Ethics for Witness Preparation

Originally held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Program Instructor:

Steven C. Bennett
Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin PLLC

  • Preparation of a witness (for testimony or a deposition) is an essential element of the dispute resolution process. Witnesses often misconceive their role in the process, and may have fears about what they can, and cannot, say. The advocate may ethically assist in preparing the witness to testify, but there are many traps for the unwary. This program outlines the proper (and potentially improper) methods of witness preparation. It includes discussion of a number of hypotheticals, designed to sensitize advocates to what can go wrong, and how to handle such challenging situations.

    OnDemand: $149 for Members | $249 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2017-2019), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges (and their staff who are also members), or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Introduction: Goals of Witness Preparation
    6:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Preparation Versus Coaching
    6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Protection of Privilege
    6:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Payment for Testimony
    7:00 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. Break
    7:10 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Corporate Witnesses
    7:25 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. Hypotheticals: What Can Go Wrong
    7:50 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Take-Aways/Additional Resources

  • CLE Credit
    New York:
    2.0 Ethics
    New Jersey:
     2.2 Professional Responsibility
    1.5 Professional Responsibility
    1.5 Professional Responsibility

    Please Note: Newly admitted NY attorneys cannot fulfill ethics or skills credits through our on-demand programs under OCA rules. For more information on this, please see

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