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

8th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium

September 8-9, 2016 | 13.75 Law and Legal CLE Credits approved (WSBA ID #1013133); 13.75 CJE Credits applied for; 13.75 CEU Credits applied for

A collaborative symposium promoting critical and innovative thinking for prosecution, law enforcement, civil and family law attorneys, advocates, judges, law students, social workers, corrections, mental health/healthcare professionals and others responding to survivors of gender-based/domestic violence. In 2016 we will deepen conversations we began last year on violence, trauma, culture and social justice; revisit topics from past symposia such as coercive control, children and batterer management; and bring new material to the table from the Center for Court Innovation and the National Black Women's Justice Institute. 

Legal Writing: A Guide from the Field

September 23, 2016 | 6.0 General CLE Credits pending

Respected academic expert Professor Laurel Oates leads a panel of practitioners on an expedition into the field of legal writing. Attorneys will describe and discuss their own practical and powerful methods of written legal communication, providing you with strategies and techniques that you can use in drafting a variety of legal documents, including contracts, briefs in support or opposition to motions for summary judgment, along with a view of those legal documents from the bench. Professor Oates will be joined by Jason Amala and Gretchen Hoog, along with other experienced legal writers.

Cross-Examination: The Lawyer's Opportunity to Testify

September 30, 2016 | 3.5 Law and Legal CLE Credits pending

Co-sponsored by the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, this program is part of SU School of Law's continuing series on practical and practice-based trial skills. Registration will open shortly.

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.