Ethics and Witnesses (LEL901)

Avoiding Impermissible Coaching, Ex Parte Communications, and Dealing with False Testimony

Do you know the difference between improper coaching and appropriately preparing your witnesses?  Where is the line between zealous advocacy and unethical behavior?  What is the impact of social media?  What are your obligations when a witness provides false testimony?

This program will explore a variety of ethical issues, including:

  • An examination of the specific ethics rules that are called into play in witness preparation
  • The line between permissible preparation and impermissible coaching by looking at a number of common scenarios (e.g., the “lecture,” word suggestions, influencing appearance, demeanor and confidence, simultaneous preparation of multiple witnesses, etc.)
  • Dealing with false testimony
  • Ex parte contact with adverse witnesses (including, through the use of social media) and advising your witnesses with respect to contact by opposing counsel
  • Deposition conduct (obstructionist/speaking objections, etc.)

Join our panel for a robust discussion of the issues:

  • Thomas N. Ciantra, Partner, Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
  • John Gaal, Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King
  • Melissa S. Woods, First Deputy Commissioner/General Counsel, New York City Commission on Human Rights

When:                   Friday, November 13, 2015
                              8:30 am— Registration & Breakfast
                              9:00 am - 11:00 am—Program
Where:                  Cornell ILR NYC Conference Center
                              16 East 34th Street, 6th floor
                              New York, NY 10016
Fee:                       $150.00 (includes materials and continental breakfast)
CLE Credit:          2.0 CLEs – Ethics (Transitional and Non-Transitional)



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