Essentials of Depositions

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Wednesday, February 28, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
Tuesday, July 17, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $150

Information

Why Attend?

It’s time for the deposition: are you ready to risk it to on-the-job training? More importantly, is your client ready to risk it?

  • Learn, or re-learn, the basics
  • Establish habits that lead to success
  • Share tips and best practices with our experts

Depositions have become a “standard” part of most cases, sometimes without much thought given to how they will advance the cause at trial. They are expensive and time consuming. Opposing counsel can make the experience frustrating at best. Utilizing the results of the deposition at trial can be difficult, yet if done right, they can be an incredibly useful tool. If you don’t have a seasoned partner sitting second-chair, how do you know whether you are doing it right?

If you are facing your first deposition, or are a veteran of many but wish to revisit the basics of conducting a deposition, this course is for you. But it will not be a mere recitation of the applicable rules. Rather, our expert speakers will identify the important decisions you must make before, during, and after the deposition, and provide you with useful guidance and best practices at every stage. You’ll learn when you should—and shouldn’t—seek a deposition; how to conduct it effectively and efficiently; how to deal with difficult opposing counsel; and how to use the deposition to best effect at trial. Join us, and improve your skills!

Topics to be covered include:

  • When is a deposition appropriate?
  • The mechanics of a deposition in Virginia
  • Should the deposition be video-recorded?
  • Choosing “virtual” depositions—video and phone depositions
  • The use of documents at deposition
  • Objections at deposition
  • Identifying deposition objectives and varying techniques depending on those objectives
  • How to get what you need from the reluctant witness
  • How to deal with difficult opposing counsel and when to call the judge
  • Deposition-related motions
  • Special situations (4:5(b)(6) depositions; foreign depositions)
  • The use of deposition transcripts at trial
  • Impeachment with a deposition at trial
  • The use (and abuse) of errata sheets
 



Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (February 28)

12:00 Essentials of Depositions
1:45 Question-and-Answer Session
2:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 11:30 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (March 28, July 17)

12:00 Essentials of Depositions
1:45 Question-and-Answer Session
2:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY

James F. Neale, McGuireWoods LLP / Charlottesville
M. Bryan Slaughter, Michie Hamlett / Charlottesville

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