(SERIES): Pretrial Skills Series (Part 1: October 7: 6-9:15 pm) (Parts 2 & 3: October 14: 3-5:15 pm and 6-9:15 pm)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm

CLE Credit: Yes

Event Description
Credit: 8.0 Total Credit Hours, Including 2.0 Ethics Hours in Part 2 on October 14

Taught by experienced litiga­tors, this introductory series addresses critical pretrial topics in civil litigation, including depositions and writ­ten discovery, with a focus on strategies and effective practice techniques. Emphasis is placed on the rules, practices, and procedures of the local and federal courts in the District of Columbia metropolitan area. A new, 2-hour ethics session addresses ethics concerns that arise during discovery.

Part 1: Taking and Defending Depositions (October 7, 6-9:15 p.m.)

This session examines the practical considerations and tactical techniques available to the litigator in taking and defending depositions, including preparation and use of depositions at trial. The class also covers sig­nificant cases about depositions and how to apply these cases to your client's advantage in the discovery process. Topics include:

· Plan of discovery.

· Witness preparation

· Deposition scheduling

· Depositions of experts

· Responding to subpoenas

· Protective orders

· Objections and instructions not to answer at depositions

· Submission of the transcript to the witness for review, changes and signing

· Deposition-related sanctions

· Use of depositions at trial

· Deposition checklists.

Faculty: Michael F. Williams, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (faculty chair and moderator); Linda M. Correia, Webster, Fredrickson, Correia & Puth, PLLC; Emily Hughes, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Part 2:  Ethical Issues in Discovery (October 14, 3-5:15 p.m.)

Using hypotheticals, this new, 2-hour interactive class raises red flags about important ethical issues that arise during discovery, including:

· Confidentiality of information and client secrets

· Disclosures  

· Conflict of interest

· Candor toward the tribunal

· Communications with third parties on behalf of a client.

Faculty: Saul J. Singer, D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Counsel

Part 3: Effective Use of Interrogatories, Document Requests, and Requests for Admission (October 14, 6-9:15 p.m.)   

This session explores effective ways of drafting and responding to written discovery requests, tactical consider­ations, discovery motions, and use of written discovery at trial. Topics include:   

· Top 10 goals of discovery

· Differences in discovery practice for D.C. Superior Court  and U.S. District Court for D.C.   

· Effective use of written discovery

· Timing and sequence of issuing written discovery

· Drafting written discovery

· Real life examples

· Privilege logs

· Rule 37 meet and confer

· Duty to supplement discovery  

· Motions to compel discovery and sanctions   

· Motions for protective order   

· Motions to quash

Faculty:  Catherine Bertram, Bertram Williams; Thomas P. Murphy, Hunton & Williams LLP

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street NW
(Nearest Metro Stop: Metro Center 12th Street)
Washington DC 20005
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Contact Information
CLE Program
Phone: 202-626-3488
Fax: 202-942-9750


  • Catherine Bertram, Bertram Williams
  • Linda Correia, Correia & Puth, PLLC
  • Emily Hughes, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Thomas Murphy, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Saul Singer, D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Counsel
  • Michael Williams, Kirkland & Ellis LLP


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