Advanced Deposition Strategy & Practice

Credit Hours:
1
Instructor(s):

Brandon Bass

Requirements:
Elective

Civil Procedure is a prerequisite

Anyone pursuing a career in civil litigation will quickly discover that, for most cases, depositions will make a substantial difference in the case value and the outcome for their clients. The purpose of this course is to prepare the participants to take and defend depositions effectively by learning specific skills, including: (1) how to decide what questions to ask and how to ask them; (2) how to exhaust a witness’s knowledge or opinions; (3) how to eliminate surprises at trial by boxing in a witness’s recollection or opinion; (4) how to introduce case-altering rules, standards, and exhibits despite opposition; (5) how to prepare your client for a deposition; and (6) how to make and deal with objections. The course will also review the case law and the procedural and ethical rules as they apply to deposition conduct.