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Live Webinar

Essentials of Taking and Defending a Deposition

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes


The American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Section of Intellectual Property Law and the Center for Professional Development

1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain

10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific

Program Description

Over 98% of all civil cases filed in Federal court are resolved short of trial. When a litigator questions a witness today, it is far more likely to be in a law office at a deposition rather than in a courtroom at trial.  For that reason, depositions are a crucial event in each and every case.

This webinar will provide effective techniques in answer to the following fundamental questions:

  • How to gather information 
  • How to gain admissions
  • How to seek evidence for impeachment
  • How to use documents
  • How to decide whether to object
  • How to state an objection
  • When to instruct not to answer
  • How to react to an objection as the taker
  • What are the limitations on defenders
Effective Depositions, 2nd Edition (ABA 2010) is available at a 20% discount. Enter code EFFECT13 at checkout. Discount valid through 3/31/14.

Program Faculty

Stuart W. Gold, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York, NY

Henry L. Hecht, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), Co-Founder, The Hecht Training Group, Berkeley, CA, Author, Effective Depositions 2nd ed. (ABA 2010) 

Sonal N. Mehta, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Silicon Valley, CA

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Register for Part 2 of this series, Essentials of Preparing a Lay Witness for a Deposition, taking place February 20, 2014 or purchase the CD-ROM.

Effective Depositions, 2nd Edition (ABA 2010) is available at a 20% discount. Enter code EFFECT13 at checkout. Discount valid through March 31, 2014.

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The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

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

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