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Part 1 (Opening 30 minutes, presented in Chicago)

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Agenda for Part 1 (1.5 CLE Hours in California)

  • Several fascinating remarks re the webinar's "ground rules"
  • Introduction of a famous case and its "Mt. Olympus" expert, who will be cross-examined throughout the webinar
  • Two categories of attack against the adverse expert's opinion
  • Overview: deposition logic applied to adverse expert depositions
  • When attacks against an expert should be played at deposition
  • Much more of that famous case (Patience please ... dozens of archetypal principles are explained and illustrated in Parts #2, 3, 4, & 5.)
  • The structure of every opinion: O = R + 2F
  • End point opinions, subordinate opinions, & bedrock findings & bedrock assumptions
  • Critical listening skills tested

Agenda for Part 2 (1 CLE Hour in California)

  • The schematic every-case-forever chart introduced
  • Five categories of expert opinions
  • Two must-be-asked questions at the expert's deposition
  • Ten kinds (common names) of expert rules
  • X and Y factors defined
  • Five components to a great cross-examination of an adverse expert

Agenda for Part 3 (1 CLE Hour in California)

  • A scientific rule
  • A black hole = a schnirppy, a gzornonplatz, and an event horizon
  • When to use leading questions during the expert's deposition
  • Experiential rules (science vs. art)
  • Adverse expert vs. cross-examiner’s expert
  • Saving attacks for surprise at trial
  • Attacking an experiential, "you-gotta-trust-me" rule

Agenda for Part 4 (1.5 CLE Hours in California)

  • Attacking the scope of expert's claimed/implied area of expertise
  • Non-expert rules and the cloak of expertise
  • Expert’s rule’s essential factors (“necessary” and “sufficient”)
  • Expert’s answer’s strength
  • Expert’s weighing process
  • Critical listening skills tested
  • Two incredibly important -and easy to master- techniques
  • Attacks vs. expert’s X factors
  • The certainty scale and two archetypal arguments
  • Expert's sources of assumptions

Agenda for Part 5 (1.5 CLE Hours in California)

  • More re expert's sources of assumptions and the chief lines of attack
  • Attacking expert’s findings derived through expert methods
  • Attacking expert’s findings derived through non-expert methods
  • The perfection question
  • Expert’s trinity of attacks vs. Y factors
  • Review of some key teaching points
  • Coda: Don’t squander the deposition of opposing expert