New Lawyer Training 2018

May 18, 2018

Location: University of Mississippi School of Law, Room 1090

led by Jennifer Ingram Johnson, Esq.

PART 2: CRIMINAL LAW PRACTICE 101 (3 hours basic skills)
led by Charles William “Chet” Kirkham, Esq.


Friday, May 18

8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Managing and Educating your client:
~ Initial Consultation
~ Contract/Letters of Engagement
~ Rules of Procedure and Law of Case
~ Discovery
~ Mediation and Settlement
~ Trial
~ Post-Trial
~ Training Office Staff and Systemizing Office Procedures for maximizing positive relationship with Clients

A break mid-point in this material will be given at instructor’s discretion

10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. BREAK
10:45-11:45 a.m.

Professional Responsibility
Bar Complaint Process (for when attorney/client relationship goes South)
Other Select Rules of Professional Responsibility related to Client Relationship

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. LUNCH on your own
1:00-2:30 p.m.

A Break Down of Mississippi Court Systems
• Felony and Misdemeanor Charges from Beginning to End
• Appeals
• Charging Documents
• Discovery (What it is, Limits, and How to Do It)
• Bonds
• Real World Examples of How Felony Criminal Prosecution Works

3:30–2:45 p.m.


2:45-4:15 p.m.

Constitutional Law Overview and Rules of Evidence/Procedure
• 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments: Practical Aspects of How they come up/issues you will face
• What to Argue and How to Argue
• Rules of Evidence 401, 404, 609, 612, 613, 615, 801-805, 901
• Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure 12, 17.4
• Practical Examples and Tactics/Strategy of Motion Practice in Criminal Law

4:15 p.m. Adjourn

Open Enrollment

Registration is open to all interested parties including attorneys, judges, legal assistants, and law office staff. Walk–ins will be accepted on a space–available basis. If you plan to attend and do not pre-register, please call the UM-CLE office at (662) 915-6738 to determine space availability. Written materials will be given on the day of the seminar.

Pre–registration is encouraged.



Please complete the registration form and return it along with your payment to the address listed on the form. To register by fax, please complete the form and include your Visa or MasterCard number and expiration date. The fax number is (662) 915-5267, or register using our secure online registration. Registrants will receive additional information with their written confirmation from UM-CLE.

CLE Credit

This course offered by UM-CLE has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for up to 6 CLE credits including 3 hours of Ethics/Professionalism. Registrants seeking mandatory CLE credit from another state should contact UM-CLE in advance of the seminar.


Refunds will be given as follows:

  • Two business days prior to the seminar, registration fee less a $25 administrative charge.
  • One business day prior to the seminar, materials and registration fee less $75 OR transfer the registration fee to someone else in your firm or to an upcoming CLE seminar.
  • No call, no show will receive materials only, no refunds. In the unlikely event a seminar is canceled, registrants will be notified and issued full refunds.

In the unlikely event a seminar is canceled, registrants will be notified and issued full refunds.


Hotel Accommodations

Convenient accommodations are available at The Inn at Ole Miss. Please call the hotel directly at (888) 486-7666; (local) 234-2331 to reserve your room. The Inn at Ole Miss is adjacent to the Yerby Conference Center.

Accommodation of Special Needs

If you require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Renee Moore-Cain at (662) 915-6738 prior to the seminar.