LE-8, Commas In the Courtroom:Preparing for Deposition (before you begin drafting)
September 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Long after the ink on the lease is dry, and long after the parties fail to resolve their disputes informally, in come the litigators. They twist and turn commas, cross-references, defined terms, and “notwithstanding” this or that into a soup that creates ambiguities where none may have existed. Through an advanced interactive, simulated deposition process, attendees will learn how careless commas, “including but not limited to,” incorporation by reference, and other legal jargon adopted from form leases create ambiguities that are exploited in depositions and at trial. Understanding how to give a good deposition can (hopefully) allow practitioners to avoid these ambiguities in drafting, and help secure the original intent of the lease when litigation is necessary.