Trial Advocacy College: Depositions

February 22, 2018 to February 24, 2018
Program Information:

Ft. Lauderdale Marriott North | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher

About the College:

Taking and defending depositions are critical skills for every trial lawyer.  AAJ Education’s Depositions College combines lectures, demonstrations, and small-group, interactive workshops led by experienced faculty to give you practical, proven techniques that you can apply immediately to your practice. 

You’ll receive individual attention and skill critique in a supportive, responsive environment with colleagues at a similar skill and practice level.

You’ll learn:

  • How to create an effective discovery plan
  • Strategies for dealing with a difficult attorney
  • Essential deposition techniques including sequencing, exhaustion, and boxing-in
  • How to establish rules and utilize the Miller Mousetrap method
  • How to successfully depose the defense expert witness

Plus, seminars will cover how to structure your depositions, witness preparation, 30(b)(6) and 30(b)(2) Depositions, and using depositions at settlement and trial.

Registration Fees:

On or before December 14, 2017: $975 for AAJ Members | $1,225 for nonmembers
After December 14, 2017: $1,095 for AAJ Members | $1,375 for nonmembers

  • 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.) Discount not available online--please call 800-622-1791 to register.
  • Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant. Discount not available online--please call 800-622-1791 to register.

Not an AAJ member? Call 202-965-3500, ext. 8612 to register.


“Whether you have been practicing for twenty minutes or twenty years, you will leave the AAJ Depositions College with new tools to immediately employ to leverage additional value in your cases and sharpen your trial skills.” 
– Nicholas Maxwell, Mankato, MN

“This program was incredibly enlightening! I have learned so many concrete tips to improve my deposition practice. The workshops provided a safe, supportive environment to practice the new skills we’ve been working on. The faculty were all fantastic – smart, clear, and engaging – and I would highly recommend this program to others.” 
– Emily Rock, Bridgeport, CT

“This program should be an essential part of any young attorney’s legal education. I now feel like I can handle the demands of a deposition effectively.” 
– Fabian Rincon, Atlanta, GA

“After attending this program I now have a whole new approach and game plan for depositions. I wish I had taken this course even earlier in my career.”
– Melissa Hague, Philadelphia, PA

“This was an outstanding program taught by an excellent group of very educated faculty. You’ll leave with a much firmer foundation and confidence for both taking and defending your depositions.” 
– Dennis Charles Dukes, Charleston, SC

Contact Education 800.622.1791 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 |


AAJ has a limited number of rooms available at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North at a special group rate of $195.00 per night for standard room, plus any applicable taxes and fees. To reserve a room, please CLICK HERE or call the Marriott Reservations number at 1-800-319-5705 and state that you are booking with the American Association for Justice. For cancellations or alterations to existing reservations, please contact the hotel directly. AAJ is not responsible for cancellation or early departure fees.

The cut-off date for reservations at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North Hotel is February 2, 2018.​

Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
6650 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: (954) 771-0440
Toll Free: 1-800-319-5705

Your registration includes:

• 17.25 hours of continuing legal education and NCA credits, including one hour of ethics, which can be applied towards AAJ's professional recognition programs
• Recorded workshops with personalized critiques
• Comprehensive reference materials provided on a USB drive
• Complimentary daily continental breakfast and coffee
• Boxed lunch

Who should attend:

This trial skills college will benefit plaintiff trial lawyers at all levels of experience. By networking and interacting with experienced trial lawyers in the field, every participant will find answers to even the most challenging issues.

This college is open to both AAJ members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum) and non-members and is designed for plaintiff trial lawyers at all levels of experience. For more information about eligibility requirements, please contact AAJ Education directly. 

Program Location:

Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
6650 N Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309


Call us. We'll provide you with names and phone numbers of previous attendees of AAJ Education programs who will be pleased to answer your questions. Or, if you prefer to speak with a course advisor or faculty member, we will arrange that as well. Call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, extension 8612.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for CLE/MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  In many jurisdictions, final approval is not available prior to the program and contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards.  Total available credit hours may vary by jurisdiction.  AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. CLE questions may be addressed by reading our FAQ calling the CLE Coordinator at 800-424-2725, ext. 8335 or 202-965-3500, ext. 9594.​

Click here to learn more about AAJ's Professional Recognition Programs, Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) and Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA), or call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 9594. The Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) provides Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate recognition to AAJ members. To gain ARP credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.

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.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing on or before February 7, 2018 will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing February 8 - 14, 2018 will result in a voucher for 50% of the fee, which may be applied toward any AAJ Education college, seminar, or webinar held within one calendar year of the date of issue. Requests for refunds or vouchers received within one week of the program will not be honored. AAJ is not responsible for any room cancellation fees or other travel fees which result from your cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Fax or email your cancellation letter to the registrar at 202-625-7084 or

Contribute to the AAJ Education Fund:

Please consider a donation to the AAJ Education Fund 501(c)(3). Contributions support educational programs and activities to preserve and protect the civil justice system. Learn more>>

Terms and Conditions:

The American Association for Justice reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, refuse entrance to the event and/or remove any individual from the event whose behavior is disruptive and/or is not consistent with the character and purpose of the event. All American Association for Justice badges are the property of the American Association for Justice and must be returned upon request.

By registering for this AAJ Education program, you agree to receive electronic, written, and telephonic communication from AAJ staff regarding the program and to have your name, firm, city, and state included on the participant and exhibitor/sponsor roster.  AAJ may also need to contact you to service your membership record or to provide you with information about your membership, products and services, and advocacy and legislative updates.  By providing your contact information, including phone number, fax number, and email address, you consent and give permission for AAJ to contact you by any of those means, which may include calls to your mobile phone, faxes, or emails. You may contact AAJ at any time to change your preferences.

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