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Engineering in the Courtroom: How to Become an Effective Expert Witness for the Jury

Learn strategies so that you convey expertise, credibility, objectivity and credentials as an expert witness.

Expert witness testimony, used effectively, can be a powerful tool to positively influence juror perception of a case. However, expert witness testimony, often more than any other aspect of trial, also has the potential to alienate and confuse jurors. This on-demand webinar will focus on strategies for delivering technical information successfully to become an effective expert for the jury. We will begin by exploring the fundamental roles (investigator, educator, and evaluator) that an expert witness or technical consultant plays in advancing a case narrative to influence a trial outcome. Next, the program will delineate a preparation process for communicating concepts that jurors will remember, strengthening consistency between direct and cross examination and avoiding common mistakes that diminish the value of an expert's knowledge. Finally, we will examine the criteria jurors use to evaluate an expert witness - expertise, credibility, objectivity and credentials.

Runtime: 89 minutes
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Agenda

The Expert's Fundamental Role to the Jury

  • Understanding the Trial Process From the Jurors' Point of View
  • Examining the Expert's Role in Relation to the Jury: Investigator, Educator and Evaluator

The Witness Preparation Process

  • Understanding the Trial Context
  • Reviewing Fundamentals of the Courtroom

- Judge and Juror Bias and Expectation

- Case Themes

- Clarification of Substantive Points

- Determining Demonstrative Exhibits

  • Taking Charge of the Testimony
  • Honing in on Presentation Skills
  • Making a Case Attractive and Comprehensive
  • The Need for Feedback

- Videotaped Practice Sessions

- Simulated Jury Feedback

Mastering Direct and Cross Examination Testimony

  • The Main Purpose of Direct and Cross Examination
  • Presenting Facts in the Best Light
  • Clarity of Questions and Answers
  • Anxiety and Tone
  • The Paid Testimony Question

Common Mistakes

  • Under the Microscope
  • Powerful vs. Powerless Speech
  • Memorization
  • Alienating the Jury

Juror Criteria for Evaluating an Expert Witness

  • Expertise
  • Credibility
  • Objectivity
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Faculty

Darren Johnson

Darren Johnson

DecisionQuest

  • Works in the Minneapolis office of DecisionQuest, a national trial consulting firm that has been ranked Best Jury Consultant by the New York Law Journal for both 2010 and 2011
  • Expert in trial and visual communication strategies, and new media technologies with which to present them
  • Expertise includes strategy and theme development, witness evaluation and preparation, pretrial research design and analysis, community attitude and venue studies, jury selection and post-trial interviews, as well as courtroom presentation techniques and technology
  • Worked nationwide on cases involving issues of product liability, personal injury, employment, medical malpractice, intellectual property, antitrust, finance, insurance, construction and environmental law
  • Produced videos for the American Bar Association on the topic of diversity in the legal profession including the recent Tort, Trial and Practice Section release The Diversity Factor: Capturing the Competitive Advantage
  • His article "Expert Witness Performance" was published in the summer 2010 issue of the Georgia Defense Lawyer
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Product ID: 394482
Published 2014
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