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The Road to Trial



Approved for 1.0 hour of Substantive CLE by NALA.

The Road to Trial can have many roadblocks. Summary judgment disposes of many cases. It has been years, where are the witnesses? Getting ready for trial begins not in the days before it is scheduled but even before the complaint is filed. Join me to talk about how you can assist the attorneys in getting the case to trial. We will talk about interviewing witnesses, ethics, discovery, depositions, drafting subpoenas, preparing exhibits, do you need a trial binder (paper or electronic), and more. We are going to move fast in this presentation so get your seatbelts ready!

Caren Mansfield has been employed as a paralegal since 1987 by the same firm. She is employed by the law offices of Baker, Baker & Krajewski LLC in Springfield, Illinois and specializes in labor and employment law litigation. She is a graduate of the American Institute for Paralegal Studies and obtained the credential of Certified Legal Assistant (now Certified Paralegal) in 1996. She has been a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association since 1988 and served on its Board of Directors as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The year she was President the IPA saw its highest membership. She has participated as a speaker at the IPA's Education Seminars, at an NFPA Education Seminar, Legal Up seminars and in other public settings on topics ranging from Discovery, Ethics, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Filing a Charge of Discrimination through Trial, Law Office Administration and more. She is on the NFPA Ethics Board. For 17 years she submitted articles regarding paralegals several times a month to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's Legal Employment Weekly. She serves as a mentor to paralegals.

THIS SESSION IS PART OF THE SPRING EDUCATION CONFERENCE: All sessions will be hosted on IPA Connect. The cost of the Spring Education Conference (10 one-hour sessions in total) is $99 for members and $149 for prospective members. Prospective members who wish to join the IPA can do so and attend the Spring Education Conference at the discounted member rate.

Registration and payment on IPA Connect is required (members will need to be logged in to the IPA Connect platform to register at the discounted rate - if you don't remember your password, enter your email address associated with your IPA membership and click to reset your password).

When it is time to join this webinar, you will log into IPA Connect, click on "Events", then on "Conferences", and join the live event on Zoom.

Questions? Contact IPA's Executive Director, Yvonne Kriss, at

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Yvonne Kriss
815-630-3535 (p)
Education Conferences
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