Continuing Legal Education

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Continuing Legal Education
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall 209
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
(206) 398-4281

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Seattle University School of Law is pleased to announce the following Continuing Legal Education programs.

Upcoming Programs for Fall 2016

Making Your Case: Effective and Efficient Legal Communication for Paralegals, Legal Staff and New Attorneys

October 7, 2016 | 6.0 Law and Legal and .5 Ethics CLE Credits pending

Co-sponsored by the Washington State Paralegal Association

Providing tools and perspectives for both the beginner and the advanced practitioner, Paralegal Jessica Vick and Investigator Dee Taylor have created a program that will help you effectively and efficiently conduct your case from the intake call to the mediation. This program offers practical advice and tools for the small firm or solo practitioner to conduct intake calls and preliminary investigation; collect information from clients and lay witnesses through best practices for interviews; communicate ethically with clients and witnesses; work effectively with experts; set up and facilitate focus groups on a variety of levels; and tell your client's story to the mediator or the court both through visual tools and written communication.

Hastening Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: Clinical, Legal, Ethical, Religious, and Family Perspectives

October 14-15, 2016 | 11.75 Law and Legal CLE Credits, pending; nursing, social work credits applied for

Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) is one way to assuredly hasten death. Although generally regarded as legal, VSED has not gained nearly as much public or scholarly attention as aid-in-dying, though the latter is legal in only five states. This interdisciplinary conference will address ethical, legal, clinical, religious, personal, family, and institutional issues that arise with VSED, including contexts of hospice and dementia care. 

8th Annual Supreme Court Watch: Preview of a Critical Year in Law and Politics

October 21, 2016 | 5.5 Law and Legal CLE Credits, pending

Professor Andrew Siegel leads a slate of appellate and Supreme Court attorneys in a discussion of strategies and tactics for arguing cases at the SCOTUS level. As part of this program will be an analysis of the politics involved along with the law involved in nominating and confirming judicial appointees. This robust program will also have a critical review of recent cases and a preview of upcoming cases in this election year.

Master's Level Elder Law CLE

November 18, 2016 | 6.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits pending

The last time there was a CLE dedicated to "advanced issues" in Elder Law it was held in 2013. In 2016 this program is co-sponsored by the WSBA Elder Law Section and the Seattle University School of Law; and Chaired by Richard Sayre and Carla Calogero. In developing this program the seminar team: reviewed past programs; identified emerging trends of important topics; received input from top Elder Law attorneys in the state; and held a focus group committed to ensure content matched the needs of practitioners. Join us for this exciting and important program; lunch is included.

Jury Selection and Voir Dire

December 2-3, 2016 | 10.5 Law and Legal CLE Credits pending

In this two-day "learning by doing" program led by Judge Matthew Williams, lectures and demonstrations concerning jury selection practice will provide a framework of doctrinal knowledge, leading into the opportunity to practice planning and conducting Voir Dire and Jury Selection in a series of simulated exercises. Practical exercises will be supported by constructive guidance and feedback to help improve your skills.

2016 Nursing and the Law: Implicit Bias and Effective Multicultural Health Care

December 9, 2016 | 4.0 Law and Legal CLE Credits, pending; 4.0 CNE credits, pending

As racial tensions rise throughout the United States, there is a rising effort throughout the health care community to understand the role of implicit bias as it contributes to perpetuating health disparities. As the nation's largest health care workforce, nurses are instrumental in eliminating health disparities and assuring health equity. The disciplines of law and education have studied implicit bias to examine how individual attitudes and beliefs act as a road block to equitable treatment. The annual Nursing and the Law program addresses the role of implicit bias in barring effective multicultural health care. The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen preparedness to implement practices that create culturally responsive environments.

Ethics with Strait and Boerner 2016

December 16, 2016 • 3 Ethics CLE Credits pending
Two of the most respected and engaging presenters on ethics in Washington again provide a thought-provoking and practical discussion on ethics, your practice and practical advice in assuring you are following the ethics rules.

Upcoming Programs for Spring 2017

Promoting Civility in the Legal Profession in Tuscany, Italy

April 29-May 7, 2017 • 22.0 Law and Legal and 8 Ethics CLE Credits, pending

Relax and reconnect with yourself...develop and deepen relationships...engage in thought-provoking dialogue...and revitalize your commitment to the profession you love.
This popular seminar convenes in Sovana, a charming medieval village surrounded by verdant vineyards and lush olive groves. In this peaceful setting, participants immerse themselves in a continuing education program that integrates lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises that focus on fostering civility in the legal profession. The seminar is complemented by guided excursions through the nearby villages and beautiful countryside.
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