The Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has released the first of a quarterly series of "Professionalism Dos and Don'ts." This issue covers best practices regarding depositions, including recommended guidelines for scheduling, conducting and attending depositions. Examples of Dos include reviewing local rules, setting a reasonable time limit for a deposition, and providing documents to a deponent when asked. Examples of Don'ts include making rude or degrading comments to a deponent or opposing counsel, taking a deposition to harass a witness, and providing answers for a witness to give.
Changes to Rules 8, 26 and 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective this week, on Decemer 1, 2010. The new rules make changes to pleading affirmative defenses, expert witness discovery, and the procedures for summary judgment. The amendments also include an Illustrative Civil Form 52 for the "Report of the Parties' Planning Meeting." A good summary of the new rules can be found at martindale.com.