Depositions College: Sharpening Your Skills

Trial Advocacy College

Thursday, June 06, 2024

2:00 – 5:10 P.M.
Day 1

Welcome Announcements and Introductions

Developing a Discovery Plan

  • Who, what, when, where, and why to depose
  • The written plan
  • Understanding the legal framework

Techniques of Exhaustion/Boxing-In, and Restating

  • 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's testimony

Faculty Q&A

Workshop: Exhaustion, Boxing-In, Restating, and Summarization

Thursday, June 13, 2024

2:00 – 5:10 P.M.
Day 2

Welcome Announcements and Introductions

Identifying the Rules and Standards

  • Finding and Drafting Rules
  • Standards of Care

Structuring the Miller Mousetrap

Faculty Q&A

Workshop: Rules and the Miller Mousetrap

Thursday, June 20, 2024

2:00 – 5:10 P.M.
Day 3

Welcome Announcements and Introductions

Deposing the 30(b)(6) Witness

How to Use Exhibits to Enhance your Deposition Skills and Prepare for Trial

  • Document Combining
  • Marking Up Exhibits
  • Sharing Exhibits

Faculty Q&A

Workshop: 30(b)(6)and Using Exhibits

  • Creating a 30(b)(6) outline

Thursday, June 27, 2024

2:00 – 5:10 P.M.
Day 4

Techniques for Dealing with Difficult and Evasive Witnesses

  • How to identify and control the difficult witness
  • The one fact, one question approach
  • How to deal with nonresponsive answers

Ethical Considerations for Dealing with Deposition Obstruction

  • Proper and Improper Objections: Legal and Ethical Considerations
  • How to Effectively Handle Obstructive Tactics
  • Sanctions and Other Creative Tactics to Deter Obstructive Behavior

Faculty Q&A

Workshop: Dealing with Difficult Witnesses, Evasive Witnesses, and Objections