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A Paralegal's Guide for Drafting Pleadings

Understand how to assist attorneys in litigation by efficiently and effectively drafting pleadings.

Navigating in the federal court system can be intimidating, especially when you are commencing or defending a case. It is important to know the difference between a pleading and a motion and how the various documents in pre-trial procedure will benefit the client. This course examines common errors made, best practices and practical procedural and best practice tips to ensure success for your client and attorney in pleading and motion practice. Also, learn about new trends and rules.

63 minutes
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Agenda

Pleadings

  • What Is a Pleading
  • Rule 11
  • Timing After Pleading Is Filed and Served

Best Practices When Drafting Complaint and Answer

  • Investigation
  • Causes of Action, Possible Counterclaims, Other Claims
  • Drafting
  • Waiver of Defenses

Requirements for Complaint

  • Heightened Pleading Standard
  • Pleading Special Matters
  • Particularity

Docketing Tips

  • Service
  • Default
  • Time Frames Under Rules for Pleadings, Motions, Discovery

Motion Practice

  • Motions to Dismiss
  • Motions for Summary Judgement
  • Discovery Motions
  • Meet and Confer

Timelines and Best Practices

  • Background Work for MSJ and Trial Preparation
  • Timelines
  • Sanctions
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This course was last revised on May 2, 2023.

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  • NALA 1.07
     
  • This program is applicable for continuing legal assistant education credit. Please check with your accrediting board to see if this course will qualify towards your recertification requirements. Program Length: 1.07 hour(s).
     
  • NFPA 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for 1.0 hours of NFPA continuing education credit.
     

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Dennis I. Wilenchik, Esq.

Dennis I. Wilenchik, Esq.

Wilenchik & Bartness, P.C.

  • Managing partner at Wilenchik & Bartness, P.C., Phoenix, Arizona, established in 1991
  • Focused on trial work for more than 40 years and has tried hundreds of cases, both civil and criminal, for many high-profile individuals, companies, politicians and government entities, and officials
  • Practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on real estate and business
  • Nationally certified civil trial advocate for over 30 years with the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a member of various American Bar Association committees, including the Trial Practice and Evidence Committees
  • Spoken at numerous seminars on trials and evidence, e-discovery, admissibility of email and Internet evidence, the rules of civil procedure and their impact on electronically stored information, the importance of deposition summaries in trial preparation, and other trial preparation courses
  • Rated as a Super Lawyer by Thomson-Reuters, achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory┬«, a member of AZ Finest Lawyers, a Lawyer of Distinction, and has been voted Best Trial Lawyer in Arizona Foothills Magazine three years in a row
  • Licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in Arizona and Texas, the state of New York, the United States Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Licensed to practice in Arizona, Texas, New York, and the District of Columbia
  • J.D. degree, South Texas College of Law; B.A. degree, magna cum laude, Brooklyn College of the City University, New York
  • Can be contacted at 602-606-2810, [email protected], or [email protected]
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Product ID: 410189
Published 2023
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