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Depositions College: Sharpening Your Skills

Trial Advocacy College

Friday, April 30, 2021

2:00 - 2:05 p.m.
Moderator Instructions
2:05 - 2:30 p.m.
Developing a Discovery Plan
  • Who, what, when, where, and why to depose
  • The written plan
  • Understanding the legal framework
2:30 - 2:55 p.m.
Techniques of Exhaustion/Boxing-In, and Restating
  • Making the witness tell you everything he or she knows
  • Cementing the witness's testimony
2:55 - 3:10 p.m.
Faculty Q&A
3:10 - 5:10 p.m.
Workshop: Exhaustion, Boxing-In, and Restating

Friday, May 07, 2021

2:00 - 2:05 p.m.
Moderator Instructions
2:05 - 2:30 p.m.
Techniques of Summarization
  • Summarizing techniques to keep the witness from changing his or her testimony
2:30 - 2:55 p.m.
How to Use Exhibits to Enhance Your Deposition Skills and Prepare for Trial
  • Document Combining
  • Marking Up Exhibits
  • Sharing Exhibits
2:55 - 3:10 p.m.
Faculty Q&A
3:10 - 5:10 p.m.
Workshop: Summarization and Using Exhibits

Friday, May 14, 2021

2:00 - 2:05 p.m.
Moderator Instructions
2:05 - 2:30 p.m.
Identifying the Rules and Standards
  • Finding and Drafting Rules
  • Standards of Care
2:30 - 2:55 p.m.
Structuring the Miller Mousetrap
2:55 - 3:10 p.m.
Faculty Q&A
3:10 - 5:10 p.m.
Workshop: Rules and the Miller Mousetrap

Friday, May 21, 2021

2:00 - 2:05 p.m.
Moderator Instructions
2:05 - 2:30 p.m.
Techniques for Dealing with Difficult Witnesses and Evasive Witnesses
  • How to identify and control the difficult witness
  • The one fact, one question approach
  • How to deal with nonresponsive answers
2:30 - 2:55 p.m.
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
2:55 - 3:10 p.m.
Faculty Q&A
3:10 - 5:10 p.m.
Workshop: Dealing with Difficult Witnesses, Evasive Witnesses, and Objections