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Litigation Skills Series: Depositions

  • When: 12 February 2019, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Arnold & Porter (601 Massachusetts Avenue NW)
  • Cost: $35 WCL members; $55 nonmembers

Depositions can be useful tools in all kinds of cases. Under DC’s local rules, you may record a video deposition in your office without need for a court reporter. A deposition can be an effective and affordable tool for pro bono and public-interest lawyers and their clients.

Our Depositions training is taught by Phil Horton and Joshua Davis from Arnold & Porter, and Chinh Le from The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. The course will feature a mix of lecture and demonstration with plenty of time for Q&A. We will cover the basics of both taking and defending depositions.

We’ll discuss such topics as how to frame effective questions, proper use of direct vs. leading questions, personal style, use of outlines, and deposition strategy.  And then we’ll turn to defending depositions and discuss how to prepare a witness (both on the facts of the case and on how to be an effective witness) and how to defend the actual deposition.  There will also be a demonstration on taking and defending a deposition in a housing case.

Bring your lunch, and join us in learning the basics of how to prepare yourself and your witness for a deposition, what techniques are most effective, and what traps to avoid.

This course is CLE-approved for 2.5 General – Participatory in California and 2.5 Skills New York. CLE approval is pending and not guaranteed in VA.

Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the D.C. Bar Foundation. Please email Nancy Lopez at for more information on applying for a scholarship.