More Lawyer Advertising: Depositions 101
Maybe I just don't get it.
On the Birmingham Injury Blog, lawyer John Watts has begun a series of videos on the basic principles of deposition preparation. He's posted the first video, in which he discusses the most important principle of sitting for a deposition: Tell the truth.
The next video, in which he lists the four rules of answering questions, though it doesn't appear to have been posted to Watts's blog yet, is available on YouTube. And, now, on Legal Blog Watch:
In my days practicing in New York, I prepared many a witness for deposition. And I have no quarrel with the advice given by Watts so far. It sounds very much like what the first five minutes of a deposition prep session for a novice witness should sound like.
What I fail to understand is how posting videos like this to a blog and/or YouTube serves Mr. Watts or his clients. Are there really situations where a witness will be Googling around the Internet the night before his deposition looking for tips, come across Watts's videos and decide, "Hey, maybe I should have a lawyer come with me?" Once he's already been retained, does he refer clients/witnesses to his videos to save himself the hassle of meeting with them in person?
Watts seems to be a serial video-maker, offering advice on the FDCPA, automobile accidents and more. What's the point? Is it simply about the appearance of expertise and gaining maximum search engine results? Somebody, please help me understand.
Posted by Eric Lipman on June 23, 2010 at 12:55 PM | Permalink
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