Trial Advocacy College: Depositions

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Trial Advocacy College: Depositions 

Program Information

Registration Fee:
AAJ and NYSTLA members– $1,095
Nonmembers – $1,375

New Lawyers Discount
If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for ten years or less, you can attend the Depositions College for 25% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college).

Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant.

AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this college and receive 50% off the registration fee if they are employed by and attending with an AAJ plaintiff attorney from the same firm with the same firm address.

CLE Credits: 22

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations for our programs must be submitted in writing.

For more information or assistance, please call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.


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June 6, 2014 - June 8, 2014
Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel & Conference Center
Buffalo, NY

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Precision Resolution

Taking and defending depositions are among the most critical skills every trial lawyer needs. This program combines lectures, demonstrations, and small interactive workshops to offer you a special opportunity to increase your deposition skills, led by masters of the techniques. Over the course of three days, top trial lawyers guide you through a variety of deposition techniques and strategies.

During hands-on workshops in small groups, you receive individual attention and critiques of your skills by highly experienced faculty. Your recorded workshops are yours to take home for further study. Workshop groups are divided based on several factors such as years in practice, experience, and location of your practice. This allows you to work with participants who have a similar skill level.

Learn how to master these critical deposition skills:
• Obtaining complete information
      — Boxing-in
      — Exhaustion
      — Restating/Summarizing
• Structuring the deposition of a difficult witness

"I have been in practice many years, taken hundreds of depositions, and yet this college was rich in practical and fresh information and terrific ideas. The lectures were insightful, in part because of the many clips our faculty put together to illustrate points. I liked the PowerPoints—how everyone summarized their topics and take-aways. The workshops were critical in putting the lectures into practice."
—Susan Dennehy, New York, NY, 37 years in practice

"This was excellent—I would highly recommend to other attorneys."
—Michael P. Fontaine, Providence, RI, 10 years in practice

"The workshops were the best. I liked how the techniques taught in the college were immediately applicable."
—John P. Neblett, Camp Hill, PA, 14 years in practice

"The workshops were the most valuable, provided valuable practice."
—John J. Cord, Columbia, MD, 8 years in practice

"It was terrific to get instruction from the impressive attorney panel that taught this course!"
—Peter R. Masiola, Washington, DC, 28 years in practice

Program Information: Agenda & CLE | Faculty | Housing

Friday, June 6, 2015

Registration (breakfast available)
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Addressing Bias in Depositions
Paul J. Scoptur, WI
Robyn L. Wishart, BC 

Developing a Discovery Plan
David A. Couch, AR

Ten Rules for Effective Depositions
Deirdre E. Ostrowski, CO

Adverse Lay Witness Depositions: Techniques of Exhaustion, Boxing-In, Summarization
Christopher J. O'Brien, NY

Workshop Introductions

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 6:00 pm

Organizing for Expert Depositions and Planning Tactics
Thomas S. McGrath, AL
N. John Bey,GA

Workshop on Taking Depositions: Bias, Sequencing, Exhaustion, Boxing-In, Summarization

Networking reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Continental breakfast available
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:00 noon

Developing Rules and Standards
Paul J. Scoptur, WI

Structuring the Depositions of a Difficult Witness
Karen R. Roberts, TX

General Considerations for Witness Deposition Preparation
Sach D. Oliver, AR
N. John Bey, GA

"Death Star" Depositions: The 30(b)(2) Deposition
Christopher J. O'Brien, NY

Faculty Demonstrations
Sach D. Oliver, AR
Karen R. Roberts, TX
Deirdre E. Ostrowski, CO
David A. Couch, AR

Lunch (on your own)
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session
1:00 - 6:00 pm

Dealing with the Difficult Situation and Attorney
Moderator: David A. Couch, AR
All faculty

Workshop on Deposing the Lay Witness

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Contintental breakfast available
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 - 1:45 pm

Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner
Karen R. Roberts, TX
Christopher J. O'Brien, NY

Later Use of Depositions at Settlement and Trial
Thomas S. McGrath, AL

Workshop on Deposing Expert Witnesses (lunch provided)

Special Assistance
AAJ Education will make every effort to ensure that its meetings are held in facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend our program and need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please call 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.

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