Deposition Questioning Strategies and Techniques / Edition 1

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Provides descriptions and illustrations of effective strategies and techniques for taking and defending depositions. Designed to serve as a text for a 2-4 unit stand-alone depositions course or as a supplement to a civil pre-trial lawyering course. Devotes separate chapters to such fundamental skills as obtaining helpful answers to critical questions, undercutting harmful testimony, obtaining a deponent's version of significant events, and obtaining information from evasive deponents. Other chapters include topics such as responding to inconsistent or implausible testimony, overcoming opposing counsel's objections and obstructionist tactics, and preparing a client to be deposed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314257185
  • Publisher: West Academic Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/2/2001
  • Series: Pretrial
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Deposing Adverse Witnesses

Chapter 1:Three Primary Deposition Goals
Chapter 2:T-Funnel Questioning
Chapter 3:Timeline Questioning
Chapter 4:Obtaining Helpful Answers
Chapter 5:Cementing Helpful Answers
Chapter 6:Strengthen Helpful Evidence
Chapter 7:Undermining Harmful Answers
Chapter 8:Responding to Inconsistent Statements
Chapter 9:Responding to Implausibility's
Chapter 10:Responding to Evasive, Forgetful or Uncertain Deponents
Chapter 11:Using Documents and Diagrams
Chapter 12:Beginning and Concluding
Chapter 13:Adopting a Professional Demeanor
Chapter 14:Communicating Arguments to Enhance Settlement
Chapter 15:Questioning Tips
Chapter 16:Responding to Objections and Other Actions of Opposing Counsel
Part Two: Preparing to Depose Adverse Witnesses
Chapter 17:Deposition Preparation
Chapter 18:Arranging for Depositions
Part Three: Special Depositions
Chapter 19:FRCP 30(b) (6) "Subject Matter" Depositions
Chapter 20:Inquiring about Practices and Policies
Chapter 21:Deposing Experts
Chapter 22:Depositions to Preserve Testimony
Chapter 23:Videotaped Depositions
Part Four: Defending Depositions
Chapter 24:Preparing Deponents
Chapter 25:Defending Depositions
APPENDIX 1: Strategies for Responding to Deponents' Answers
APPENDIX 2: Sample Deposition Outline

Author Biography: Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

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