SRS CLE Programs

SRS offers three MCLE programs: In states with a 50-minute hour In states with a 60-minute hour
SRS Deposition Program
Defending Depositions
Taking Depositions
13 HOURS TOTAL 10 HOURS TOTAL
SRS Trial Skills Program
Addressing Jurors
Questioning Witnesses
Using Exhibits
20 HOURS TOTAL 16 HOURS TOTAL
Ethics Program 2 HOURS TOTAL 1 HOUR TOTAL
Some states give credit for partial hours, in which case these totals would include a fractional share of an hour.

The program schedule consists of short, concise, on-demand streaming videos, related but not duplicative, explaining and demonstrating specific deposition techniques, trial skills, and litigation-related ethics topics. Our videos can be selected and viewed by individual lawyers in a manner that meets state CLE requirements: (1) in an order that meets the lawyer’s particular professional needs; (2) continuously in a group to meet specific credit hour or “time spent” requirements; (3) over a specified time period to meet annual requirements. Written materials available by free download from the website at any time.

The accumulated time for the videos watched is reported to the state MCLE authorities, usually by the lawyer. Some states have additional requirements for on-demand video MCLE programs that call for reporting or verification by the provider, and SRS will take care of that.

The list of videos in each SRS CLE Program is set out below. You will find the links to these videos under the Video Categories tab on the Home Page.


DEPOSITION SERIES, DEFENDING DEPOSITIONS

NO. CONTENT TIME:
Minutes
1 Defending a Party Witness, Basic preparation checklist 13:25
2 Defending a Non-Party Witness, Basic preparation checklist 9:23
3 Deposition Preparation, Talking in lay terms with the witness 15:51
4 Deposition Preparation, Explaining how the rules work 13:53
5 Deposition Preparation, Explaining what the lawyers do 9:56
6 Deposition Preparation, The preliminary questions 12:09
7 Deposition Preparation, Using role- playing to practice with the witness 13:25
8 Deposition Preparation, Teaching the witness to handle opposing counsel’s questions 9:57
9 Deposition Preparation, Helping the witness deal with opposing counsel’s pressure 11:09
10 Deposition Preparation, Alerting the witness to opposing counsel’s themes and theories 13:15
11 Deposition Preparation, An expert who doesn’t have testifying experience 17:50
12 Deposition Preparation, An expert who has solid testifying experience 16:29
13 Deposition Preparation, A witness named to speak for a company 13:45
14 Deposition Preparation, Defending a videotaped deposition 13:28
15 Deposition Testimony, Helping a witness correct mistakes 16:44
16 Deposition Testimony, Making objections to hearsay 18:55
17 Deposition Testimony, Making objections to exhibits 18:27
18 Deposition Testimony, Making objections to leading questions 21:12
19 Deposition Testimony, Objections that can lead to sanctions 18:01
20 Deposition Testimony, Making objections to lay witness opinions 15:02
21 Deposition Testimony, Making objections to speculation 12:27
22 Deposition Testimony, Making objections to protect a privilege 18:16
Total 5 hrs.
21 min.

DEPOSITION SERIES, TAKING DEPOSITIONS

NO. CONTENT TIME:
Minutes
23 Taking Depositions, Basic plan and checklist 11:36
24 Taking Depositions, Negotiating number and priority 18:20
25 Taking Depositions, Negotiating time, place & compensation 15:46
26 Taking Depositions, Negotiating with hostile opposing counsel 7:53
27 Taking Depositions, Deposing a witness named to speak for a company 9:34
28 Taking Depositions, Deposing a witness in aid of e-discovery 14:23
29 Taking Depositions, Deposing a police officer 17:29
30 Taking depositions, Taking a video conference deposition 16:00
31 Taking Depositions, Advantages of deposing an adverse witness using video 17:55
32 Taking Depositions, Thinking creatively about deposing an expert witness 9:20
33 Deposition Preparation, Preparing a witness who will not appear in person at trial 16:03
34 Taking Depositions, Checklist for arrangements at the outset of making a record 13:10
35 Taking Depositions, Asking the preliminary “commitment” questions 8:41
36 Taking Depositions, Cover a subject systematically with the funnel technique 19:13
37 Taking Depositions, Converting the witness’s guess into useful testimony 18:40
38 Taking Depositions, Discovery about the witness’s use of social media 13:02
39 Taking Depositions, Discovery about an expert’s use of social media 11:23
40 Taking Depositions, Questions to test privilege claims 17:39
41 Taking Depositions, Questions to test claims of “I don’t know” 5:40
42 Taking Depositions, Provide the foundation for a document exhibit 18:05
43 Taking Depositions, Provide the foundation for an e-mail exhibit 16:25
44 Taking Depositions, Handling obstruction or coaching by opposing counsel 15:40
45 Taking Depositions, Resisting hearsay objections: “not offered for the truth” 11:41
46 Taking Depositions, Resisting hearsay objections: statements covered by specific rules 9:39
Total 5 hrs.
34 min
TOTAL DEPOSITION SERIES 10 HRS
55 MIN

TRIAL SKILLS PROGRAM, ADDRESSING JURORS

NO. CONTENT TIME:
Minutes
JURY SELECTION 104 MINS
47 Encouraging potential jurors to talk about themselves 13:20
48 Listening: A key to jury selection 23:55
49 Looking for problems of bias and sympathy 13:14
50 Introducing key points that will arise in jury instructions 11:43
51 Plaintiff's task: explain the burden of proof 20:01
52 Finding cause for a challenge 09:29
53 Assessing specialized knowledge and existing attitudes 12:30
OPENING 181 MINS
54 How to speak persuasively in a courtroom setting 12:38
55 Preparing for the opening 12:00
56 Avoid lawyer-talk when speaking to jurors 12:20
57 Speak effectively: Pace, volume and tone 18:03
58 Using motion: Gestures, positioning and expressions 10:02
59 Structure and delivery 16:20
60 Previewing testimony and exhibits persuasively 16:55
61 Presenting expert conclusions in opening 11:52
62 Permitted use of graphics in opening 14:10
63 Options for explaining the applicable law 8:13
64 Countering the other side's expert 15:04
65 Countering the other side's themes and theories 14:44
66 The critical last 60 seconds 17:54
CLOSING 186 MINS
67 Marshall facts and add logical inferences 17:33
68 Connect the law to the facts 17:24
69 Think about likely jury instructions 10:53
70 Countering the other side's experts 11:23
71 Countering likely sympathy for the other party 15:23
72 Advanced methods for delivery and content 17:49
73 Arguing against a party who is not a "bad person" 10:05
74 Use analogies to bolster your main points 11:19
75 Reasoning to minimize damages 17:54
76 Asking for "big money" damages 13:08
77 Using emotion in closing 12:43
78 Essential elements of rebuttal 14:22
79 Selecting and preparing topics for rebuttal 16:07
 
TOTAL ADDRESSING JURORS 471 MINS

TRIAL SKILLS PROGRAM, QUESTIONING WITNESSES

NO. CONTENT TIME:
Minutes
DIRECT EXAMINATION, LAY WITNESS 147 MINS
80 Make the witness a good source of information for the jury 14:54
81 Framing questions on direct 12:52
82 Highlighting with voice, repetition, irony and other techniques 17:22
83 Highlighting with phrasing in questions 14:50
84 Help a witness use exhibits successfully 23:08
85 Minimize harm: Plan for handling bad facts 26:28
86 Handling problems when your witness testifies incorrectly 15:53
87 Start strong and end strong 21:24
CROSS EXAMINATION, LAY WITNESS 146 MINS
88 Form questions to emphasize your points 22:02
89 Communicate to the jury indirectly with leading questions 20:03
90 Enhance cross by writing and redefining 17:20
91 Keep a hostile witness on track 9:17
92 Keep the witness from fudging the facts 10:52
93 Ways to control a difficult witness 10:48
94 Set up carefully to get a concession from the witness 11:55
95 Use of "color words" during cross 7:57
96 Overview of impeachment methods 13:03
97 Impeachment with a prior inconsistent statement 14:59
98 Impeachment with an omission in a prior statement 8:27
DIRECT EXAMINATION, EXPERT WITNESS 76 MINS
99 Qualify a witness as an expert 15:17
100 Describe the facts and data used by the expert 19:56
101 Present the expert's opinion 15:56
102 Tender the expert 14:00
103 Blunt your opponent's attack on your expert 10:45
CROSS EXAMINATION, EXPERT WITNESS 45 MINS
104 Show the jury the expert's bias 9:32
105 Challenge the expert's factual basis 13:15
106 Undermine the expert's opinion 13:03
107 Contradict the expert with a learned treatise 8:50
 
TOTAL QUESTIONING WITNESS 414 MINS

TRIAL SKILLS PROGRAM, USING EXHIBITS

NO. CONTENT TIME:
Minutes
USING EXHIBITS 187 MINS
108 Basics of presenting exhibits to the jury 11:23
109 Introducing an exhibit at trial and providing a foundation 14:37
110 Providing a foundation for document exhibits 12:34
111 Using pointers, highlighting images, blanking the screen 12:30
112 Using visuals to hold the jury's attention during direct 14:14
113 Using video to present witness testimony 17:23
114 Exhibits for argument and impeachment 10:29
115 Exhibits for domestic violence cases 21:14
116 Using flip charts in direct examination 16:01
117 Using flip charts for cross examination 16:42
118 Opposing document exhibits: objections to foundation and content 24:58
119 Responding to objections to the content of an exhibit 15:01
 
TOTAL USING EXHIBITS 187 MINS

ETHICS SERIES

NO. CONTENT TIME:
Minutes
ETHICS 70 MINS
120 Ethics Issues that Arise in Witness Preparation 17:19
121 Be Cautious About Joint Representation 13:16
122 Ethics Issues that Arise in Defending Depositions 17:52
123 Ethics Issues that Arise in Taking Depositions 21:40
 
TOTAL ETHICS SERIES 70 MINS

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