ICLE WEBINARS FEATURING ROBERT MUSANTE Great Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques

  • 11:00 AM - 2:20 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: ICLE
  • On-Line
  • Source: Georgia
  • Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)

More than any other aspect of pre-trial litigation, the skill attorneys wield when taking the deposition of the opposing party - who so often unabashedly lies about case "facts," even under oath - most dramatically impacts case outcome, whether that outcome is obtained through a settlement or a trial.

Great adverse depositions require the conscious and conscientious application of the integrated set of logical rules that constitute the discipline of deposition cross-examination, rules that best exploit case theory opportunities and best attack case theory problems.

Major Dramatis Personae:
David Boies, Bill Gates, Roy Black, Anne Mercer, “John Gibbons,” “Sam Tipton,” George Will, David Kendall, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Scott Pelley, John McCain, F. Lee Bailey, Mark Fuhrman, Carl Levin, Daniel Sparks, Wolf Blitzer, Rick Perry, Mark DiCowden, Justin Bieber, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Bell, Solomon Wisenberg, Robert Bittman, Bill Clinton, Steve Kroft, George W. Bush, Jim Fisher, “Daniel Kaffee,” “Nathan R. Jessup,” & Chris Matthews

Each Program is Two Days!

October 12 & 13, 2016 - 11:00 am - 2:20 pm each day

Registration closes at 4pm on October 11, 2016

View the full agenda and topics below!

Fee:  $165
This program will provide 6 CLE Hours including 6 Trial Practice Hours.  Once you have registered for the program, you will receive a link with instructions to access the program.

The program will feature:
Musante Robert Musante is recognized as the country's top teacher of deposition cross-examination skills.  He taught civil trial advocacy at the University of California, Berkley School of Law for 16 years and taught the logic essential to taking great adverse depositions - of fact witnesses and experts - to more than 45,000 litigators in 42 states.

Part #1, Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Session #1

  • "Best Case Theory" (defined)
  • "Battleships": checklist of recurring questions in same-type cases
  • 4 nearly-everybody-agrees deposition questioning rules
  • "The Grand Unified Theory" of civil litigation
  • The country's #1 civil litigator in a monumental adverse deposition
  • The rationale for saving impeachment evidence for surprise at trial
  • The can't-be-beat argument vs. the stupidest deposition orthodoxy
  • "Whack" defined & demonstrated in a high-profile cross-examination

Session #2

  • 7 advantages: deposition taker vs. trial cross-examiner
  • Introduction of "The Magnificent Seven" (timeless wisdom)
  • When to ask leading questions in a deposition
  • When the truth is not nearly enough
  • Bluffing deponent into a damaging admission
  • Using rhetoric to intensify arguments

Session #3

  • Reasoning with the resistant adverse deponent
  • Reasoning + rhetoric + the country's #1 civil litigator in that monumental adverse deposition again
  • An amateur cross-examiner using rhetoric ... and doing it right!
  • The program ends with optional Q&A

Part #2, Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Session #4

  • Firewalling introduced
  • Interrogatory-like questions
  • Universal terms
  • Nail-down terms
  • A highly lauded cross-examination in the "Trial of the Century" analyzed
  • The country's #1 "superstar deposer" deposing one last time
  • Enumeration
  • Looping
  • Attacking deponent's potential escapes from the bad answer
  • Identifying a mediocre adverse deposition in only 60 seconds

Session #5

  • Transforming vague or ambiguous claims into bright-line factual claims
  • Making the implied express
  • Making the hidden express
  • The "transfer of information" rule
  • Deposition "Crap" defined
  • Attacking the narrow question & question-dodging with high school grammar skills

Session #6

  • Attacking 2 answers in 1 question.
  • Attacking the needle & the haystack answer
  • Additional wisdom re saving impeachment evidence for surprise at trial
  • Conducting interviews vs. taking great! adverse depositions
  • Coda
  • More exciting optional Q&A!
  • CLE Credit Comments: This program will provide 6 CLE Hours including 6 Trial Practice Hours. Once you have registered for the program, you will receive a link with instructions to access the program.
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