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Learning and Billable Hours

Unsure of what to expect, Howrey associate Melinda Lackey looked around the room nervously and wondered, not for the first time, why her firm had brought her and 19 other first-year lawyers to Washington, D.C., for a two-and-a-half day academy on how to take depositions from witnesses. An hour later, she was in front of her peers, taking the deposition of a hostile witness played by a professional actor. "It was," remembers Lackey, "an eye-opening experience.

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