Defending, Preparation

Introduction to Preparing a Lay Witness for Deposition

Introduction to Preparing a Lay Witness for Deposition

Time: 15:51 Basic communication techniques for preparing witnesses: How a lawyer talks to a lay witness affects what the witness learns. Visualize the witness’s concerns and relieve anxiety; develop rapport..

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Preparing a Lay Witness - Part 1

Preparing a Lay Witness - Part 1

Time: 13:53 Explain the basics to a witness who is new to the deposition process: How the court reporter works; taking breaks; how objections work; other guidance...

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Preparing a Lay Witness - Part 2

Preparing a Lay Witness - Part 2

Time: 9:56 Points to Cover About Deposition "Mechanics": Explain protections for the witness that are built into the deposition rules. Describe the role of the defending lawyer, particularly with respect to objections and instructions not to a..

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Preparing a Lay Witness - Part 3

Preparing a Lay Witness - Part 3

Time: 12:09 Help the witness understand the usual preliminary questions asked at the outset of a deposition when the deposing lawyer tries to get the witness committed to give full and complete answers to the questions about to be asked..

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Preparing a Lay Witness Using Role-Playing- Part 1

Preparing a Lay Witness Using Role-Playing- Part 1

Time: 13:25 How to structure a productive role-playing session in which the adverse questioning likely to occur at the deposition is put to the witness in a practice exercise: Techniques for mock questioning to prepare the witness..

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Preparing a Lay Witness Using Role-Playing- Part 2

Preparing a Lay Witness Using Role-Playing- Part 2

Time: 9:57 Teaching the witness how to respond to direct examination by the opposing lawyer with the shortest fair and truthful answer: How to debrief the witness on avoiding volunteering and rambling answers and help the witness answer more eff..

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Preparing a Lay Witness Using Role-Playing- Part 3

Preparing a Lay Witness Using Role-Playing- Part 3

Time: 11:09 Helping the witness to be steady in the face of a demanding examination by opposing counsel: Avoid inventing facts to make the testimony better..

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Preparing a Lay Witness Using Role-Playing- Part 4

Preparing a Lay Witness Using Role-Playing- Part 4

Working with the witness on questions about the opposing party's claims, themes, and theories: Short truthful answers; using yes, no, and I don’t know-- where possible Time: 13:15..

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Preparing an Expert Witness - Part 1

Preparing an Expert Witness - Part 1

Time: 17:50 Explaining Helpful Techniques to a First-Time Expert: How the expert's role at a deposition differs from the role at trial; recognizing the opposition lawyer's goals; the mechanics of a deposition; likely questioning; and and useful ..

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Preparing an Expert Witness - Part 2

Preparing an Expert Witness - Part 2

Time: 16:29 Helping the Experienced Expert Fit into the Case: Preparation on case themes, scope of retention, materials reviewed and qualifications. Thorough review of prior experience and opinions; how to fix errors in the expert's report; pre..

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Preparing to Defend a 30(b)(6) Deposition

Preparing to Defend a 30(b)(6) Deposition

Time: 13:45 Checklists for getting ready to defend a witness who Is testifying on behalf of an organization: Choosing the right witness or witnesses to speak for and bind the organization; making objections or motions for protective order as to..

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Preparing to Defend a Videotaped Deposition

Preparing to Defend a Videotaped Deposition

Time: 13:28 Protect your witness from video mistakes. How to check the video setup so your witness is not disadvantaged and prepare your witness for the special conditions of a video deposition...

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