Punked at a Deposition

The jokes lawyers tell themselves.

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3 Responses

  1. Ann Bartow says:

    Dave,

    I know you aren’t necessarily endorsing this at any level, and I’m glad you posted it because I think it can lead to some interesting discussions. But I have to tell you, the “joke” questions the complaining witness was asked here are a lot like the questions that do get asked in real sexual harassment cases, and it’s not at all funny then.

  2. Dave Hoffman says:

    Ann, yes, it’s not funny on at least two levels. And how could you possibly explain the entire set-up to a judge were the “witness” (a firm employee?) to sue for sexual harassment?

  3. Scott Moss says:

    I thought it was pretty funny, but the sad thing is that Ann is right: many of these questions actually would be permissible in a sex harassment case. I represented plaintiffs at deps where some really absurd and demeaning questions would be asked, partly on the theory, “you have to show that the harassment was ‘highly offensive,’ so now I have to ask you questions about what you do and don’t find offensive.” And I’ve seen attorneys be more obnoxious to each other (I plead the fifth as to whether I ever was one of those attorneys….).

    And I confess that I was “gotten” by my old law firm the month I left — they sent in a (fake) client for an initial consultation who, it turned out an hour later, was being chased by a (fake) police officer who then accused me of helping her launder money she had in a bag she left in my office…. I was sweating it for a few minutes there, I admit!