Saturday, May 21
7:00 am–8:00 am Registration Open
7:00 am–8:00 am Breakfast / Sponsor Showcase
8:00 am–8:30 am President Opening Remarks & Attendee Introductions
9:30 am–10:30 am Understanding How Juries Work So You Can Help Persuade Them
Presented by: G. Christopher Ritter, The Focal Point LLC
Chief Visual Trial Strategist Christopher Ritter will relay how to best relay your material as an expert witness with your audience in mind; whether a jury or bench trial, arbitration or hearing. He will review both why and how a jury system works; reaching and arming your Active Jurors (those who will have the most influence during deliberations), and how to use the process of "Mental Mining" to develop your version of what happened, your arguments, and your persuasion tools to "Make your client's version the Truth!"
10:30am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am–11:45 pm Writing for Experts - Your Reports and Articles
Presented by: Michelle Rubin, Your Writing Helper
With nearly a decade of experience as a freelance editor and writing specialist, Michelle Hubele Rubin’s expertise lies in both the mechanics of writing and the rhetorical moves that strengthen communication. Since better-written documents connote a higher caliber of aptitude, she frequently consults with professionals seeking to enhance the language, structure, and style of their written discourse. This presentation will delve into the best practices for writing reports that not only communicate your ideas but convince your audience.
11:45 pm–12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Evidence Handling and Documentation
Presented by: Audrey Murray and David Filippini, Cogent Legal
In this presentation, attendees will learn best practices working with lawyers, how to control your own deposition, evidence handling and organization, and dealing with Daubert.
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm–4:00 pm Presentations for Experts and Litigators
Presented by: Russell Jackman, Esq.
4:00 pm–5:00 pm How to Prepare Yourself for an Aggressive Attorney in Depositions
This seminar will explain how experts defend against abusive tactics. Included is a discussion of the following tactics: blocking an expert with a conflict trap, the use of a subpoena to intimidate an expert, invading the expert's privacy, when an expert should object to a deposition question, how to deal with bogus hypothetical questions, how to respond to sarcastic cross-examinations, how to decline the invitation to criticize the opposing expert's professional reputation, and how to stand up to trial motions attacking an expert's qualifications.
Presented by: Roger Honey
5:00pm–5:30 pm Closing Remarks