Watch Your (Deposition) Language


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

Too many deposition transcripts are too messy, and they needn’t be. This program will set forth the proper goals of a deposition and will address the ways in which unnecessary throat-clearing, conditionalities, and insincere permission-seeking can sabotage the construction of a useful factual record. There will be suggestions as to how to improve pace and reduce sloppiness. The program will also discuss methods of formulating objections and preparing one’s own witnesses to preserve legal arguments and prevent mistakes.

Key topics to be discussed:

• Purposes of a deposition
• How to ask questions efficiently and effectively
• Interposing appropriate objections
• Preparing your witness.

Date / Time: September 2, 2020

•   3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.
Closed-captioning available upon request

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Original Broadcast Date: September 2, 2020

Stephen McConnell | Reed Smith LLP

Mr. McConnell litigates antitrust, securities, white collar criminal, and mass tort cases throughout the United States. Stephen has tried dozens of cases before juries in federal and state trial courts, with first-chair wins in both government and private practice cases. He has successfully argued significant matters before federal and state appellate courts. The private practice clients include major consumer products, pharmaceutical, medical device, energy, entertainment, and real estate companies, among others. He has defended companies in class actions and multi-district litigations. Many of the cases centered on allegations of unfair or deceptive marketing. Legal 500 described Stephen as “extremely smart and strategic” and a “very effective and experienced trial lawyer.” Stephen has consistently been included in the The Best Lawyers in America©, Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal Life Sciences listings. His cases and analyses have been covered in various media, including general press, legal press, and television.

After law school, Stephen clerked for Judge William A. Norris on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He later served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California (Los Angeles), where he investigated and prosecuted criminal cases in the Major Frauds Section. Those cases included savings and loan frauds, violations of the securities laws, wire and mail frauds, and money laundering. He served as counsel to the Christopher Commission, an independent commission that investigated the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991, and as deputy general counsel to the Kolts Commission, an independent commission that investigated the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1992.

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