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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Depositions

Preparation: The Key to Deposition Success October 2014 Column, Page 501 The three ps of deposition success are preparation, preparation, and preparation.
Preventing Deposition Abuse in Illinois By Jeffrey A. Parness March 2012 Column, Page 162 Illinois courts should require prediscovery conferrals and other deposition-management techniques, the author opines.
Depositions of Gravely Ill Illinois Claimants By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2008 Column, Page 476  A majority in Berry found that while the trial court ruled correctly the system failed.
Fees for Physician Testimony: What’s Reasonable? By Timothy J. Harris September 2008 Article, Page 460 A look at the governing rules, along with common-sense ways lawyers can keep doctors from charging too much for testifying.
No discovery deps allowed By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2008 Lawpulse, Page 384 A recent case underscores the importance of taking a party's evidence - not discovery - deposition if he or she may die before trial.
Clients behaving badly By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2008 Lawpulse, Page 230 When a client or witness spins out of control during a hearing or deposition, is doing nothing a safe route?
Contacting, deposing employees of opposing parties: a how-to By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2008 Lawpulse, Page 10 Don’t just call up your opponent’s employees, even if they’re working elsewhere. Consider first whether doing so might violate legal or ethical rules.
Correspondence from Our Readers December 2007 Column, Page 618 Returning phone calls, etc.
What court reporters want By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2007 Lawpulse, Page 510  At depositions, they want you to say out loud who is in the room. And to speak slowly. And not to interrupt other speakers. And...
Deposition cross must remain within scope of direct May 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 On January 23, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Coles County, finding the circuit court had not abused its discretion in disallowing certain portions of deposition testimony offered by the defendant.
Oppositional depositions - telling your client not to answer By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2007 Lawpulse, Page 230 A recent federal case sheds light about when and how lawyers can counsel their clients to refuse to answer questions in a deposition.