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Effectively Employ the Rules for Expert Witnesses

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Cases often hinge on expert witnesses, so it is vital to have a firm understanding of the court rules governing their use. Are you strategically using the rules of evidence and procedure to maximize the effectiveness of your experts while discounting the validity of opposing experts' experience, methodology and more? In this intensive, one-day seminar, our experienced faculty will share tips on using rules concerning expert witnesses with surgical precision, so you have the upper hand in court. From expert reports to testimony, apply the rules concerning expert witnesses to your best advantage - register today!

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  • Maximize the effectiveness of your expert witnesses by learning the ways which judges want you to employ them.
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  • Analyze your experts' reports to pinpoint mistakes that have case-devastating potential.
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  • Get your experts ready for deposition by ensuring they thoroughly understand the deposition procedure from start to finish.
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  • Locate key documents and other sources of information that can set up opposing experts for impeachment.
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  • Get your experts' testimony admitted into evidence by ensuring their qualifications, methodology and character are all acceptable.
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  • Cast doubt on opposing experts in cross examination by highlighting weaknesses in their testimony, the invalidity of their methodology and more.
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  • Avoid ethical pitfalls by knowing issues raised by expert witness compensation.
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  1. A Judge's Perspective on Expert Witnesses
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    9:00 - 9:45, Hon. Roderick T. Kennedy_x000D_
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  3. Applying the Rules of Evidence to Expert Reports
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    9:45 - 10:30, Brenda M. Saiz_x000D_ _x000D_
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    1. Should an Expert Report be Prepared?
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    3. The Logistics of Obtaining and Requesting Expert Reports
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    5. Materials to Give to the Expert (and to Withhold)
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    7. Preparing and Analyzing the Report - Top Mistakes That Need to be Avoided
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    9. Using Expert Reports to Negotiate and Litigate Damages
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    11. Using Expert Reports to Support/Oppose Motions for Summary Judgment
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  5. Expert Witness Depositions: Adhering to the Rules
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    1. Preparing Your Expert for Deposition_x000D_
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      1. Ensuring Your Expert Understands the Deposition Procedure
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      3. Critical Documents Experts Need for Deposition
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      5. Opposing Counsel Questions and Goals: Does Your Expert Understand?
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      7. Increasing Expert Effectiveness in Video Depositions
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      9. Terminating Depositions
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    3. Deposing the Opposing Expert_x000D_
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      1. Getting and Reviewing the Expert's File
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      3. Ensuring Proper Deposition Timing
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      5. Using Depositions at Trial: Practical Tips
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  7. Laying the Foundation for Impeachment During Deposition
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    11:30 - 12:15, Jeffrey M. Croasdell_x000D_ _x000D_
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    1. Relevant Rules for Expert Impeachment
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    3. Necessary Documents to Request
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    5. Other Sources of Impeachable Information
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    7. Pinpointing Information That Questions Credibility
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    9. Utilizing Learned Treatises for Impeachment
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  9. Admission Hurdles for Expert Testimony
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    1:15 - 2:15, Scott P. Hatcher_x000D_ _x000D_
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    1. Daubert/Frye Gatekeeping Standards: An Overview
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    3. Admissibility of Non-Scientific Expert Testimony
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    5. Expert Character, Competency and Qualifications
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    7. Admissibility of What you Give Your Expert
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    9. Is the Expert's Methodology Acceptable?
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    11. Limits for Expert Opinions and the Use of Inadmissible Evidence
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    13. The Expert's Opinion: is it Hearsay?
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    15. Using Motions to Block Expert Testimony
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  11. Cross-and Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses
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    1. Direct Examination_x000D_
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      1. Qualification Questions That Illustrate Experience
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      3. Humanizing the Expert: Helpful Tips
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      5. Using Hypotheticals to Show Relevancy
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      7. The Expert's Opinion: What Supporting Evidence Must They Give?
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      9. Framing Questions to Build Logical Connections
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      11. Magnifying Expert Credibility
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      13. Using Experts to Create Exhibits
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      15. The Expert as a Teacher: Presentation Best Practices
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    3. Cross-Examination_x000D_
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      1. Ensuring Cross-Examinations are not Harassment
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      3. Exploiting Weaknesses in the Expert's Testimony
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      5. Illustrating the Invalidity of the Expert's Methodology
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      7. Using the Expert's Report Against Them
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      9. Using Compensation to Cast Doubt
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  13. Ethical Considerations for Working with Experts
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    3:30 - 4:30, Brenda M. Saiz and Jeffrey M. Croasdell_x000D_ _x000D_
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    1. Confidentiality and Privileged Communications with Experts
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    3. Work Product Doctrine
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    5. Fees and the Expert Opinion
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    7. Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
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    9. Practical Examples - Real Life Scenarios
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