The Association of the Bar of the City of New York Continuing Legal Education's Litigation Skills Workshop: Taking & Defending Depositions

This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board. CLE Credit will be granted to attorneys.

Click here for the official program website and registration form. (New York, NY)

Over 98% of all civil cases filed in Federal court are resolved short of trial. When a litigator questions a witness today, it is far more likely to be in a law office at a deposition than in a courtroom at trial. By attending this workshop, you will have both the opportunity to improve your skills and/or the ability to re-tool your practice by building new skills. Working in small groups led by two members of our experienced faculty, you will take turns preparing, deposing, and defending witnesses in a mock case. After each performance, the faculty will provide you with individual feedback. Just as you will learn by doing, you will also learn by critically observing others. In addition to the simulation exercises, the faculty will demonstrate how to take and defend a deposition before the entire group. This skills-building program will prove beneficial to attorneys of all experience levels seeking to master the art and science of preparing for, taking, and defending depositions. Special Feature: All participants will receive two advance, pre-publication chapters, "Taking the Deposition" and "Defending at a Deposition," from Mr. Hecht's book Effective Depositions (Second Edition, ABA, forthcoming 2009). These "hot off the press" materials will include the latest case law and amendments to the Federal Rules as well as helpful checklists.

Program Coach:
Charles G. Moerdler, Partner
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP