Preparing Witnesses: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients
- American Bar Association
- Publication date:
(Is a partner in the Boston and Miami of ces of Holland & Knight LLP)
This completely revised and updated fourth edition of Preparing Witnesses: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients, will improve witness preparation skills.This book is an invaluable aid in refining skills for delivering witness testimony with an impact.
- About the Author
- Please Raise Your Right Hand...
- Why Tell the Truth?
- The Gaps
- The Perception Gap
- The Audience Gap
- The Conversation Gap
- The Control Gap
- Preparing Ourselves
- Understanding the Audience
- Three Mistakes Witnesses Make
- Seven Mistakes Lawyers Make
- What Preparation Means
- Basic Principles
- Rule 1: Take Your Time
- Rule 2: Always Remember You Are Making a Record
- Rule 3: Tell the Truth
- Rule 4: Be Relentlessly Polite
- Rule 5: Don't Answer a Question You Don't Understand!
- Rule 6: If You Don't Remember, Say So
- Rule 7: Don't Guess
- Rule 8: Do Not Volunteer
- Rule 9: Be Careful with Documents and Prior Statements
- Rule 10: Use Your Counsel
- Making an Impact
- Adapting to the Situation
- The Deposition Witness
- The Grand Jury Witness
- The Trial Witness
- The Party Witness
- The Expert Witness
- The Corporate Representative Witness
- The Physician as Witness
- The Criminal Defendant
- The Ethics of Witness Preparation
- The Witness Bill of Rights
- Appendix A. Sample Witness Outline
- Appendix B. Witness Preparation Summary Handout
- Appendix C. How Are Things in Russia?
- Appendix D. How Was Your Flight?
- Appendix E. How Are Things at the Hospital?
- Appendix F. Witness Bill of Rights