Advanced Depositons College Agenda

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Advanced Depositons College Agenda 

Program Information

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 Open only to AAJ Plaintiff Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President's Club, and Leaders Forum ) or AAJ Paralegal Affiliates.

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 (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President's Club, or Leaders Forum) with the same firm address.

CLE Credits: 27

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All cancellations for our programs must be submitted in writing.

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Friday, January 17

Registration (continental breakfast available)
7:30 – 8:00 am 

Morning Session
8:00 am - Noon

Welcome and Introductions
Developing a Discovery Plan
• How juror attitudes affect your deposition strategy
• Making these attitudes work for you in depositions
• Linking premises to conclusions
• The role of logic in developing your plan

The 30(b)(6) notice: Strategy and Practice
• Goals
• What are the case central issues to explore?
• Crafting the notice of deposition

 Workshop:  Discovery Plan and Witness Goals
• What attitudes apply
• Goals for each lay witness—three take-aways
• What are the landmines for each case?
• How do we make the defenses irrelevant, incorrect or immaterial

Networking lunch
12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Afternoon Session
1:00 - 5:45 pm

“Death Star” Depositions:  Combining the 30(b)(2), 30(b)(6) and 34 Deposition into the Death Star
• Finding all the documents
• Using a 30(b)(2) deposition to discover case dispositive information
• Altered records:  Lock the defendant in, then impeach with the originals
• Using the “smoking gun” document

Deposing the Difficult/Evasive Witness
• One fact, one question
• Using exhibits for control
• Establishing deposition protocol/rules

Deposition Techniques
• Exhaustion
• Boxing-in
• Restating and summarizing
• Nonverbals, mirroring

 Workshop on Lay Witnesses:  Exhaustion, Boxing-in, Restating and Summarizing, Nonverbals, Mirroring 

Networking Reception
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Saturday, January 18

Continental Breakfast Available
8:00 – 8:30 am 

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:45 pm

Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct with Defense Witnesses

Using Neuroscience, Decision Making and Storytelling in Deposition
• Shared common experience
• Social pigeons
• Using rhetorical questions in depositions

 Workshop:  Document Discovery/“Death Star” Depositions

Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 2:00 pm 

Afternoon Session
2:00 - 5:30 pm

Critical Thinking: Anticipating the Defenses
• Finding Landmines and rebuttals
• Finding the facts that make the landmines irrelevant, immaterial or incorrect

 Workshop:  Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct

Sunday, January 19

Continental Breakfast Available
8:00 – 8:30 am 

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Dealing with the Rambo Litigator (ethics)
• Use of ethics rules
• Use of deposition protocol
• Redwood v. Dobson

Witness Preparation
• The dos and don’ts
• Unpacking the witness & setting the tone
• Practice Q & A:  Diagnosing witness strengths and weaknesses
• Delivering quality feedback
• Checking in with your witness to assess the prep

Special Considerations for Deposing Experts
• Establishing facts and theories favorable to your case
• Daubert
• Silver bullets

Lunch (on your own)
12:00 – 1:15 pm 

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 5:00 pm

Deposing the DME
• Establishing bias
• Polarizing your case
• Hitchhiking

How NOT to depose the DME
• What words not to use
• Video examples of what not to do

 Workshop: Deposing Experts and Storytelling in Depositions

Monday, January 20

Continental Breakfast Available
8:00 – 8:30 am 

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

How to Effectively Record Your Depositions
• How to do your own video
• Software, hardware
• Use at trial

Considerations when Deposing Specific Witnesses
• Eyewitness
• Treating physician
• Economist
• Vocational/life care planner
• Trucking expert

Bringing It All Together
• Summarization of key points from each lecture
• Vignettes for key points

MCLE/NCA Requirements

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