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The Best Defense is a Good Offense: How to Proactively Prepare Your Witness for a Successful Deposition

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Overview / Abstract:

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 audio CD-ROM 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


Sep 11, 2020


Attorney , Paralegal





Credits / Hours

1.25 General CLE Credit Hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Eric Hoffman
Kevin Paul Broughel
Richard Amador

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Center for Professional Development
Section of Litigation

Keywords / Search Terms

American Bar Association

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