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COURT REPORTERS: MAKING A RECORD

  We just finished a three-day intersession course entitled Essential Lawyering Skills at Seattle University Law School that focuses on professional communication, and a major component of the course deals with depositions. The law students read, receive a lecture on and discuss how to take and defend a deposition. As part of the instruction, Lori [...]

RIGHT AND WRONG WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR WITNESS FOR DEPOSITON

This month, the King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin published Thomas M. O’Toole’s excellent recommendations on how to prepare a deponent. Mr. O’Toole is the President of Sound Jury Consulting, and his following advice is well worth reading and heeding: The deposition performance of a key witness is critical to the outcome of any case. [...]

COURT REPORTER’S ADVICE FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

Making a Record and MoreA court reporter provided me with this article which could be entitled “The Court Reporter’s Lament.” The reporter’s comment to me when he gave me the article was that sadly they don’t teach lawyers things like how to make a record and that, with fewer civil trials, what lawyers used to [...]

CONSULTING WITH COUNSEL DURING A DEPOSITION

“We Need a Break”David Boies, representing the government in the Microsoft antitrust case, famously annihilated Bill Gates when he took Gates’ deposition. Scenes from the deposition can be viewed on YouTube. In his book Courting Justice, Boies commented on remedial action that he would have taken if he had represented Gates: “It was an understatement [...]