The ethical issues of witness preparation are not always easy, but understanding them is essential to your practice and reputation. In this practical program, Dan Small shows you how to ethically prepare effective witnesses as he explores the true nature and purpose of witness preparation, the difference between coaching and preparation, appropriate and effective preparation practices, the perjury dilemma, and more.
Preparing witnesses is essential to effective, zealous representation but, even for seasoned litigators, the ethical issues can be tough. The process itself takes you to the edge of ethical catastrophe. As a result, too many lawyers shy from the challenge and fi nd excuses to avoid extensive preparation, or limit their preparation to a standard “Witness 101” speech. Neither choice is acceptable.
Your duty is to zealously represent your client/witness. How can you fulfill that duty without intensive preparation for the unnatural and challenging witness environment?
Dan Small has addressed the ethical issues of witness preparation throughout his litigation career, in his writing, teaching, and practice. In this always highly rated program, he shows you how to prepare strong witnesses without crossing the ethical line.