Nevada Court Takes Action Against Deposition Misbehavior

Earlier this year court officials in Clark County, Nevada, attempted to reign in deposition misbehavior by issuing an administrative order that collects in one place the law pertaining to the most common deposition-related disputes. The effort appears to have been successful. Since the publication of Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County) Administrative Order 22-08 on…

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Remote Depositions Find Permanent Home in Revised Florida Court Rules

Earlier this month the Florida Supreme Court ordered sweeping changes to that state’s court rules, giving technology-driven virtual hearings and remote depositions a permanent role in the state’s judicial processes. The decision is further evidence of the widening acceptance of modern communications technology within the legal profession. The court said, in a July 14 opinion,…

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Technology Competence Is Key to Conducting Remote Depositions Ethically

We recently wrote about ethical considerations that are present in every deposition. We saw that the ethical rules applicable to depositions are mainly concerned with ensuring the integrity of the judicial process — professional obligations designed to guard against false testimony, overly coached testimony, or testimony that is unreliable in light of the circumstances under…

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Eight Ethical Pitfalls to Avoid at Your Next Deposition

The line dividing zealous advocacy and professional misconduct can be hard to spot, and it can appear with little advance notice during a heated moment in litigation. This is particularly true in pretrial depositions, which take place without judicial supervision and where the lawyers are left to call their own balls and strikes in question-and-answer…

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What Lawyers Can Learn from Web Design Experts

When website designers mention the term “usability,” they’re referring to a website’s ability to efficiently convey information to an online visitor and, hopefully, convert that visitor into a paying customer. In a highly competitive online environment, e-commerce websites live and die based on their ability to accomplish this feat. A poorly designed website will not…

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SOC Reports Provide Critical Insights on Vendor Data Security Practices

I’ve written several times during the past year about the importance of information security for legal professionals. Mitigating the threat of unauthorized access to client confidential information is one of the most challenging operational responsibilities that law firms face today. Although there was a time when some legal community leaders believed that lawyers were not…

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