Advanced Depositions College Agenda

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Advanced Depositions College Agenda 

Program Information




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CLE Credits: 27, including 1 hour of ethics

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Friday, January 18

Registration (continental breakfast available)
7:30 – 8:00 am

Morning Session
8:00 am - 12:15 pm

Welcome and Introductions
• 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

• 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

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

Networking lunch
12:15 – 1:15 pm 

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 5:45 pm

• The Importance of Video

• Deposition Techniques
     - Exhaustion
     - Boxing-in
     - Restating and summarizing
     - Nonverbals, mirroring

• Deposing the Difficult Witness
     - One fact, one question
     - Using exhibits for control
     - Establishing deposition protocol/rules  

 Workshop on Lay Witnesses:  Exhaustion, Boxing-in, Restating and Summarizing, Nonverbals, Mirroring 

Networking Reception
5:45 – 6:45 pm 

Saturday, January 19

Morning Session (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

• Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct with Defense Witnesses

• “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

 Workshop:  Document Discovery/“Death Star” Depositions

Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Afternoon Session
2:00 - 5:15 pm

• Dealing with the Evasive Witness
     - Techniques in handling the evasive witness
     - Demonstration of deposing the evasive witness

 Workshop:  Establishing Standards of Care and Conduct

Sunday, January 20

Morning Session (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

• Dealing with the Rambo Litigator (ethics)
     - Use of ethics rules
     - Use of deposition protocol
     - Redwood v. Dobson

• 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

• Special Considerations for Deposing Experts
     - Establishing facts and theories favorable to your case
     - Daubert
     - Silver Bullets

Lunch (on your own)
12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Afternoon Session
1:30 - 5:00 pm

• Deposing the DME
     - Establishing bias
     - Polarizing your Case
     - Hitchhiking

• Microexpressions and Body Language

 Workshop:  Deposing Experts

Monday, January 21

Morning Session (Breakfast Buffet Available)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

• 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

• Faculty Deposition Demonstrations
     - Deposition of accident reconstruction expert
     - Deposition of defendant driver
     - Deposition of DME

• Bringing It All Together
     - Summarization of key points from each lecture
     - Vignettes for key points


CLE Information

Earn approximately 27* CLE and NCA credits, including 1 hour of ethics, to be applied to your participation in the NCA's Achievement Recognition Program. For more general CLE information consult the CLE coordinator at 800.622.1791, ext. 8612.

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* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.



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