Mastering Remote Depositions and Hearings: Practical insights, technical requirements, handling exhibits, and avoiding common pitfalls (2024 Edition)

Brian R. Iverson
Brian R. Iverson
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Brian R. Iverson counsels clients on high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts across the nation.

Veronica Finkelstein
Veronica Finkelstein
Wilmington University School of Law

Veronica J. Finkelstein is a 2004 graduate, with honors, of the Emory University School of Law and 2001 graduate, with dual distinction and dual honors, of the Pennsylvania State University.

Live Video-Broadcast: July 31, 2024

Mastering Remote Depositions and Hearings: Practical insights, technical requirements, handling exhibits, and avoiding common pitfalls (2024 Edition)

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Program Summary

In today's legal landscape, mastering remote depositions and hearings is crucial for effective advocacy. This presentation offers a comprehensive overview and practical insights into remote depositions and hearings, highlighting their benefits and necessary adaptations from traditional in-person practices. It covers essential considerations such as setting up, scheduling, and meeting technical requirements for remote hearings, while also exploring various types and platforms used in virtual courtrooms. Participants will learn strategies for maximizing the advantages of online formats and avoiding common pitfalls, including assessing and leveraging available technology, instructing and securing commitments from deponents, handling exhibits effectively, employing questioning techniques to develop a robust factual record, and ensuring a clear record for motion practice.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Remote Depositions
  • Remote Hearings
  • Remote Platforms
  • Setting Up, Scheduling, and Technical Requirements
  • Procedures and Strategies
  • Handling Objections

Date / Time: July 31, 2024

  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Eastern
  • 10:00 am – 12:10 pm Central
  • 9:00 am – 11:10 am Mountain
  • 8:00 am – 10:10 am Pacific

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Brian R. Iverson_FedBarBrian R. Iverson | Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Brian R. Iverson counsels clients on high-stakes litigation in federal and state courts across the nation. His practice primarily focuses on complex business disputes, including government contract, healthcare, intellectual property, and financial services litigation. Brian also represents clients in administrative and ADR proceedings, and he serves as a mediator for the D.C. Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. His recent reported decisions include Choice Hotels Int’l, Inc. v. C&O Developers, LLC, 199 N.E.3d 1 (Ohio Ct. App. 2022) and Safeguard Base Ops., LLC v. United States, 989 F.3d 1326 (Fed. Cir. 2021).

Brian frequently speaks and writes on various legal topics, and his articles have appeared in The ACC Docket, The New York Law Journal, Today’s General Counsel, Adweek, Chief Executive and others. He recently addressed emerging issues in remote depositions in the article Give Me A Break: Regulating Communications Between Attorneys and Their Witness Clients During Deposition Recesses, 36 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 497 (2023)

 

Veronica Finkelstein_FedBarVeronica Finkelstein | Wilmington University School of Law

Veronica J. Finkelstein is a 2004 graduate, with honors, of the Emory University School of Law and 2001 graduate, with dual distinction and dual honors, of the Pennsylvania State University. Finkelstein currently works as for the U.S. Department of Justice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a Litigative Consultant. She is also a faculty member of the Wilmington University School of Law. At the DOJ, she has served as the Civil Division Training Officer, Paralegal Supervisor for the civil division, and Senior Litigation Counsel.

At the Department of Justice, Finkelstein tried numerous cases to defense verdicts, including in tort, employment law, and medical malpractice cases. In addition to this defensive work, Finkelstein investigated and prosecuted affirmative fraud claims, including qui tam actions. She also handled criminal child exploitation cases. She has taught at the National Advocacy Center on ethics, appellate advocacy, legal writing, and trial practice. In 2014, she was awarded the Executive Office of United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Civil Assistant United States Attorney. Prior to her government service, Finkelstein clerked for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and was an associate at Duane Morris, LLP and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, PC.

In addition to teaching at Wilmington Law, Finkelstein teaches at Drexel Law and Emory Law. In the past she has also taught at Rutgers Law. At these law schools she teaches a variety of courses including Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Advanced Evidence, Deposition Skills, Professional Responsibility, Sales, Criminal Law, Health Care Fraud, Civil Procedure, Legal Writing, and Corrections Law. She has repeatedly been named “Adjunct Professor of the Year” at Rutgers Law and won the university-wide Adjunct Award for Teaching Excellence at Drexel University in 2016.

Agenda

I. Remote Depositions | 11:00am – 11:20am

  • Giving instructions and gaining commitments from the deponent
  • Questioning techniques to develop the factual record
  • Creating a record for necessary motion practice
  • Handling exhibits

II. Remote Hearings | 11:20am – 11:40am

  • Strategies for advocacy in virtual courtrooms
  • Effectively addressing questions from the court
  • Using demonstratives
  • Presenting witnesses and other evidence

III. Remote Platforms | 11:40am – 12:00pm

Break | 12:00pm – 12:10pm

IV. Setting Up, Scheduling, and Technical Requirements | 12:10pm – 12:30pm

V. Procedures and Strategies | 12:30pm – 12:50pm

VI. Handling Objections | 12:50pm – 1:10pm