Depo Prep – Assignment out of Town

Reporting prep for a job out of your local area doesn’t start when you get to the job and work on setting up and entering brief forms… oh, no. It starts the night before the job. And how!

It’s Print the map. Get the phone number for the location. See if the map is the way you really would go. Figure out how long that REALLY is going to take. What time do you have to LEAVE the house to be there so you’re a half-hour early (gotta be all set up and ready to go at the time of the dep)? What’s the weather going to be like? What are you going to wear? Is your Bluetooth charged up? Do you pack a lunch? Pack your equipment case (don’t forget the translation key!). Pack your job folder – which agency am I working for? Egads, do I have their forms?!

And – OMG, it’s TIME TO GO TO BED! My deposition is in Fayetteville, NC, Tuesday and it’s starting at 8:30 a.m. Man, I do NOT want to leave the house at 6:30 in the morning. Probably ought to set up the coffee pot for it to have my caffeine ready when I stumble bleary-eyed through the kitchen.

Why is it that people start these depositions so early anyway? Most people aren’t really ready to start anything SERIOUS until 10:00 a.m. anyway – right?

Note to attorneys: Please do NOT schedule any depositions before 10:00 a.m.