Overview

A successful deposition is the most important weapon you have to win your case. But much of the conventional wisdom about depositions is completely wrong. How can you be sure to get it right every time? Winning at Deposition is a one-day program to learn from top Texas litigators as they share their deposition tips and techniques. Topics include:
 

  • Developing a Winning Strategy
  • Developing Your Trial Cross Through the Adverse Deposition
  • Overcoming the Problem Witness
  • Depositions in Business Litigation
  • Beating the Expert
  • Taking Effective Depositions in the Age of Social Distancing
  • Overcoming Difficult Depositions
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Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Wednesday Morning, Apr. 21, 2021
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Developing a Winning Strategy
    2019 Description: Discuss the fail-safe tricks to ensure you have a winning strategy at depositions.

    Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

  • 9:15 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 9:25 am
    0.50 hr
    Developing Your Trial Cross Through the Adverse Deposition? 
    Learn to take admission-seeking depositions of adverse witnesses so that they are effectively limited in their testimony at trial.

    Tracy Walters McCormack, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

  • 9:55 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 10:05 am
    0.50 hr
    Deposing for the Defendant
    Effective deposition preparation and technique help achieve the dual goals of securing important admissions and discovering the Plaintiff’s case such that the Defendant is not surprised at trial.  This topic covers best practices for both aspects of taking depositions on behalf of a defendant.

    Elizabeth M. Fraley, Baylor Law School - Waco, TX

  • 10:35 am
    10-Minute Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Overcoming the Problem Witness
    How to handle the difficult witness, yours or theirs.

    Paula Fisette Sweeney, Slack Davis Sanger LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 11:15 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:20 am
    0.25 hr
    Morning Q&A

    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

  • 11:35 am
    Break for Lunch —Presentations Resume at 12:05 p.m.

  • Wednesday Afternoon, Apr. 21, 2021
  • 12:05 pm
    1.00 hr
    Keynote

    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

  • 1:05 pm
    10-Minute Break

  • 1:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Depositions in Business Litigation
    2019 Description: Discuss strategies for securing the testimony you need in complex business cases.

    Karen C. Burgess, Burgess Law PC - Austin, TX

  • 1:45 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    Beating the Expert
    2019 Description: Find out how to take an expert’s deposition—how to avoid being intimidated and how to set realistic, attainable goals when you depose the "expert."

    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 2:35 pm
    10-Minute Break

  • 2:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Taking Depositions in Tort Cases
    Strategic case building and effective discovery with lay witness and expert depositions.

    Rob Crain, Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 3:15 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:20 pm
    0.25 hr
    Afternoon Q&A

    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Shane Read, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

  • 3:35 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:40 pm
    0.50 hr
    Zoomba: Learning to Stay Fit and Take Effective Depositions in the Age of Social Distancing
    The presentation will provide observations and insights into scheduling and taking depositions remotely from practical experience.  It will also discuss case law dealing with deposition practice during the COVID pandemic. 

    Paul N. Gold, Aversano & Gold - Houston, TX

  • 4:10 pm
    10-Minute Break

  • 4:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Some Depositions are Hard to Overcome
    Arthur Godfrey had a TV show once called "Kids Say the Darndest Things".  The same can be true with witnesses in depositions.

    Frank L. Branson, The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C. - Dallas, TX

  • 5:10 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Frank L. Branson

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Quentin Brogdon

Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP
Dallas, TX

Karen C. Burgess

Burgess Law PC
Austin, TX

Rob Crain

Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP
Dallas, TX

Elizabeth M. Fraley

Baylor Law School
Waco, TX

Paul N. Gold

Aversano & Gold
Houston, TX

Tracy Walters McCormack

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Shane Read

U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX

Paula Fisette Sweeney

Slack Davis Sanger LLP
Dallas, TX

Planning Committee

Quentin Brogdon—Co-Chair

Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP
Dallas, TX

Shane Read—Co-Chair

U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to LSBA within 30 days after the conference.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Live Webcast – Apr 21, 2021
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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Apr 14, 2021

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Last day for cancellation: Apr 16, 2021

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