Graphic: Litigation Skills Series

Litigation Skills Series: Depositions

  • When: 16 October 2020, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Where: Webinar
  • Cost: $35 for members; $65 for non-members

Depositions can be useful tools in all kinds of cases. A deposition can be an effective and affordable tool for pro bono and public-interest lawyers and their clients.

In this Litigation Skills Training, Arnold & Porter litigation partners Phil Horton & Ian Hoffman will teach the basics of how to prepare yourself and your witness for a deposition, what techniques are most effective, and what traps to avoid. The course will feature a mix of lecture and demonstration with plenty of time for Q&A. We will discuss both taking and defending depositions.

We will explore topics such as how to frame effective questions, the 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.

CLE approval is pending but not guaranteed in CA, NY, and VA.

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