Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Agenda

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Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Agenda 

Program Information

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Early Bird Registration:
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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: 21.5

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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

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

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Addressing Bias in Depositions
• How bias affects your deposition strategy
• Using the deposition to overcome bias
Developing a Discovery Plan
• Who, what, when, where, and why to depose
• The written plan
• Sequencing your discovery
• Identifying your weakness 
Ten Rules for Effective Depositions
• Controlling the environment of the depositions
• Developing goals
• Obtaining material for cross

Adverse Lay Witness Depositions:  Techniques of Exhaustion, Boxing-In, Summarization
• Making the witness tell you everything he or she knows
• Summarizing techniques to keep the witness from changing his or her testimony
• Cementing the witness’ testimony
• Miller Mousetrap

Workshop Introductions

Lunch (on your own)
12:15 – 1:15 pm 

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 6:00 pm

Organizing for Expert Depositions and Planning Tactics
• Exploration of Expert Witness Opinions
• Using documents and learned treatises
• Exploiting the opponent’s weaknesses

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

Networking Reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Continental breakfast available
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 - 12:00 noon

Developing Rules and Standards
Structuring the Deposition of a Difficult Witness
• How to identify the difficult witness
• How to control the difficult witness
• The one fact, one question approach
• How to deal with nonresponsive answers
General Considerations for Witness Deposition Preparation
• Special considerations for client preparation

“Death Star” Depositions:  The 30(b)(2) Deposition
• Finding All the Documents
• Using a 30(b)(2) Deposition to Discover Case Dispositive Information
• Depositions of Corporate Representatives:  30(b)(6) Deposition
• Crafting the Notice for your Case; for Contention Depositions Related to Defenses; Demonstration of Questions to Establish the Witness Speaks for the Corporation; Relationship between Rules 30(b)(6) and 32
• Setting the Course for Trial and Making the Plaintiff’s Case:  The 30(b)(6) Deposition Strategy, Goals, and Techniques to Nail the Defendant

Faculty Demonstrations
• Exhaustion
• Rules and Standards

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

Afternoon session
1:00 - 6:00 pm

Dealing with the Difficult Situation and Attorney (ethics)
• Redwood v. Dobson
• Handling objections
• Instructions not to answer
• Calling the judge

Workshop on Deposing the Lay Witness

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Continental breakfast available
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 - 1:45 pm

Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner/Trial Deposition of Expert
• Gaining concessions
• Developing cross material
• Obtaining information for use by your expert
• Discovery of economic interest

Later Use of Depositions at Settlement and Trial
Workshop on Deposing Expert Witnesses/Preparing for Cross at Trial
(Lunch will be provided)

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