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Deposition Academy - Collinsville

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel is pleased to present the Deposition Academy designed specifically for defense counsel. The Deposition Academy is an excellent means of providing “on your feet” experience for lawyers who have limited deposition experience or for those who would like to refine their deposition skills.

10/13/2017
When: October 13, 2017
From 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Doubletree by Hilton Collinsville/St. Louis
1000 Eastport Plaza Drive
Collinsville, Illinois  62234
United States
Contact: Sandra Wulf
800-232-0169


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We are pleased to present the IDC Deposition Academy designed specifically for Illinois defense counsel. Deposition Academy students will be teamed with leaders in the Illinois defense community for an intensive practical education in the skills and techniques key to developing and maintaining a successful Illinois defense practice. The IDC Deposition Academy is an excellent means of providing “on your feet” experience for lawyers who have limited deposition experience or for those who would like to refine their deposition skills. Whether you’ve never taken a deposition or you’ve taken many, the IDC Deposition Academy will tailor your group to your experience level so that you come away with tips, techniques and pointers to help you succeed when taking depositions.

What to Expect

The Deposition Academy is an intensive program, designed to give personal attention and an exceptional education in deposition techniques. Students will be assigned to groups of four and groups will be led by an experienced Illinois defense attorney. Each student will receive case materials prior to the Academy and will then perform depositions receive individualized break out instruction on taking and defending depositions including expert depositions based upon “real” case discovery materials. The Illinois Deposition Academy will not only provide great lecturers but on your feet experience. 

Registration Information

Registration is $175 for IDC members ($275 for non-members). Enrollment for the Academy is limited to 28 with registration being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To guarantee that students receive their Academy materials with ample time to prepare for the Academy, and due to the limited enrollment of students, early registration is highly recommended.

Registrations may be transferred to another registrant with notice. Registration fee refunds must be requested in writing and will be made according to the following schedule:

  • 100% Refund 60 or more days before Academy;
  • 50% Refund 30-59 days before Academy;
  • No Refund 0-29 days before Academy 

Continuing Legal Education

We will apply for the following CLE credit for this program:

  • Illinois & Indiana 7.5
  • Missouri & Wisconsin 9.1

Locations

The 2017 IDC Deposition Academy will be offered in two locations – Collinsville and Naperville. IDC will host its Collinsville Academy on Friday, Octovber 13 at the Doubletree by Hilton Collinsville-St. Louis, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville; and our Naperville Academy on Friday, October 27 at the NIU Naperville Conference Center, 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville.

Schedule

8:00 - 8:10  Welcome & Introductions
8:10 - 8:35

Faculty Presentation: Deposition Checklist
In this presentation, our faculty will outline the steps for effectively preparing and conducting a deposition.

8:35 - 8:50

Faculty Presentation: Objections
This presentation will delve into the objections that counsel may raise during a deposition, how to respond to those objections and when to end a deposition and/or contact a judge for an immediate ruling.

8:50 - 9:30

Basics of Depositions
This presentation will include the preliminary instructions, reservation of signature, reservation of rights, and dealing with the time constraints of depositions.

9:30 - 11:30

Breakout Session: Deposition of a Plaintiff
In this small group breakout session, Academy students will practice deposing plaintiffs.

11:30 - 12:15 Luncheon
12:15 - 12:30

Faculty Presentation: Personnel & Technology
In this presentation, our faculty will discuss the use of court reporters, interpreters, and video in furtherance of the deposition.

12:30 - 12:50

Faculty Presentation: Expert Witnesses
This presentation will cover the do's and don’ts of expert witnesses, whether retained or opposition.

12:50 - 2:00

Breakout Session: Deposition of an Expert
During this breakout session, Academy students will practice deposing expert witnesses.

2:00 - 2:15

Faculty Presentation: Deposition Strategies
This presentation will cover the strategies that counsel should consider when in federal and state court and due diligence.

2:15 - 2:30

Faculty Presentation: Witness Preparation
In this program, our faculty will show students the in’s and out’s of preparing witness.

2:30 - 4:30

Breakout Session: Preparation for Deposition and Production of Defendant at Deposition
During this breakout session, Academy students will practice deposing defendants.

Featured Speakers


James D. Ahern is a partner in the Cassiday Schade, LLP Chicago office and has dedicated his career to the defense of medical malpractice cases. Mr. Ahern is also co-chair of the firm's Associate Training and Development program. He is involved in all aspects of case handling; from discovery through trial through the appeal. He has served as both first and second chair in trials involving various medical specialties including neonatology, pathology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, otolaryngology, ENT medicine, and family practice. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in 1989.

Denise Baker-Seal, Principal at Brown & James, P.C., focuses her practice on employment cases, as well as catastrophic injury cases. She frequently represents employers and other businesses, including product manufacturers, truck lines and property owners. Ms. Baker-Seal also participates as an arbitrator in the St. Clair County (IL) and Madison County (IL) mandatory arbitration program. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Baker-Seal served as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Lewis M. Blanton, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Ms. Baker-Seal is a member of the IDC Board of Directors. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and Missouri, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and several U.S. district courts in IL and MO.

Laura K. Beasley is a partner with the Joley, Oliver & Beasley, P.C. firm in Belleville. Ms. Beasley focuses her practice in the area of insurance defense, construction litigation, products liability and general civil litigation. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1996 from Austin Peay University and her law degree from Southern Illinois University School in 2001. She is a member of several bar associations and currently serves as the IDC Secretary/Treasurer. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and Missouri State Courts, United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Missouri.
Christopher B. Bortz is a partner in the law firm of Neville, Richards & Wuller, LLC, in Belleville, Illinois. He is a trial and appellate lawyer specializing in professional liability claims, personal injury defense and general insurance defense. Mr. Bortz earned his undergraduate degree in History from Purdue University (B.A. 1996). He received his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law (J.D. 1999). Mr. Bortz is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Mr. Bortz serves as a member of the St. Clair County Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Joseph A. Bleyer is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1983 and is a graduate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1986. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, United States District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He has tried 78 jury trials in various Illinois State Courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He has argued appeals in the Fifth District Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a partner with the Law Firm of Bleyer and Bleyer, Marion, Illinois and currently serves as a member of the IDC Board of Directors.

Brian T. Henry is an equity partner of Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered. While the majority of his trials have been on behalf of hospitals or medical professionals, he has tried lawsuits in several other areas, including product liability, premises liability, false imprisonment and commercial litigation. For over 15 years, Mr. Henry has averaged five to six jury trials per year. Mr. Henry is a long-time North Central Region Trial Academy faculty member and was a member of the faculty of the 2001 Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel. In 2002, Mr. Henry was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

J. Dennis Marek of Ackman, Marek, Meyer, Tebo and Coghlan, Ltd. has specialized in defense law for most of his career. He was elected to The American College of Trial Lawyers in 1991 and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Marek is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and a Facilitator of Circuit Judges for the Illinois Supreme Court. He has taught at the IDC Trial Academy for many years, at American International College, Kankakee Community College, and various continuing education courses for Illinois lawyers.

Nicole D. Milos is a partner with Cremer, Spina, Shaughnessy, Jansen & Siegert, LLC, where her practice focuses in the areas of General Tort Litigation, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation actions, Construction Litigation, Employers’ Liability, Professional Liability, Insurance Coverage claims and civil appeals. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2001 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana. She currently serves as the IDC Second Vice President.

Bradley C. Nahrstadt is a partner of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd., and focuses his practice on defending product liability, professional liability, premises liability, insurance coverage and bad faith and commercial matters in state and federal courts around the country, and also has handled a number of matters at the appellate level. Mr. Nahrstadt received his J.D., cum laude, in 1992 from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at DePaul University College of Law and for several years taught a course on litigation as part of the paralegal studies program at the College of Lake County. Mr. Nahrstadt is active in numerous professional organizations and is the IDC President-Elect.

Gregory W. Odom, a Partner in the Edwardsville office of HepleBroom LLC, focuses his practice on commercial, premises liability, toxic tort, and product liability litigation. Mr. Odom has represented individuals, local businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in Illinois and Missouri state and federal courts. He has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict and has successfully argued before the Illinois Court of Appeals. Mr. Odom received his B.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2005 and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University in 2008. He is Chair of the Events Committee for the IDC and a member of the IDC Board of Directors. In addition to his membership in the IDC, Mr. Odom is a member of the Madison County and St. Clair County Bar Associations. He also serves as an arbitrator for the Third Judicial Circuit Court-Annexed Mandatory Arbitration Program. 

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