Development Committee; and over the years has served as NALA Affiliated Associations Secretary and Director, Treasurer, Secretary, Second Vice President, Vice President, and was the President of NALA 2018-2020.
She serves on the paralegal program advisory board for Mount West Community & Technical College in Huntington, WV, and is also an adjunct professor for the ABA Approved Paralegal Studies Program. She is also a host of The Paralegal Voice podcast on the Legal Talk Network. She resides in Kenova, West Virginia, with her husband and their son.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session assists those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam review for the Contracts portion of the Knowledge Exam. This session provides an overall survey of the law of contracts. The basics of contract law presented include the following: (1) A discussion of contracts in general; (2) The elements required for the formation of a contract; (3) The classification of types of contracts; (4) Parties’ contractual obligations and rights; (5) The requirements of an enforceable contract; and (6) Legal and equitable remedies for a breach of contract.

 

Instructor(s): Todd C. Richardson
Attorney Todd C. Richardson is a retired Professor of Paralegal Studies at Daytona State College, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Business Law Department of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Todd formerly served as a central staff attorney at the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal for 24 years and taught as an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department of the University of Central Florida, and at Florida Coastal School of Law. He has actively participated in assisting in the educational programs of NALA. Todd earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Stetson University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.
CLE Hours: 1.5
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session assists those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam, focusing on review for the corporate/commercial law portion of the Knowledge Exam. The session offers a broad and basic view of the fundamentals of corporate and commercial law and will include discussions in the following areas: (1) Basic concepts of various types of business entities, including formation, issues of capitalization, management, ownership, public vs. private, and tax implications; (2) Fiduciary duty, duty of care, duty of loyalty, and the business judgment rule; (3) Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, consolidation, and dissolution; and (4) Anti-trust issues.

 

Instructor(s): Kelly A. LaGrave, ACP
Kelly A. LaGrave, ACP, has been a paralegal since 1984 and currently works in the legal department at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan. She specializes in the areas of business compliance, acquisitions, healthcare, and contracts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and holds ACP credentials in Intellectual Property, Real Estate, and Contracts Administration/Contracts Management. She is a frequent speaker to paralegal groups across the country on topics such as business, contracts, ethics, legal essay writing, and certification. She has served NALA in many capacities, including NALA President.
CLE Hours: 1.5
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session assists those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam, focusing on review for the criminal law portion of the Knowledge Exam. This session introduces the criminal justice system to attendees, including the following: (1) Procedures from arrest to final disposition; (2) Principles of state law; (3) Familiarization with federal criminal law; and (4) Constitutional guarantees afforded to criminal defendants.

 

Instructor(s): Todd C. Richardson
Attorney Todd C. Richardson is a retired Professor of Paralegal Studies at Daytona State College, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Business Law Department of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Todd formerly served as a central staff attorney at the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal for 24 years and taught as an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department of the University of Central Florida, and at Florida Coastal School of Law. He has actively participated in assisting in the educational programs of NALA. Todd earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Stetson University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session is a review of a legal memorandum for the Certified Paralegal Exam Skills portion, the second exam required for obtaining the Certified Paralegal (CP) from NALA. Although a keyword list and sample multiple-choice questions will be provided, they will not be the focus of the session. This course introduces the required format of a memorandum to pass the Skills portion. The session will be a discussion of a facts scenario, hypothetical statutes for writing the memorandum, and a sample memorandum based on the scenario. The sample memorandum will be dissected showing the different parts and format of the memorandum. The session will focus on facts, issues, discussions/analysis, and conclusions. The discussion will touch on the importance of proper grammar and clear writing, as well as the need to practice writing memoranda. Objectives for attendees include identifying, becoming familiar with, and understanding: (1) Relevant versus irrelevant facts; (2) Distractor facts; (3) Relevant versus irrelevant statutes; (4) Threshold, primary, and secondary issues; (5) The four parts of an issue; (6) Finding the assignment and issue; (7) Uncovering the essence of a statute; (8) Applying law to facts and using the application formula; (9) The parts of a conclusion; and (10) The breakdown of the 30 points on the Skills exam.

 

Instructor(s): Glenn A. Leier, Founder
Glenn A. Leier is the founder of and administrator for AchieveVia, a company which provides education and review courses for the Certified Paralegal Exam. He is an attorney, paralegal educator, writer, and charity board member in Portland, Oregon. His experience includes serving as managing shareholder of a law firm, teaching real estate law to paralegals for 23 years, serving as general counsel for several corporations, and acting as trustee for revocable living trusts. He served eight years on NALA’s Certifying Board and Advanced Certifying Board, presented at NALA’s conferences, and wrote for Facts & Findings. He has a BA in journalism from the University of North Dakota and a JD from the University of Utah.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session assists those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam, focusing on review for the estate planning and probate portion of the Knowledge Exam. The topic will be presented in the form of an outline focusing on the keywords in this area of law. Bonus materials will include sample multiple-choice questions. This course is structured and organized to provide a guide for studying for the Knowledge portion. The session will focus on knowledge (recalling definitions of keywords), comprehension (understanding and giving examples of the main ideas of keywords), and application (using acquired knowledge about keywords to solve problems). The session will introduce the main estate planning tools such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, and non-probate transfers and the basic requirements of each. Probate administration will be discussed for testate succession and intestate succession. Objectives for attendees include: (1) Understand reasons for estate planning; (2) Identify the different types of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and non-probate types of assets; (3) Review common provisions in wills and trusts; (4) Distinguish testate succession from intestate succession; (5) Identify the formalities for drafting a will; (6) Review the basic steps of a probate administration; (7) Become familiar with estate tax forms and concepts; (8) Identify challenges to wills and trusts; and (9) Discuss documents related to health care.

 

Instructor(s): Glenn A. Leier, Founder
Glenn A. Leier is the founder of and administrator for AchieveVia, a company which provides education and review courses for the Certified Paralegal Exam. He is an attorney, paralegal educator, writer, and charity board member in Portland, Oregon. His experience includes serving as managing shareholder of a law firm, teaching real estate law to paralegals for 23 years, serving as general counsel for several corporations, and acting as trustee for revocable living trusts. He served eight years on NALA’s Certifying Board and Advanced Certifying Board, presented at NALA’s conferences, and wrote for Facts & Findings. He has a BA in journalism from the University of North Dakota and a JD from the University of Utah.
CLE Hours: 1.5
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will assist those preparing for the Skills portion of the Certified Paralegal Exam. A sample essay will be given and discussed during the presentation. The session will focus on the following: (1) Learning how to identify relevant facts and issues; (2) The application of law to facts; (3) The analysis of issues and formation of conclusions; and (4) The organization of information and clarity of expression.

 

Instructor(s): Kelly A. LaGrave, ACP
Kelly A. LaGrave, ACP, has been a paralegal since 1984 and currently works in the legal department at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan. She specializes in the areas of business compliance, acquisitions, healthcare, and contracts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and holds ACP credentials in Intellectual Property, Real Estate, and Contracts Administration/Contracts Management. She is a frequent speaker to paralegal groups across the country on topics such as business, contracts, ethics, legal essay writing, and certification. She has served NALA in many capacities, including NALA President.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session will assist those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam, focusing on review for the ethics portion of the Knowledge Exam. The session will focus on the following: (1) Ethical responsibilities centering on performance of delegated work; (2) Paralegal professional responsibility; (3) Professional relationships; (4) Client and public contracts; and (5) Attorney code of ethics and discipline.

 

Instructor(s): Kelly A. LaGrave, ACP
Kelly A. LaGrave, ACP, has been a paralegal since 1984 and currently works in the legal department at Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan. She specializes in the areas of business compliance, acquisitions, healthcare, and contracts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and holds ACP credentials in Intellectual Property, Real Estate, and Contracts Administration/Contracts Management. She is a frequent speaker to paralegal groups across the country on topics such as business, contracts, ethics, legal essay writing, and certification. She has served NALA in many capacities, including NALA President.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session assists those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam review for the real estate and property portion of the Knowledge Exam. The session will be an outline focusing on the keywords in this area of law. Participants will receive sample multiple-choice questions. This course introduces a structure with techniques to organize participants’ study for the Knowledge portion. The session will focus on knowledge, comprehension, and application of keywords. The review course will include a discussion of types of ownership which evolved to present day real estate interests, freehold estates, nonfreehold estates, and future interests. The discussion includes the main types of property (real property, personal property, and fixtures) and why the law distinguishes the different types of property. The course introduces the three parts of real estate: the crust of the earth, airspace rights, and subsurface rights. Objectives for attendees include identifying, becoming familiar with, and understanding: (1) The different types of freehold estates (ownership) and nonfreehold estates (leases); (2) Public and private controls on real estate ownership; (3) Easements; (4) Sales of real estate; (5) Types of financing; (6) Types of deeds and deed warranties; (7) Title search and examination, title insurance policies, and due diligence; (8) Surveys and legal descriptions; (9) Types of leases, and landlord and tenant issues; and (10) Real estate litigation.

 

Instructor(s):

Glenn A. Leier, Founder
Glenn A. Leier is the founder of and administrator for AchieveVia, a company which provides education and review courses for the Certified Paralegal Exam. He is an attorney, paralegal educator, writer, and charity board member in Portland, Oregon. His experience includes serving as managing shareholder of a law firm, teaching real estate law to paralegals for 23 years, serving as general counsel for several corporations, and acting as trustee for revocable living trusts. He served eight years on NALA’s Certifying Board and Advanced Certifying Board, presented at NALA’s conferences, and wrote for Facts & Findings. He has a BA in journalism from the University of North Dakota and a JD from the University of Utah.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session assists those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam review for the Torts portion of the Knowledge Exam. Learning objectives include the following: (1) Knowing the definition of a tort, including the difference between a tort and a criminal act; (2) Understanding how and where different types of cases are filed and tried; (3) Understanding intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability; (4) Studying the Federal Torts Claim Act; and (5) Understanding how common law and state statutory law define the boundaries of tort law.

 

Instructor(s): Jill I. Francisco, ACP
Jill I. Francisco, ACP, is employed as a paralegal with Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, in their Huntington, WV office. She graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies from Marshall University. She holds Advanced Certifications in E-Discovery and Trial Practice. She has been working as a paralegal since 1997.
She was Charter President of the Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia and is currently serving as their NALA Liaison. She began her NALA service as a member of the NALA Professional Development Committee; and over the years has served as NALA Affiliated Associations Secretary and Director, Treasurer, Secretary, Second Vice President, Vice President, and was the President of NALA 2018-2020.
She serves on the paralegal program advisory board for Mount West Community & Technical College in Huntington, WV, and is also an adjunct professor for the ABA Approved Paralegal Studies Program. She is also a host of The Paralegal Voice podcast on the Legal Talk Network. She resides in Kenova, West Virginia, with her husband and their son.
CLE Hours: 1.5
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session will assist those preparing for the Certified Paralegal Exam, focusing on review for the United States legal system portion of the Knowledge Exam. This session introduces: (1) The fundamental principles of law, including statutory and common law, (2) U.S. federalism, (3) The adversary system, and (4) Alternative dispute resolution.

 

Instructor(s): Todd C. Richardson
Attorney Todd C. Richardson is a retired Professor of Paralegal Studies at Daytona State College, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Business Law Department of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Todd formerly served as a central staff attorney at the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal for 24 years and taught as an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department of the University of Central Florida, and at Florida Coastal School of Law. He has actively participated in assisting in the educational programs of NALA. Todd earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Stetson University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will provide an overview of summary judgment motions. This session will cover the purpose of summary judgment; techniques for drafting summary judgment memos; tips for preparing attachments such as exhibits, affidavits, and statements of undisputed facts; and common pitfalls legal professionals run into in moving for or defending against summary judgment.

 

Instructor(s): E. Lee Whitwell
Lee Whitwell practices civil rights and employment litigation in Memphis, Tennessee, as the Chief Litigation Attorney for the Shelby County Attorney’s Office. He handles federal §1983 defense litigation, including wrongful detention, excessive force, and wrongful death cases. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, he worked for the Spence Law Firm where he handled §1983 cases on behalf of plaintiffs. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Whitwell is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, where he teaches Appellate Advocacy, a second-year class on appellate brief writing and oral argument.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: The Latin term “in limine” means at or on the threshold. This session will be concentrating on everything about Motions in Limine (preliminary motions that are used to request that certain testimony be excluded at trial). Learning objectives include the following: (1) Learn the basics about Motions in Limine; (2) Draft sample Motions in Limine for attorney review; and (3) Discover the paralegal’s valuable role in assisting in preparation for Motion in Limine arguments.

 

Instructor(s): Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP, FRP, FCP
Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP, FRP, FCP, is a litigation paralegal at Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of NALA, the Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA), and the Paralegal Section of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). She serves as an appointed member of the Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee (2019-2023). She authored articles on a range of topics for a variety of legal publications and has presented seminars on Preparing for Trial, Discovery, Paralegal Ethics, and a Paralegal’s Role in Collecting Fees and Costs. She is the author of two chapters in NALA’s Certified Paralegal Exam Fundamentals (Torts and Clarity of Expression).
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: Whether you are an advocate, a paralegal, or working as legal staff, it is critical as professionals in the legal field to know the rights of the people we interact with at the federal, state, or local levels. This session will help to understand your rights, the client’s rights, and the attorney and legal staff rights when dealing with law enforcement.

 

Instructor(s): S. M. Kernodle-Hodges
S. M. Kernodle-Hodges is a Legal Project Manager for Tolliver, Richardson & Kernodle, LLC. She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Administrative Justice from Patrick Henry Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Averett University. She also graduated from Duke University’s Law Studies Paralegal Program.
Some of her noteworthy accomplishments include being a North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk, a FINRA Arbitrator, a Superior Court Mediator, and Victim Service Practitioner. As a graduate of the University of South Florida’s DEI program, Kernodle strives to create a more diverse workplace, address equity issues, and foster inclusivity. She serves as co-chair for the Utilization Committee with the North Carolina Bar Association and as co-chair for the Pro Bono Committee with the North Carolina Bar Foundation. She is the co-author of the Justice for All Project in North Carolina.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Non-Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session is a hands-on lesson of some preferred online Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) tools. Website based tools and browser extension tools will be presented during this session. These tools are designed to help automate and speed up online investigations which can be especially helpful to paralegals crunched for time. The session is appropriate for PC and Mac users. The session will focus on the following: (1) Review of online search engines vs. browsers; (2) Browser extensions for privacy and security; (3) Browser extensions for screen captures and documentation; (4) Historical data lookup tools (web archiving); (5) Image search tools; (6) Social media search websites; and (7) Investigation organization tools.

 

Instructor(s): Erin Beffa
Erin Beffa is an Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) investigator for Digital Silence in Denver, CO. Working alongside cybersecurity industry leaders, she also specializes in online personal data security. Erin has past volunteer experience with the National Child Protection Task Force as well as Operation Safe Escape. Her current volunteer work is with the Innocent Lives Foundation. Having been involved with multiple investigations nationwide, she is eager to share the possibilities of OSINT to a wider audience within the legal profession.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will break down the Supreme Court and other federal courts’ treatment of police officers’ use of excessive or deadly force in the context of the U.S. Constitution. The audience will come away with a better understanding of when officers can and cannot use force; how courts analyze lawsuits and other allegations of excessive or unreasonable force; and pragmatic tips on what to look for in investigating, prosecuting, or defending allegations of excessive force.

 

Instructor(s): E. Lee Whitwell
Lee Whitwell practices civil rights and employment litigation in Memphis, Tennessee, as the Chief Litigation Attorney for the Shelby County Attorney’s Office. He handles federal §1983 defense litigation, including wrongful detention, excessive force, and wrongful death cases. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, he worked for the Spence Law Firm where he handled §1983 cases on behalf of plaintiffs. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Whitwell is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, where he teaches Appellate Advocacy, a second-year class on appellate brief writing and oral argument.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will cover lien resolution hot topics, Medicare compliance, government benefit preservation, and complex settlement planning issues.

 

Instructor(s): Jason D Lazarus, CEO
Jason D. Lazarus, JD, LL.M., CSSC, MSCC is the founder and CEO of Synergy Settlement Services. Synergy offers healthcare lien resolution, Medicare secondary payer compliance services, pooled trust services, settlement asset management services, and structured settlements. He is the managing partner and founder of the Special Needs Law Firm, a Florida law firm that provides legal services related to public benefit preservation, liens, and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance. Jason is an Amazon Best-Selling author. His book Art of Settlement is a detailed guide for trial lawyers related to regulatory compliance when resolving catastrophic claims. His work has been cited as authoritative on Medicare compliance by the Supreme Court of Florida and the U.S. Southern District of Florida. He received his B.A. from the University of Central Florida and his JD from Florida State University. He received his LL.M in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will break down the statute 42 U.S.C. 1983–the vehicle through which citizens can sue municipalities and government officials for violations of their constitutional rights. It will cover basic principles of 1983 law, classic fact patterns that plaintiffs and defendants run into, and tips on prosecuting and defending such actions.

 

Instructor(s): E. Lee Whitwell
Lee Whitwell practices civil rights and employment litigation in Memphis, Tennessee, as the Chief Litigation Attorney for the Shelby County Attorney’s Office. He handles federal §1983 defense litigation, including wrongful detention, excessive force, and wrongful death cases. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, he worked for the Spence Law Firm where he handled §1983 cases on behalf of plaintiffs. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Whitwell is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, where he teaches Appellate Advocacy, a second-year class on appellate brief writing and oral argument.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Legal Ethics
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will cover how to properly use social media without crossing ethical boundaries. The do’s and don’ts of gathering evidence on social media. Maintain client confidentiality on your social media. Participate in UPL on social media.

 

Instructor(s): Joy C. Belk, NCCP
Joy C. Belk, NCCP, is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal and the Managing Director to the Board of Paralegal Certification for the North Carolina State Bar, where she coordinates and manages paralegal certification and education programs. She earned her B.A. from East Carolina University, a post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate from Meredith College, and a master’s degree from Liberty University.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will define an Adult Disability for Title II and Title XVI Disability Claims using the Five-Step Sequential Evaluation Process. Learn the Sequential Nature of the Disability Determination Process and understand the Five-Steps Checklist and key components needed for determination of an individual’s disability as defined by the Social Security Act.

 

Instructor(s): Shawana Withrow Almendarez, NCCP
Shawana Almendarez is a North Carolina native with over 20 years of legal experience. She earned an associate degree in paralegal studies from King’s College in Charlotte, NC, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Strayer University. She is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal and a North Carolina Notary Public.
Shawana served dutifully as a Family Court Case Coordinator and as an Absolute Divorce Clinic Facilitator for the 26th Judicial District’s Self-Serve Center. She has also served as a child custody advocate for the Council for Children’s Rights.
Shawana is a successful freelance paralegal and owner of NC Paralegal Consulting Services, providing consulting services to legal professionals in the areas of social security disability claims and business administrative support. She has served the North Carolina Bar Association’s Paralegal Division as Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will cover processing a Title II and Title XVI Claim for Disability Benefits through the Social Security Administration’s Hierarchy. The necessary forms to process Title II and Title XVI Claims will be covered.

 

Instructor(s): Shawana Withrow Almendarez, NCCP
Shawana Almendarez is a North Carolina native with over 20 years of legal experience. She earned an associate degree in paralegal studies from King’s College in Charlotte, NC, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Strayer University. She is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal and a North Carolina Notary Public.
Shawana served dutifully as a Family Court Case Coordinator and as an Absolute Divorce Clinic Facilitator for the 26th Judicial District’s Self-Serve Center. She has also served as a child custody advocate for the Council for Children’s Rights.
Shawana is a successful freelance paralegal and owner of NC Paralegal Consulting Services, providing consulting services to legal professionals in the areas of social security disability claims and business administrative support. She has served the North Carolina Bar Association’s Paralegal Division as Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This session will introduce the Outer Space Treaty and the Artemis Accords, two marquee documents important to global regulation of space activities. Learn the history and importance of these documents. Discuss common controversies in contemporary space law.

 

Instructor(s): Memme Onwudiwe
Memme Onwudiwe is fascinated by artificial intelligence (AI), space technologies, and innovation on the African continent. While in law school he helped to build Evisort, an AI company, from the Harvard Innovation Lab, and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Intelligence. He also founded/chaired Harvard’s Legal Technology Symposium and is on the advisory board of Innovation Law Club Africa.
His article “Africa and the Artemis Accords: A Review of Space Regulations and Strategy for African Capacity Building in the New Space Economy” was published in a peer-reviewed Journal on Space Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He spoke on a high-level panel at the 2021 National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference.
As a student at Harvard Law, he served as President of the Harvard African Law Association and co-Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Kennedy School’s Africa Policy Journal.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Non-Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This course will focus on: (1) Types of freelancers (i.e. part-time supplement to full-time business owners) and the difference between a freelancer and an employee; (2) Business structure options; (3) Marketing and payment options; (4) How to prioritize tasks when working for multiple clients; and (5) Ethical hurdles for freelancers vs. employees.

 

Instructor(s): Rachel L. Royal, CP, NCCP
Rachel L. Royal, CP, NCCP, holds an AAS in Paralegal Technology from Carteret Community College. She has held positions with the NCBA Paralegal Division as a Council member from 2018-2021, a Pro Bono Co-Chair since 2018, and Secretary for 2021-22. Rachel has worked in family law, insurance defense, and municipal law. She opened her own freelance business, Royal Touch, Legal & Business Solutions, LLC, in 2020. She has been a contract paralegal for the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission since January 2021, as a pro bono coordinator for the commissions’ Driver’s License Restoration Project. She lives in Wilmington, NC.
CLE Hours: 1.5
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Advanced

Session Description: Since the birth of the term Waters of the United States (WOTUS) alongside the passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972, the contested interpretations, seemingly enigmatic court decisions, and noble attempts at further defining the term through rulemaking have been unceasing.
This session will unravel the multiple, often conflicting court decisions, which have in turn caused difficulties in regulatory enforcement of the CWA.

 

Instructor(s): Rebecca E. Patty
Rebecca E. Patty has twenty-eight years of experience as an Assistant Attorney General for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. She assisted the Attorney General’s Office as part of the deposition and trial team for the State of Alabama’s trial in the case entitled In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, No. 10-MD-02179. She has twenty-four years of experience teaching paralegal and law school courses. She has taught at the University of Maryland Global Campus, Samford University, Troy University, Birmingham School of Law, South University, Virginia College, Faulkner University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session will review the world’s worst environmental disaster to date. Review the causes/failures that occurred aboard the Deepwater Horizon and discuss an overview of the parties, lawsuits, and class actions which resulted in the formation of the Multidistrict Litigation in front of Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans, LA. Were there any lessons learned? What is the current status of Macondo 252?

 

Instructor(s): Rebecca E. Patty
Rebecca E. Patty has twenty-eight years of experience as an Assistant Attorney General for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. She assisted the Attorney General’s Office as part of the deposition and trial team for the State of Alabama’s trial in the case entitled In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, No. 10-MD-02179. She has twenty-four years of experience teaching paralegal and law school courses. She has taught at the University of Maryland Global Campus, Samford University, Troy University, Birmingham School of Law, South University, Virginia College, Faulkner University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: Merriam-Webster defines climate change as significant and long-lasting change in the Earth’s climate and weather patterns. This session will review the history of laws related to climate change to date and discuss legal career options arising from climate change.

 

Instructor(s): Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP, FRP, FCP
Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP, FRP, FCP, is a litigation paralegal at Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of NALA, the Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA), and the Paralegal Section of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). She serves as an appointed member of the Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee (2019-2023). She authored articles on a range of topics for a variety of legal publications and has presented seminars on Preparing for Trial, Discovery, Paralegal Ethics, and a Paralegal’s Role in Collecting Fees and Costs. She is the author of two chapters in NALA’s Certified Paralegal Exam Fundamentals (Torts and Clarity of Expression).
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: Overcoming common Intellectual Property (IP) ethical challenges paralegals commonly face; exploring IP social media issues and challenges; and providing up-to-date information and discussion of how the IP practice has changed for paralegals during the COVID pandemic.

 

Instructor(s): Stephanie Durham-Rivera
Stephanie Durham-Rivera is a paralegal with McAngus, Goudelock & Courie in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to her paralegal role, Stephanie serves as the Immediate Past Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, and Ethics Committee Chair for the North Carolina Bar Association. She most recently served as the 2020-2021 Paralegal Division Chair for the Paralegal Division.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: Learn best practices and procedures for workers’ compensation claims. Stay informed of the latest workers’ comp trends and case law. Learn tips and strategies to efficiently investigate new claims. Request, organize, and summarize medical records while avoiding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations. Uncover practical tips for handling wage loss compensation (temporary total disability (TTD), temporary partial disability (TPD), and permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits).

 

Instructor(s): Stephanie Durham-Rivera
Stephanie Durham-Rivera is a paralegal with McAngus, Goudelock & Courie in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to her paralegal role, Stephanie serves as the Immediate Past Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, and Ethics Committee Chair for the North Carolina Bar Association. She most recently served as the 2020-2021 Paralegal Division Chair for the Paralegal Division.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: Whether you are an advocate, a paralegal, or working with pro bono clients, it is critical to incorporate a trauma-informed approach into your professional routine. Most clients have experienced some form of trauma and it is important to understand that trauma and how it impacts clients and their interactions with those assisting them.

 

Instructor(s): S. M. Kernodle-Hodges
S. M. Kernodle-Hodges is a Legal Project Manager for Tolliver, Richardson & Kernodle, LLC. She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Administrative Justice from Patrick Henry Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Averett University. She also graduated from Duke University’s Law Studies Paralegal Program.
Some of her noteworthy accomplishments include being a North Carolina Certified Municipal Clerk, a FINRA Arbitrator, a Superior Court Mediator, and Victim Service Practitioner. As a graduate of the University of South Florida’s DEI program, Kernodle strives to create a more diverse workplace, address equity issues, and foster inclusivity. She serves as co-chair for the Utilization Committee with the North Carolina Bar Association and as co-chair for the Pro Bono Committee with the North Carolina Bar Foundation. She is the co-author of the Justice for All Project in North Carolina.
CLE Hours: 1.5
CLE Credit: Substantive
Course Level: Intermediate

Session Description: This session is an introduction on how to conduct Open-Source Intelligence Techniques (OSINT) on an individual as well as a business. This session is designed to help paralegals during online investigations.
The first half of the session will focus on investigating an individual. This may include identifying covert social media accounts, previously unknown email addresses, additional images of the subject, and finding personal details via people search engines.
The second half of the session will focus on investigating a business. Documentation and file format OSINT techniques will be presented along with OSINT search tips. Breach databases and leak repository websites will be discussed as well.

 

Instructor(s): Erin Beffa
Erin Beffa is an Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) investigator for Digital Silence in Denver, CO. Working alongside cybersecurity industry leaders, she also specializes in online personal data security. Erin has past volunteer experience with the National Child Protection Task Force as well as Operation Safe Escape. Her current volunteer work is with the Innocent Lives Foundation. Having been involved with multiple investigations nationwide, she is eager to share the possibilities of OSINT to a wider audience within the legal profession.
CLE Hours: 1
CLE Credit: Non-Substantive
Course Level: Basic

Session Description: This course focuses on how to use word processing formatting, such as font choice and size, spacing, heading and subheading design, and other related concepts to improve the persuasiveness of legal writing. Legal professionals often focus solely on the substance of legal arguments, but the formatting of filings, particularly in ways that improve readability and reader retention, are a key part of good legal writing and are often overlooked. This session covers how to use design and formatting elements to create winning legal briefs and other filings and how to educate other members of the legal team that these concepts are important.

 

Instructor(s): Richard Dietz, Judge
Judge Richard Dietz serves on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Before joining the Court, he was a partner on the Appellate & Supreme Court team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. In his legal practice, Judge Dietz argued in the U.S. Supreme Court in Abramski v. United States, 134 S.Ct. 2259 (2014) and handled dozens of appeals in other state and federal courts. He previously served as a vice president of the North Carolina Bar Association, as vice chair of the Appellate Practice Section, and on the Appellate Practice Section Council. Judge Dietz graduated first in his class from Wake Forest University School of Law and earned a master’s degree in judicial studies from Duke University School of Law.
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