Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 - 11:45 am
Lunch (On your own): 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Afternoon Session: 12:45 - 5:00 pm
Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct G. Peek
and Ethics during Litigation
Duty to preserve client confidences
Duty to keep clients fully informed
Duty to be diligent
Duties of truthfulness, candor and full disclosure
Obtaining and Managing Evidence – M. Spoto,
Including Issues Related to Electronic Evidence J. Waterstraat
What evidence is and is not
Obtaining and preserving evidence
• Documentary evidence
• Reports and expert opinion
• Physical evidence
• Demonstrative evidence
• Identifying types of electronic evidence
• Understanding hardware, software, data storage, encryption, metadata
• Rules governing data storage and protection
• Rules governing discovery of electronic evidence
• Discovering electronic evidence
• Working with forensic technologists
Rules for admissibility of evidence
Competently reviewing and preserving disclosed information
Assisting with Formal Discovery and G. Peek,
Deposition Practice J. Waterstraat
Drafting discovery documents
• Requests for production
• Requests for admission
Responding to discovery requests
Participating in motions to compel
Managing and organizing discovered information
Arranging for depositions and preparing for depositions and deposition follow-up
Investigation Skills for Paralegals J. Waterstraat
Locating and interviewing witnesses
Researching facts of the case
Gathering and reviewing records
Locating and Working with Expert Witnesses M. Spoto
Determining when an expert is needed
Locating experts and reviewing experts’ qualifications
Communicating with experts
Who Should Attend
- Paralegals/Legal Assistants
This seminar offers paralegals 7.0
CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour.
NFPA Approval Pending
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, to paralegals. The National Association of Legal Assistants has approved this course, and it is under review by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.
Please visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for current information on the NFPA course approval status under this course listing.
Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.
George S. Peek
George S. Peek is a shareholder in Crivello Carlson, S.C. Mr. Peek devotes a significant portion of his practice to providing business, real estate and trust and estate services. He counsels both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses to arrive at organization, succession and reorganization solutions, including general business related advice. Since 2007, Mr. Peek has also served as an adjunct professor at Carthage College with the Paralegal Certification Program offered through its Department of Graduate and Professional Studies. His private practice experience includes matters involving contracting, corporate governance and risk management and is premised on gaining an understanding of his clients’ financial and non-financial goals. Mr. Peek represents buyers and sellers in all phases of residential and commercial real estate transactions, including the structuring and closing of sales/acquisitions, the drafting and negotiation of leases and assisting with construction/zoning/land use issues. He assists clients in a broad range of estate planning and administration services, including estate administration, will and trust instruments and guardianships/conservatorships; and, he lectures extensively in this area. Mr. Peek has litigated several complex estate planning issues. He also assists clients with issues arising in creditor/debtor, employment and family law contexts. He is presently serving his third appointed term as a panel arbitrator with the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Panel of Fee Arbitrators.
Marcella S. Spoto
Marcella S. Spoto is a shareholder with Crivello Carlson, S.C. Ms. Spoto has devoted her legal career to representing parties in complex litigation. The breadth of her experience has included cases involving personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, automobile/trucking negligence, nursing home abuse and neglect, premises liability, mass property damage, environmental/toxic tort, and class actions. Her diverse experience includes numerous state and federal trials, both to courts and juries, state and multi-district class actions, and appellate practice. She has routinely taken on the role of lead counsel for trial matters. Ms. Spoto earned her J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Spoto has been admitted Pro Hac Vice to practice in other states around the country.
Jennifer A. Waterstraat
Jennifer A. Waterstraat is a paralegal with Crivello Carlson, S.C. Her principal areas of practice are in toxic tort litigation, personal injury litigation, insurance defense litigation and products liability litigation. Ms. Waterstraat has experience in coordinating investigations relating to a wide range of liability and damage investigations, including medical investigations, employment investigations, public document collection and database management. She assists numerous attorneys in the firm with all aspects of civil litigation from the inception of suit through trial. This includes preparation of documents and materials for all litigation-related activities, including discovery requests, depositions, hearings and trials. Ms. Waterstraat has been successful in developing and analyzing evidence leading to defenses essential to favorable resolution of cases.