State Bar of New Mexico Center
5121 Masthead NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Course book included with all formats
Make Yourself an Indispensable Part of Your Firm's Trial Preparation Team
Two of the most essential skills for litigation paralegals to possess are the abilities to gather critical information and to prepare it for effective use at trial. That means you need to know how to compile essential information, ask the right questions and create a thorough, yet user-friendly case file.
Are your skills everything they should be? This seminar will provide a closer look into the specialized realm of paralegal responsibilities during trial preparation so you can maximize your effectiveness. Establish solid case management and organization techniques. Learn how to uncover crucial facts during the discovery process. Implement an effective document control and organization system to keep everything readily accessible. Get the most out of witnesses during pretrial interviews. Confidently collect, organize and preserve evidence for use at any time during trial. Developing these skills is critical for your success - enroll today to gain the knowledge you need!
This basic-to-intermediate level program is designed for paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries and other members of the law office support staff who want to sharpen their skills in every aspect of trial preparation.
This seminar meets the requirements of the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., for 6.0 hours, including 0.0 ethics, of continuing legal assistant education credit required to maintain the CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) credential.
This seminar has been approved by The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) for 6.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education, including 0.0 hour of ethics.
Approved by the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico for 6.0 general and 0.0 ethics (for a total of 6.0 hours CLE).
JOHN ROBERTS is a litigation paralegal with over 18 years of experience, litigating for both the plaintiff and the defense. He earned his B.S. degree in history from Eastern New Mexico University and attended Albuquerque Technical-Vocational College (now Central New Mexico Community College) for a paralegal studies degree. Mr. Roberts currently works at Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb, P.A., where his practice is mainly in defense work involving auto accidents, medical and professional malpractice, trucking defense, and many other types of cases. He also has extensive experience on the plaintiffs' side of the bar. Mr. Roberts previously worked for Ron Morgan and assisted with cases involving professional malpractice, premises liability, and other claims where the client was seriously injured. As a litigation paralegal, he is responsible for helping his attorneys during all phases of trial preparation, including but not limited to contacting and interviewing witnesses; to assisting with preparation of jury instructions and exhibits for use at trial; as well as coordinating all aspects of the trial with his attorneys for the most efficient use of the court’s time. Mr. Roberts believes it is his job to be an integral member of the trial team and to work behind the scenes to ensure that the trial goes as smoothly as possible by proactively working on potential problems before they become a serious issue for the attorneys.
RICHARD J. SHANE is a director and shareholder in the firm of Riley, Shane & Keller, P.A. Mr. Shane's trial practice emphasizes the defense of civil lawsuits involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, civil rights defense, premises liability, first-party defense of insurance bad faith/breach of contract claims, employment law, and employers' liability. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America; Who's Who in American Law; and Southwest Super Lawyers. Mr. Shane was named Lawyer of the Year in New Mexico, 2018 by Best Lawyers. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Law School teaching trial practice. Mr. Shane is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico (Trial Practice Section); U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court; Defense Research Institute; and New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. degree from Northern Illinois College of Law.
NATHANIEL V. THOMPKINS is a litigation attorney with his own firm, the New Mexico Firm, LLC. Mr. Thompkins primary legal focus involves personal injury, civil rights, domestic law, corporate law, trust law, and commercial litigation. Mr. Thompkins has more than 27 years of professional experience. His career as an attorney started as a regulatory attorney at the Delaware Department of Insurance. His professional experience includes being in-house counsel for Pennsylvania Blue Shield; general counsel for a telecommunications, internet and retail energy company - American Communications Network; and eventually he became a trial attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a litigation attorney, Mr. Thompkins respects the fact that each litigation case has its own unique aspects and there are many elements that are common throughout each litigation scenario. Mr. Thompkins received his B.A. degree from the University of Delaware and his J.D. degree from Widener University’s School of Law, Delaware Campus.