Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Agenda

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Trial Advocacy College: Depositions Agenda 

Program Information

Registration Fee:
AAJ and NYSTLA members– $1,095
Nonmembers – $1,375

New Lawyers Discount
If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for ten years or less, you can attend the Depositions College for 25% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college).

Register two or more lawyers from your firm at the same time, and take $70 off the registration fee for each registrant.

AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this college and receive 50% off the registration fee if they are employed by and attending with an AAJ plaintiff attorney from the same firm with the same firm address.

CLE Credits: 22

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations for our programs must be submitted in writing.

For more information or assistance, please call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.


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Friday, June 6, 2015

Registration (breakfast available)
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Addressing Bias in Depositions

  • How bias affects your deposition strategy
  • Using the deposition to overcome bias

Developing a Discovery Plan

  • Who, what, where, when, and why to depose
  • The written plan
  • Sequencing your discovery
  • Identifying your weakness

Ten Rules for Effective Depositions

  • Controlling the environment of the depositions
  • Developing goals
  • Obtaining material for cross

Adverse Lay Witness Depositions: Techniques of Exhaustion, Boxing-In, Summarization

  • Making the witness tell you everything he or she knows
  • Summarizing techniques to keep the witness from changing his or her testimony
  • Cementing the witness' testimony
  • Miller Mousetrap

Workshop Introductions

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session
1:15 - 6:00 pm

Organizing for Expert Depositions and Planning Tactics

  • Exploration of expert witness opinions
  • Using documents and learned treatises
  • Exploiting the opponent's weaknesses

workshop Workshop on Taking Depositions: Bias, Sequencing, Exhaustion, Boxing-In, Summarization

Networking reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Continental breakfast available
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 am - noon

Developing Rules and Standards

Structuring the Depositions of a Difficult Witness

  • How to identify the difficult witness
  • How to control the difficult witness
  • The one fact, one question approach
  • How to deal with nonresponsive answers

General Considerations for Witness Deposition Preparation

  • Special considerations for client preparation

"Death Star" Depositions: The 30(b)(2) Deposition

  • Finding all the documents
  • Using a 30(b)(2) deposition to discover dispositive information
  • 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 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

Faculty Demonstrations

  • Exhaustion
  • Rules and standards

Lunch (on your own)
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session
1:00 - 6:00 pm

Dealing with the Difficult Situation and Attorney

  • Redwood v. Dobson
  • Handling objections
  • Instructions not to answer
  • Calling the judge

workshop Workshop on Deposing the Lay Witness

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Contintental breakfast available
8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session
8:30 - 1:45 pm

Deposing the Defense Medical Examiner

  • Gaining concessions
  • Developing cross material
  • Obtaining information for use by your expert
  • Discovery of economic interest

Later Use of Depositions at Settlement and Trial

workshop Workshop on Deposing Expert Witnesses (lunch provided)

CLE Information
Earn approximately 21.5 CLE and NCA credits 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.

Professional Recognition Programs
Click here to learn more about AAJ's Professional Recognition Programs, Achievement Recognition Program (ARP)  and Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA), or call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.

The Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) provides Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate recognition to AAJ members. To gain ARP credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* 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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