The clock is ticking... and while you have meticulously planned out every detail up until this point, everything will continue to become more and more chaotic up until the day of trial. Ask any successful paralegal what the two key elements of trial preparation are, and they'll tell you this: organization and flexibility. When put to the test, are your skills everything they should be? Let us help you take a closer look at the specialized realm of paralegal responsibilities leading up to trial right from the convenience of your desk. Your role is important, so take the next step toward maximizing your effectiveness. Make sure you can confidently fulfill your key trial responsibilities - order these vital reference materials today!
Useful Discovery for Trial
Preparing Your Witnesses
Effective Use of Evidence
Preparing Your Office - What to do Before You set Foot in Court
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 self-study credit required to maintain the CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) credential.
NM Paralegal Division, State Bar of NM
- 6.00Approval Exp. 6/26/2021
Approved by the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of New Mexico for 6.0 general self-study credit and 0.0 ethics self-study credit (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.
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