The Ethical Considerations in Preparing a
Tuesday, February 25 2014
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP 1133 Avenue of the
Americas New York, NY 10036
This program will explore a situation which every litigator
encounters: preparing a witness to testify, either at trial or a
deposition. We will explore the ethical boundaries of preparing
(some might call it coaching) a witness in various contexts.
Co-Chairs: Richard Dolan and Herb Eisenberg Host: Patterson Belknap
Webb & Tyler LLP.
1. Niesig v. Team
I, 76 N.Y.2d 363, 559 N.Y.S.2d 493
2. In re
Grievance Committee of the U.S. District Court, District of
Connecticut (John Doe, Esquire v. The Federal Grievance
Committee), 847 F.2d 57 (2d Cir. 1988).
3. Resolution Trust Company v.
H.R. "Bum" Bright, 6 F.3d 336
(5th Cir. 1993).
v. Clifton Precision, a Division of Litton Systems,
Inc., 150 F.R.D. 525 (E.D. Pa.
Law Review Articles:
1. Sam Roberts, Should
Prosecutors Be Required to Record Their Pretrial Interviews with
Accomplices and Snitches?, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 257 (Oct.
2. Bennett L.
Gershman, Witness Coaching by Prosecutors, 23 Cardozo L. Rev.
829 (Feb. 2002).
3. W. William Hodes,
The Professional Duty to Horseshed Witnesses - Zealously, Within
the Bounds of the Law, 30 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1343 (1999).
4. Fred C.
Zacharias and Shaun Martin, Coaching Witnesses, 87 Ky. L. J.
5. Richard C.
Wydick, The Ethics of Witness Coaching, 17 Cardozo L. Rev. 1
6. Joseph D. Piorkowski,
Jr., Professional Conduct and the Preparation of Witnesses for
Trial: Defining the Acceptable Limitations of "Coaching", 1
Geo. J. Legal Ethics 389 (Fall 1987).
1. Elkan Abramowitz and
Barry A. Bohrer, White Collar Crime Column -- Handling Witnesses:
The Boundaries of Proper Witness Preparation, N.Y.L.J., May 2,
2006 (col. 1).
2. Bruce A.
Green, Compensating Witnesses: The Ethical Restriction and Three