Celesq® Programs

Ethics of Witness Preparation: Best Practices for All Lawyers

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Effective witness preparation is essential to successful witness testimony. But ethics rules constrain the methods by which lawyers prepare their witnesses to testify. This program outlines the legitimate goals of preparation, and the nature of applicable ethics limitations on the process. Topics include: · Protection of privilege· Coaching versus preparation· Correction of testimony· Payment for testimony· Corporate witnesses. Ethics authorities covered include ABA Model Rule 1.1 (competence); Model Rule 1.2(d) (counseling clients not to commit crime or fraud): Model Rule 3.3 (offering evidence known to be false); Model Rule 8.4 (conduct involving dishonesty); and Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6) (deposition of corporation by representative).

Available in States

  • California
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Business Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Ethics & Professionalism
  • Federal Courts
  • In-House Counsel
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Regulatory and Administrative Law


  • Legal Ethics : 1 Credit