Advanced Depositions College

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Advanced Depositions College 

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Friday, January 18

Understanding Bias and Its Role in Discovery and at Trial
• How bias affects your deposition strategy
• Combating bias in discovery and trial
• Finding your reptilian issues through discovery
Karen R. Roberts, TX

Depositions of Corporate Representatives:  30(b)(6) Deposition
• Crafting the notice for your case; for contention depositions related to defenses; demonstration of questions to establish the witness speaks for the corporation; relationship between Rules 30(b)(6) and 32
• Setting the Course for Trial and Making the Plaintiff’s Case:  The 30(b)(6) Deposition Strategy, Goals, and Techniques to Nail the Defendant
Mark R. Kosieradzki, MN

Workshop:  Discovery Plan and Witness Goals
• Witness plan
• Goals for each lay witness—three take-aways

Networking lunch

The Importance of Video
Erik S. Heninger, AL
Thomas S. McGrath, AL

Deposition Techniques
• Exhaustion
• Boxing-in
• Restating and summarizing
• Nonverbals, mirroring
Paul J. Scoptur, WI

Deposing the Difficult Witness
• One fact, one question
• Using exhibits for control
• Establishing deposition protocol/rules
Phillip H. Miller, TN   
Workshop on Lay Witnesses:  Exhaustion, Boxing-in, Restating and Summarizing, Nonverbals, Mirroring

Networking Reception

Saturday, January 19

Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct with Defense      Witnesses
Robyn L. Wishart, BC

“Death Star” Depositions:  The 30(b)(2) Deposition
• Finding all the documents
• Using a 30(b)(2) deposition to discover case dispositive information
• Altered records:  Lock the defendant in, then impeach with the originals
• Using the “smoking gun” document
Mark R. Kosieradzki, MN

Workshop:  Document Discovery/“Death Star” Depositions

Lunch (on your own)

Dealing with the Evasive Witness
• Techniques in handling the evasive witness
• Demonstration of deposing the evasive witness
Erik S. Heninger, AL
Mark R. Kosieradzki, MN

Workshop:  Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct

Sunday, January 2013

Dealing with the Rambo Litigator (ethics)
• Use of ethics rules
• Use of deposition protocol
• Redwood v. Dobson
Thomas S. McGrath, AL

Witness Preparation
• The dos and don’ts
• Unpacking the witness & setting the tone
• Practice Q & A:  Diagnosing witness strengths and weaknesses
• Delivering quality feedback
• Checking in with your witness to assess the prep
Robyn L. Wishart, BC

Special Considerations for Deposing Experts
• Establishing facts and theories favorable to your case
• Daubert
• Silver bullets
William P. Lightfoot, DC

Lunch (on your own)

Deposing the DME
• Establishing bias
• Polarizing your case
• Hitchhiking
Paul J. Scoptur, WI

Microexpressions and Body Language
Phillip H. Miller, TN

Workshop: Deposing Experts

Monday, January 21

How to Effectively Use Your Depositions in Trial
• Maximum effect as impeachment
• Substantive evidence when the witness is unavailable
• In opening and closing using PowerPoint
Thomas S. McGrath, AL

Faculty Deposition Demonstrations
• Deposition of accident reconstruction expert
Phillip H. Miller, TN
• Deposition of defendant driver
Karen R. Roberts, TX
• Deposition of DME
William P. Lightfoot, DC

Bringing It All Together
• Summarization of key points from each lecture
• Vignettes for key points
Moderator:  Thomas J. Manzella, IL
All faculty


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