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|November 2017 Litigation Boot Camp|
Georgia State University College of Law
November 10, 2017
It’s not too late! You didn’t miss it! Due to Hurricane Irma, the NARCA Litigation Boot Camp – Atlanta has been rescheduled to a court holiday, Veteran’s Day, November 10, 2017. Take advantage of this opportunity to schedule you or someone from your office today. Anyone who was previously registered will be provided all the updated information and registration fees will be applied to the new date or a refund request may be sent to Laura Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NARCA Litigation Boot Camp: Atlanta is the next stop with an essential education offering from NARCA Legal Learning scheduled for November 10, 2017 at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta. Stay at the cutting edge of developments in our industry by gaining the tactical know-how to use legal action as a means of debt collection.
This seminar is designed especially for the new attorney or any attorney looking for a refresher in the nuts and bolts of litigating creditor claims. This intensive 6 hour program of CLE will be presented by a NARCA faculty of experienced trial attorneys - a full day of knowledge, CLE credits and know-how to serve your clients!
A great value at only $265* for NARCA members and $305* for non-members. Registration opens soon. For more information contact Laura Winn at email@example.com or call 202-861-0706.
*price includes lunch.
Georgia State University College of Law
85 Park Pl NE, Room 341
Atlanta, GA 30303
Curriculum & Schedule
9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
9:10 - 10:10 a.m. Pretrial Practice
In this session, our presenters will introduce the basics of commencing litigation. Included will be the theories upon which collection litigation can be brought, drafting pleadings that meet legal requirements and the administrative elements of filing suit, including fees, costs and service of process.
10:10 - 11:10 a.m. Initial Litigation Events
What to expect after filing a complaint? This session will cover the range of possible consumer responses, including informal disputes from pro se consumers, answers, preliminary objections, counterclaims, and associated responses and hearings. Why and what types of discovery might be used and discovery basics will also be discussed.
11:10. - 11:25 a.m. Coffee Break
11:25 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Evidence I - Overview of Evidentiary Concepts
Rules of evidence are critical, even in the relaxed environment of some small claims courts. This introductory session will cover common evidentiary concepts of admissibility, judicial notice, introducing evidence into the record, hearsay and its exceptions, all essential elements to proving claims based on unpaid debt.
12:25 - 1:10 p.m. Break and Lunch Served
1:10 - 2:10 p.m. Avoiding Ethical Minefields: Being Mindful of Where You Step
Collection litigation can generate ethical issues, especially in today’s climate where attorneys can be placed in conflict with their clients by regulatory requirements. How much of a consumer’s personal information can be included in pleadings? What attorney conduct in the course of litigation could lead to allegations of an FDCPA violation? Interactions with pro se debtors and considerations when counterclaims are filed, and more will all be addressed in this session.
2:10 - 3:10 p.m. Evidence II - Introducing Business Records
Almost every collection case will rely on business records. It has become common for courts to require complete documentation when litigating a claim. This vital session will include advice on the evidentiary predicate for the admission of business records in both motion practice and trial, especially those originating with remote account holders. The session will also provide effective techniques to help the debt purchaser prevail at trial and at the appellate level.
3:10 - 3:25 p.m. Break
3:25 - 4:25 p.m. Evidence III - Examination of Witnesses at Trial
The essence of every trial attorney’s practice is the ability to effectively examine live witnesses. This session will cover the who, what, how, when and why’s of witness examination. Direct and cross examination, and use of prior witness statements are core tools that will be covered in this session.
4:25 - 4:30 p.m. Conclusion
Attendees may park in the T-Deck at 43 Auburn Avenue. Attendees must request a spot from NARCA so the parking may be secured and paid in advance.
All reasonable efforts to seek CLE credit for this program will be made via Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee for maximum reciprocity opportunities. In certain instances, some programs may not be awarded CLE credits because of content, jurisdictional or reciprocity restrictions. The Litigation Boot Camp includes a possibility of (6) credits (1 ethics). The amount of credit varies from state to state. All attendees will receive a CLE Attendance Record form they will submit to NARCA at the boot camp or within two weeks following the event.
Financial assistance is available to attend a NARCA Conference. Financial Assistance would cover the registration fee only. All travel expenses would be the responsibility of the applicant. Five financial assistance slots are available for each conference. Applications may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include an affirmation by the applicant that sets forth their financial need. Approval will result in a 50% reduction in the registration fee and currently unemployed attorneys may be considered for a full feel waiver. Please complete the form and email to NARCA at email@example.com .