In-Person Program

Civil Depositions Practice: MCLE BasicsPlus!®

Learn how to successfully take and defend depositions like an experienced litigator

Thursday, 1/18/2018, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
6 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Civil Deposition Practice is a practical skills program that teaches you key techniques for this crucial part of the litigation process. A panel of experienced litigators focuses on practical skills and tactical considerations that show you how to successfully take and defend a deposition. Hear from federal and state court judges on a wide range of issues that arise during and after depositions. The program provides a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, and question and answer sessions, ensuring that you obtain the maximum benefit from the faculty's experience and expertise. If you are nervous about taking your first deposition or need help in taking your next one, you won't want to miss this program!

9:30 - 9:45
Opening Demonstration: How NOT to Start a Deposition
9:45 – 9:55
Welcome and Introduction
9:55 - 10:30
Strategic Considerations & the Role of Depositions in the Overall Discovery Plan
10:30 – 11:30
Preparing for and Taking the Deposition
11:30 – 11:45
Networking and Refreshment Break
11:45 – 12:30
Dealing with Hostile Witnesses & Obstreperous Defense Counsel
12:30 – 1:00
Ethical Issues in Deposition Practice & Sanctionable Conduct
1:00 - 1:45
Lunch (on your own)
1:45 – 2:30
How to Prepare a Witness for a Deposition
2:30 – 3:00
Zealously Representing & Protecting the Deponent
3:00 - 3:30
Using Depositions in Motions & Trial
3:30 – 3:45
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:45 - 4:30
Views from the Bench: Practical Issues With Respect to Depositions
• Instructions Not to Answer
• Resolving Discovery Disputes
• Impact of Federal Rule Changes
• Reading and Signing, Errors/Corrections/Errata Sheets
• Requirements for Video Depositions
• What the Court Needs for Motions and Trials
• Effective Uses of Depositions at Motion and Trial
• Depositions v. Trial Examination
• Discoverability of Discussions at Breaks
• Who May Attend the Deposition
• Multi-Party Case Issues

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Hon. Thomas P. Billings, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Hon. Robert B. Collings, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Boston
Kathy Jo Cook, Esq., KJC Law Firm LLC, Boston
Michael S. Hines, Esq., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Boston
T. Peter R. Pound, Esq., Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Boston