How to Take a Deposition
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Even if you aren't a trial lawyer, depositions are crucial to the success of your practice. Have you found that the information you learned in law school is insufficient? Are you afraid to ask your boss "stupid" questions? Have you found yourself trying to tailor your practice to avoid depositions at all costs? This course will lead you through the deposition process in a practical, real-world manner with examples from federal and state law, to help you fully grasp the power and technique of the deposition and allow you to move comfortably and confidently into the conference room. During this course you will learn:
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|Section 1: Preparing for your Deposition|
Research, research, research! Most of the anxiety you feel when walking into a deposition is due to feeling inadequately prepared. We will discuss researching your cause of action and burden of proof using 21st century research platforms and techniques.
Now that you know what you need to prove, you need to craft questions that address those issues. We discuss general crafting issues, ensuring that you address each element of your claim, and dealing with adverse evidence.
Now that you've drafted your question sections, a brief discussion on how to structure your list, including your evidence and printing.
|Section 2: Taking the Deposition|
Now that the preparation phase is complete, we begin our discussion of the actual deposition - beginning with the moment the court reporter shows up through the preliminary matters. Along the way we discuss questioning strategies.
|This lesson tackles the two areas that often derail well planned depositions. We discuss how to stay in control of your deposition despite of opposing counsel's objections along with your remedies if counsel goes too far. Finally we discuss how to introduce and interact with your evidence.|
|In our final lecture we discuss defending a cross examination, the purpose of and strategies for re-direct examination and closing a deposition.|
BA, English - Florida International University
JD - Florida State University
LL.M (Litigation) - George Washington University
Licensed by The Florida Bar, December 2003
I have been teaching online and in the classroom for most of my adult life. I have taught a variety of ages and backgrounds, from middle school to Navy members on a submarine. I have been interested in litigation procedure since my time with the very well-coached and successful FSU Mock Trial team. That experience led me to the LL.M in litigation program at GWU which gave me a practical understanding of litigation practice that just isn't taught in law schools. I used that understanding, successfully, during my time practicing civil litigation, focusing in real estate and civil rights cases. This course marks my return to my true passion - teaching.
I combine my legal experience with the skills I've gained while building online courses for others to bring you unique, real-world, step-by-step litigation courses. These courses are more fun than a cle and you'll be able to utilize the skills immediately to expand and polish your legal practice.