MCLE Class List

November Series

Title: USER FRIENDLY LEGAL WRITING
Date:11/16/2017
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: J. Angelo DeSantis, JD
This is a companion class to “Short, Clear, and Organized Legal Writing” offered at the Sacramento County Public Law Library.

Writing is a tool for communication. When we write, we communicate in ways that go beyond mere substance. Where we split paragraphs and sections, how we create and nest headings, how we start paragraphs, communicates to our reader. By understanding the many ways our writing communicates beyond the substance, we can make our writing easier to absorb and comprehend.

This class explores this concept through topics including structuring discussions of law and cases, signaling direction changes to the reader, knowing when to split paragraphs, creating helpful introductions, placing rebuttals and counterarguments, creating meaningful headings, building useful string cites with parentheticals, transitioning between paragraphs, organizing facts, and more.

December Series

Title: Microsoft® Word 2016: PART A -Solving Layout Issues, Formatting & Styles, Find/Replace, and Using Quick Parts
Date:12/04/2017
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 3 hrs
MCLE Credit: 0
Registration Fee:$75.00

Instructor: Cheri Boyer
This hands-on computer course covers the new features found in MS Word 2016. Are you having problems with the new file layouts? Are your numbered lines not lining up? We will help clear up the mystery of the new layouts. You will learn how to create a document, format text and use text enhancements, insert graphic elements, add headers and footers, insert dates and numbering, apply styles, search and replace within a document, and more for legal documents and forms.

Title: Legal Research: Part A – California Statutes
Date:12/05/2017
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 2.5 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2.5
Registration Fee:$30.00

Instructor: SCPLL Law Librarians
Learn how to recognize and locate California laws, in print and on-line, and how to use the Annotated Codes. This class will also cover secondary sources, which provide interpretation and context, and are often used as “side doors” into the official statutes.

Title: Legal Research: Part B- California Cases
Date:12/06/2017
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 2.5 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2.5
Registration Fee:$30.00

Instructor: SCPLL Law Librarians
This class covers how California case law is developed and organized. You will learn how to locate cases in printed resources and on-line. Secondary sources will be included in the demonstration of methods researchers use to find relevant judicial opinions.

Title: Microsoft® Word 2016: Part B – Creating Tables, Incorporating Citations and Captions, Mail Merge, Track Changes, and Applying Collaborative Tools
Date:12/11/2017
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 3 hrs
MCLE Credit: 0
Registration Fee:$75.00

Instructor: Cheri Boyer
This hands-on computer course covers how to create, manage and revise Word documents. Among the topics are: performing mail merges; editing PDF documents in word; adding reference marks and notes; adding footnotes and endnotes; using compare documents functions; creating tables of contents and tables of authorities; and collaborating in real-time with co-authoring.

Title: Drafting Demurrer-Proof and Sanction-Proof Complaints
Date:12/13/2017
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: Eli Roth, J.D.
This presentation will cover the essential elements of a Complaint, i.e., identification of the parties, factual allegations, all relevant Causes of Action, Demand for Judgment and verification. It will comprise foundational and drafting considerations, “Special Demurrers,” surviving a Sanction Motion, and using resources.

Title: TYPOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF CREATING EFFECTIVE LEGAL DOCUMENTS
Date:12/14/2017
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Duration: 2 hrs
MCLE Credit: 2
Registration Fee:$55.00

Instructor: J. Angelo deSantis, J.D.
This class will explore typographical techniques to improve the appearance of legal documents, including briefs, motions, memos, letters, and resumes. The techniques are foundational in Matthew Butterick’s groundbreaking book Typography for Lawyers. The techniques are practical, surprisingly interesting, and occasionally controversial (Is it one or two spaces after a sentence? Is Courier a good choice?).

Title: Microsoft® Word 2016: PART C – Advanced Tools
Date:12/18/2017
Start Time: 1:30 PM
Duration: 3 hrs
MCLE Credit: 0
Registration Fee:$75.00

Instructor: Cheri Boyer
This hands-on computer course covers how to work with advanced tools. Topics will include:: Macros, AutoCorrect, and collaborating with MS Word and Skype. You will learn what meta data is, and why you might want to remove it, and how to remove it, using the Document Inspector and other tools. We will look at what a template is and why you should use them.

In addition, Ms. Boyer will demonstrate how to share large files using Microsoft® One Drive.