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Engineering in the Courtroom: Becoming a Technical Consultant or Expert Witness

Learn the essentials necessary to become an effective and persuasive communicator to key decision makers, be it judge, jury or arbitrator.

New or seasoned expert witnesses are subject to the attorney's evaluation of their assistance during litigation. Word of mouth travels fast - especially when it is a negative review. Many of our clients have told us that there are too many times a key expert witness 'wows' them during the interview, but falls short in developing their opinions, writing the report, providing solid deposition testimony or worse, fails to deliver during trial testimony (solution). This topic helps new or seasoned experts refine their skill set to learn the essentials necessary to become an effective and persuasive communicator to key decision makers, be it judge, jury or arbitrator. From the perspective of the party who hires you (e.g., the attorney), you will learn what is important when developing a resume, how to develop defensible opinions and keep your objectivity. From the perspective of the jury consultant who has interviewed hundreds of jurors after trial, you will learn how to communicate your expertise persuasively and confidently to the key decision makers. Failure to follow these guidelines will undermine an expert's credibility, lessen your ability to effectively persuade, and develop a reputation among the legal profession that will hurt your chances of being hired consistently.

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Agenda

The Role of Expert Witnesses in Civil Litigation

  • Why Are Expert Witnesses Necessary?
  • How to Properly Define Your Area(s) of Expertise and Practice Areas
  • Business Aspects (e.g., Setting Your Fee, etc.)

Developing a Curriculum Vitae

  • What Should Be Included and Why
  • What Should Not Be Included and Why
  • What Additional Features Are Important to Bolster Your Credibility?

Developing and Communicating Your Opinions

  • How to Form Defensible Opinions
  • Understand the Standards That Govern Your Opinion
  • Essentials of Expert Witness Report
  • The Deposition and Trial Testimony

Increase Your Credibility With Your Audience - Judge, Jury or Arbitrator

  • What Are Decision Makers' Attitudes Toward, and Expectations for, Experts?
  • Build Credibility
    • Factors That Increase Witness Credibility
    • Factors That Decrease Witness Credibility
  • Importance of How to Clearly Answer Questions to Keep the Decision-Maker's Attention
    • Develop Themes
    • Answer Style/Structure
    • Graphics

Avoiding Ethical Issues and Maintaining Integrity

  • Make Sure They Are Your Opinions, Not Your Attorney's
  • Know When to Say No
  • Fee Structure
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on October 2, 2018.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.6
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.6 hours credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CO CLE 2.0
     
  • This program may qualify for 2.0 credit hours through the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education through reciprocity. This course is accredited in other jurisdictions such as New Jersey. To receive CLE credit for this program, a home study affidavit must be submitted to the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • MT CLE 1.75
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.75 CLE credits.
     
  • ND CLE 1.5
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.6
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 95 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.9
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.9 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.58
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.58 hours of credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of self-study CLE credit.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.9
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.9 MCLE hours.
     

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • GA CLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • ME CLE 1.5
     
  • MT CLE 1.5
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Over 31 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Faculty

Merrie Jo Pitera, Ph.D.

Merrie Jo Pitera, Ph.D.

Litigation Insights

  • CEO/Senior Research Director – Litigation Insights, Inc., a jury research, visual communications company
  • A psychology and communications expert who has more than 28 years of experience in the field
  • Practice areas include intellectual property, employment, commercial, environmental and product liability/personal injury litigation
  • Communication expertise includes preparing expert, corporate and fact witnesses for Daubert hearings, depositions, trials, arbitrations, and congressional hearings
  • She is a frequent national and international speaker on jury behavior and witness prep methods
  • In addition to publishing articles in a variety of law journals on jury selection and trial preparation, she has written many white papers re the communication skills for the testifying expert and/or corporate witness. She is also the co-author of a book entitled: Storytelling for the Defense: The Defense Attorney’s Courtroom Guide to Beating Plaintiffs at their Own Game
Joseph M. Price, J.D.

Joseph M. Price, J.D.

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

  • Senior Counsel with Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Senior trial lawyer and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Decades of experience and a passion for solid science to representing pharmaceutical and medical device makers in complex litigation, mass tort and class action products liability cases
  • Tried numerous medical product liability cases in 10 states and is nationally and internationally recognized for his mass tort expertise
  • One of the pioneers in mass tort and medical device litigation, dating back to his extensive involvement in the Dalkon Shield litigation in the early 1970s
  • Has served as MDL, national coordinating and liaison counsel in major medical products litigation, tried many cases, and played key roles in the national and regional defense and coordination of such litigation
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Product ID: 400077
Published 2018
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