Deposition Preparation for Paralegals

Today’s blog is authored by CompuScripts’
Litigation Specialist Kaye Mullinax.

Sage Advice for the Legal Professional

In my thirty years as a litigation paralegal, I’ve assisted in the training of many young lawyers, many of whom now sit on either the state or federal bench.  I’ve also trained more new paralegals than I care to count.  I have a lot of information about deposition preparation that should be disseminated to newbies, and I’m happy to share it.

Don’t think you missed the class about deposition preparation.  An instructor probably touched on the topic during a torts class , but not to a degree that was practical application.  I hope this post will make deposition preparation and scheduling go smoothly for new litigation paralegals.   Here are my guidelines on deposition preparation to keep your depositions moving and your cart out of the ditch. (more…)

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Three Discovery Pillars from a Court Reporting Firm

Before you go to trial, it’s important to have the right team in place to support you.  While runners, law clerks, and paralegals are indispensable, one of your greatest allies during discovery is the right court reporting firm.  From court reporters to legal videographers to videoconference hosts, a full service court reporting firm can provide you with critical resources you need during discovery.
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Four Courtroom Etiquette Rules for Paralegals

As a trial date approaches, a litigation paralegal performs many invaluable tasks.   While assisting the lawyer, a litigation paralegal calendars dates, organizes briefs, prepares witnesses, and contacts experts.  But his or her duties do not stop at the courthouse door.   Once a trial begins, a paralegal may be called on to assist attorneys from the first row or at counsel’s table, and use of proper courtroom etiquette contributes to a judge or jury’s final decision.  Here are our four courtroom etiquette rules for paralegals.
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LITIGATORS IN PLAY FOR A WIN

Litigation is not the only thing that takes a hit when technology fails. Apparently Microsoft Surface tablets were not functioning properly during the recent AFC championship game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. CNET reported, “On the last defensive possession the Patriots’ coaches did not have access to those tablets to show pictures to their players.”

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Unique Court Reporting Service Levels for Five Law Practice Areas

Attorneys make the record; stenographers preserve the record.  There are different ways to preserve testimony for the courtroom that may strengthen your discovery and de bene esse depositions.  Here are examples of leveraging technology for five law practice areas. (more…)

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