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About the Book
Effective Depositions is a comprehensive, practical guide through every stage of the deposition process. It concisely covers the law of depositions and related discovery issues and gives a clear, thorough understanding of the process and its practical challenges so that either taker or defender can make the best use of the opportunities the process offers.
Whether you are a seasoned veteran of depositions or a first-timer, you will get techniques and strategies for effectively:
Preparing for a deposition, whether as taker or defender
Taking a deposition
Defending a witness
Using (or countering) the deposition at trial
And -- avoiding costly, damaging mistakes along the way
This edition covers timely subjects such as realtime transcription, video depositions, the Fifth Amendment on civil depositions, issues for women at depositions, and handling deposition discovery disputes. The appendices offer quick, practical guides for handling skills, such as asking questions about a conversation for purposes of discovery, asking questions about a document, making objections, and using depositions at trial.
The book helps navigate through the legal and practical problems and issues that may be encountered with each deposition. It contains numerous case studies and clearly-explained examples, in addition to models, sample forms and checklists.
"Henry Hecht's second edition of Effective Depositions is not just an ordinary update of a really fine book. It has first-rate contributions on the law and deposition techniques from eighteen other lawyers, teachers and judges who are leaders in the field of litigation. If you have only one book on depositions, this should be it."
James W. McElhaney Author of McElhaney's Trial Notebook and the monthly column "McElhaney on Litigation" in the ABA Journal
" Depositions are the backbone of all civil discovery. This exhaustive compendium gives the practitioner, from soup to nuts, the Federal Rules that govern depositions, the case law that covers those rules, and the strategies and tactics of taking and defending depositions. This revised edition leaves in all that was so thorough about the first edition and adds new subjects and detailed appendices. Every lawyer will find something of use in this new edition of Effective Depositions."
Edna Selan Epstein Author of The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine
"This useful new book offers a wealth of practical advice as well as important strategic and tactical concerns that attorneys taking or defending depositions should consider. The volume takes a step-by-step approach to depositions, from advance preparation to questioning techniques, the application of evidentiary principles, objections, technological innovations, and the use of deposition testimony at trial. It covers expert depositions and other special situations and addresses problems that may arise during depositions. The book also includes useful forms and examples. All in all, the second edition of this important volume will be an excellent reference on a critical aspect of most lawsuits."
Jerold S. Solovy Chairman Emeritus Jenner & Block LLP