Litigation and Advocacy Training Courses

 

William Wiley addresses room of attendees

FELTG offers a number of courses to enhance the knowledge and practical skills of those federal employees involved in litigation and hearings before the EEOC, MSPB, FLRA and in arbitration. From basic processes to the most advanced advocacy requirements, FELTG instructors deliver the content in practical, useful modules that provide the student with the tools needed to effectively practice employment law and represent the client when it matters most.


AD-1: Basic MSPB & EEOC Litigation (1 day)

This one-day course walks attendees through the legal theories of the MSPB and EEOC, as well as hearing formats and practices with guidance on witness preparation, evidence, pre-hearing submissions, opening and closing statements, and much more. This is a concise but thorough introduction for those new to the MSPB and EEOC processes.

Course Topics: Litigation timelines; timeliness; pre-hearing motions; discovery; hearing organization and structure; litigation strategies and techniques; writing documents for the MSPB and EEOC.


AD-2: Conducting Effective Discovery (1 day)

Discovery is your opportunity to obtain the information and documents that are critical to your case. But discovery is fraught with pitfalls. This session will cover everything you need to know about this critical stage of the litigation process.

Course Topics: Types of evidence; proper procedures for gathering evidence; interview techniques; deposition rules; dealing with difficult witnesses; witness rights to representation; management rights; union considerations; information requests.


AD-3: Hearings & Witness Preparation (1-2 days)

FELTG’s experienced instructors will methodically describe the keys of each step in prepping your case, whether it’s getting witnesses ready, developing the record, objecting to documents, or preparing your lines of questioning or closing statements. Learn how to prepare an engaging and effective case with FELTG, targeted to the appropriate forum.

Course Topics: Hearing types; examination and cross examination of witnesses; friendly and non-friendly witnesses; emotional witnesses; confrontational witnesses; documentary evidence; tangible physical evidence; credibility factors; prior bad acts; experts; forensic evidence.


AD-4: MSPB & EEOC Hearing Practices (3, 4 or 5 days)

This workshop-based seminar focuses on practicing effectively and successfully in administrative hearings involving federal employment law. Begin by preparing the case when assigned to a team that represents either the agency or the employee, get organized for the hearing, and learn the techniques of effective direct- and cross-examination. Try the case before an Administrative Judge and receive a critique along with the decision. Close out the program with an appreciation for the available appellate procedures.

Course Topics: Focus on practicing effectively and successfully in administrative hearings; preparing a case; getting organized for the hearing; techniques of effective direct and cross-examination; developing, preparing and trying the case. The four or five-day course culminates in a mock hearing.


AD-5: Writing for the Win: Legal Writing in Federal Sector EEO Cases

This workshop-based class covers the fundamentals of good legal writing, before the EEOC, and builds on those basics with sessions targeted to material organization, framing claims, neutral and persuasive writing, and drafting specific documents for the EEOC, including Letters of Acceptance/Dismissal, Final Agency Decisions, Motions for Summary Judgment, Appeals, and EEO Settlement Agreements. Through the use of several in-class writing workshops, you will receive immediate feedback, analysis, and evaluation from FELTG’s experienced instructors. Be ready to write!

Course Topics: The basics: legal writing and citation formats; argumentative approaches; writing from the reader’s perspective; organizational logic; word choice and structure; legal terms; court structure; defining and distinguishing claims, defenses and issues; handling fragmentation issues; F-IRAC in federal sector writing; persuasion; educating the reader; analyzing evidence; organizing arguments; distinguishing cases; writing Letters of Acceptance/Dismissal; drafting legally enforceable settlement agreements; writing Final Agency Decisions; motion practice and summary judgment; writing an effective Motion for Summary Judgment; OFO briefs; EEOC appeals; editing your work.


AD-6: Drafting Legally-Sufficient Discipline & Performance Documents (1 day)

Yes, some federal managers lack the courage to take disciplinary action or to hold poor-performing employees accountable. But the full blame doesn’t lie solely with managers. Legal practitioners and advisors often demand more than is necessary from managers and make everyone’s job too difficult. In this one-day class, you’ll learn the legally-required necessary steps to drafting the most effective discipline and performance documents, and will learn how to streamline the processes in order to to take actions more efficiently.

Course Topics: The foundations of the civil service; accountability for misconduct; discipline fundamentals and nexus; major options to discipline; probationary employees; misconduct v. unacceptable performance; the five elements of discipline; the procedures of discipline and appeal; drafting proposal notices, decision letters, legal requirements for performance standards; Performance Demonstration Period implementation memos and proposal and decision letters.


AD-7: Recent Developments in Federal Sector Employment Law (1 day)

One case. One executive order. Either can immediately turn federal sector employment law upside down. This comprehensive daylong course will help ensure that you don’t make an embarrassing mistake simply because you weren’t paying attention. We’ll review recent notable cases and reports from all the third-party adjudicatory and legislative bodies, but more importantly, we’ll also provide with these updates the in-depth analysis you expect from FELTG’s seasoned instructors.

Course Topics: The very latest on the MSPB, EEOC, FLRA, OSC & OPM; new legislation; regulations; case law; Executive Orders; policy initiatives; recent trends

Upcoming Litigation and Advocacy Training Events


Feb
3
Wed
Virtual Training Event – The Performance Equation: Providing Feedback That Makes a Difference
Feb 3 all-day

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There is one action you can take that, when done effectively, could have a major impact on your team’s morale and productivity. This action is something that you should be doing on a regular basis, yet it’s often overlooked amid your busy schedule. What’s this transformative action? It’s giving your employees honest, and ongoing, feedback.

During this half-day interactive virtual training experience, FELTG Instructor Anthony Marchese, Ph.D., will equip participants with the necessary tools to nurture a culture of candor that will lead to healthy and actionable feedback. You’ll learn best practices for motivating and recognizing employees, and neuroscience-based strategies for maximizing performance even when leading employees in a virtual environment. Dr. Marchese will also expose feedback myths and share the ineffective practices that you need to avoid.

Don’t let anxiety, frustration, or confusion prevent you from having honest performance-related discussions with your employees. Providing feedback effectively is a skill that can — and should — be developed. Fix performance problems before they begin. Make your agency a more efficient place to work.

This interactive session will include breakout groups, giving participants a chance to interact with each other.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Communicate performance expectations.
  • Supervise effectively in a virtual environment.
  • Differentiate between positive and negative framing.
  • Identify behavioral styles, including your own, to provide feedback that is better understood and more useful.

Also, you will have numerous  opportunities to ask questions about the unique problems you’re facing during these unprecedented times. This program runs from 12:30 – 4:00 eastern, with a 30-minute break from 2:00 – 2:30 eastern.

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Instructor

Anthony Marchese

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition (register by January 22): $325
  • Standard Tuition (register January 23 – February 3): $365
  • Rates per registrant.
  • Want to register a group? Group discounts for 10 or more attendees are available through January 22. Contact FELTG.

 

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Zoom for this Virtual Training Institute events. Many government computers and systems allow Zoom access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device. You may also attend the training event as an audio training, by dialing in over the phone and following along with the materials independently.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals. Group discounts are available through October 15.

Cancellation and No-show Policy for Registered Participants: Cancellations made after the cancel date on the registration form will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. Pre-paid training using the “Pay Now” option will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

Feb
23
Tue
Virtual Training Event – A Higher Standard: Disciplining Law Enforcement Officers for Misconduct
Feb 23 all-day

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As rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6, it was the heroic actions of an under-staffed Capitol Police team that likely saved numerous lives, including those of many Members of Congress and their staff. Unfortunately, the lives of two Capitol officers have been lost.

The Federal workforce is full of talented and brave law enforcement personnel across many agencies. Yet, just as there is a small minority of misbehaving and toxic Federal workers, the same applies to Federal LEOs. In fact, a number of Federal LEOs have been suspended and others are being investigated as a result of their actions during the riot. And after reports of police officers being identified among the rioters, the promises to be deeper investigations into the infiltration of Federal and non-Federal officers affiliated with hate and white supremacy groups.

This creates a lot of questions regarding LEO conduct:

  • How do conduct standards for LEOs differ from other employees?
  • Are conduct standards for IG employees the same as other LEOs?
  • What kinds of conduct could cause an LEO to have a security clearance revoked?
  • When should an agency consider an indefinite suspensions and invoking the crime provision?
  • What proof does the agency need to provide if the employee appeals her removal?

Attorney and FELTG Instructor Ann Boehm will highlight the Douglas factors that are of specific importance when disciplining officers, explain the MSPB’s role when a security clearance is revoked, discuss Giglio  issues, and identify the pitfalls that agencies need to avoid when disciplining Federal LEOs. The framework provided will apply to all your agency’s discipline cases whether the conduct involves storming the Capitol, lack of candor, insubordination, and everything in between.

Ms. Boehm spent 26 years as a government attorney, more than half of that time focusing primarily on employment and labor law in federal law enforcement agencies, so she’s just the person to answer any questions you might have – and she’ll do so in this live event.

This is an important topic that can’t be ignored. It is a matter of national security and must be handled appropriately. We hope you’ll join us.

Download Individual Registration Form

Instructor

Ann Boehm

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition (register by February 8): $340
  • Standard Tuition (register February 9 or later): $380
  • Rates per registrant.
  • Want to register a group? Group discounts for 10 or more attendees are available through February 8. Contact FELTG.

 

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Webex to broadcast this Virtual Training Institute event. Many government computers and systems allow Webex access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • What if I want to attend a session but have a schedule conflict?
    • FELTG plans to record this session, and will make the recording available for purchase after the conclusion of the event.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals. Group discounts are available through X.

Cancellation and No-show Policy for Registered Participants: Cancellations made after the cancel date on the registration form will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. Pre-paid training using the “Pay Now” option will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

 

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