The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: How to Proactively Prepare Your Witness for a Successful Deposition
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 75 minutes
1:00 PM-2:15 PM Eastern
12:00 PM-1:15 PM Central
11:00 AM-12:15 PM Mountain
10:00 AM- 11:15 AM Pacific
Preparing your witness to be deposed is a critically important skill for any litigator. Nevertheless, many attorneys approach the preparation session as just a quick meeting to “go over” the facts of the case and the mechanics of the deposition itself. Such a narrow view can lead to an unprepared, overwhelmed and nervous witness unnecessarily harming your client’s interests. In reality, effective witness preparation requires that an attorney do much more than just provide a cursory overview of the case --- it requires that the attorney be part teacher, part disciplinarian, and part counselor.
This webinar will walk you through all the nuts and bolts of adequately preparing your witness to be deposed. Topics to be covered will include:
- How to properly explain the relevant legal issues to your witness
- How to best organize and review documents with your witness
- Techniques for instilling confidence in your witness
- The ethical rules implicated in preparing your witness to testify
- Tips your witness can use for combating the difficult examiner
- Confronting conflict and privilege issues before the deposition
- How to prepare for a video deposition
Richard Amador, Partner, Sanchez & Amador, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Kevin P. Broughel, Associate, Paul Hastings LLP, New York, NY
Eric Hoffman, Vice-President, Barclay’s Capital, New York, NY
States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.
ABA live webinars and teleconferences ordinarily receive CLE credit in AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, KY, LA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.
The ABA does not seek direct accreditation of live webinars and teleconferences in IN, KS, NE, NJ, OH, and PA.
The ABA will seek credit for this program in the states indicated on this page. The ABA will seek 1.25 hours of general CLE credit in 60-minute-hour states and 1.5 hours of credit in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. Click here to view a list of 60- and 50-minute-hour states.
Special rules apply to New York-licensed attorneys as follows:
New York: This non-transitional CLE program is approved for experienced NY attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for 1.5 New York CLE credits. Newly admitted attorneys may not earn New York credit for this non-transitional CLE program.
All attorneys may click here to view additional MCLE information for your jurisdiction
Join the ABA and Save!
A current Internet browser, Adobe Flash and high-speed Internet are required. Test your system now.