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Witness Preparation Techniques

Witnesses are essential in any case - learn preparation techniques to assure the recounted information is accurately construed. This topic deals with practical and ethical aspects of witness preparation. It examines techniques of preparing witnesses for depositions and trials, and covers using such resources as role playing, outside consultants and mock trials. It should be useful for lawyers who prepare clients and other witnesses for litigation, and for in-house counsel involved in working with corporate employees who are preparing to testify.


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Agenda

Purpose of Preparation

  • Trial
  • Deposition
  • Interview
  • Other Purposes

Methods of Preparation

  • Meeting With Witness
  • Recorded Statements
    • Tape Recording
    • Court Reporters
    • LawyerPrepared Statements
    • Witness Notes
  • Site Visits
  • Photographs
  • Documents
  • Prepared Videos

Instructions to Witnesses

  • Understanding the Question
  • Pausing Before Answering
  • Volunteering Information
  • Dealing With Documents
  • Dealing With Uncomfortable Subjects
  • Other Instruction

External Aids for Witness Preparation

  • Videotaping
  • Psychologists and Other Consultants
  • Role Playing
  • Mock Trial Exercises
    • Using Outside Consultants
    • Informal Mock Trials

Ethical Considerations in Witness Preparation

  • Rules of Professional Responsibility
  • 18 U.S.C. Section 1512 - Witness Tampering and Obstruction of Justice
  • Other Ethical Concerns

Discoverability of Witness Preparation

  • Client Witnesses
  • Nonclient Witnesses
  • Refreshing Recollection
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This course was last revised on November 28, 2016.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • AK CLE 1.5 including Ethics 0.25
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5 including Ethics 0.25
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 0.25
     
  • GA CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 0.25
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MO CLE 1.8
     
  • MT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 0.25
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NM CLE 1.5 including Ethics 0.2
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • NY CLE 1.5
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • UT CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 0.25
     
  • WA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 0.25
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8 including Ethics 0.3
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Joseph B. Mays, Jr.

Joseph B. Mays, Jr.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

  • Partner with the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Focuses on business and commercial litigation, especially antitrust and competition, professional liability, insurance, and white-collar crime and Qui Tam defense
  • Tried more than a dozen cases to jury verdict in the last decade and has also been involved in numerous arbitration proceedings
  • Recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers in the field of business litigation, 2009
  • Extensive experience representing major accounting firms
  • Involved in the trial of at least four accounting malpractice cases
  • Received the Walter P. Gewin Award from the Alabama State Bar in 1997 for his contribution to continuing legal education
  • Member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association
  • B.A. degree, Tulane University; M.A. degree, Cornell University; J.D. degree, The University of Alabama School of Law
  • Can be contacted at 205-521-8433 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 399196
Published 2016
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