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program subject to change  


Friday, May 19

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

8:30 am–10:00 am What a Trial Attorney Looks For in an Expert Witness: A Guide to Becoming an Effective and Compelling Forensic Expert Witness
Presented by: Charles Louderback, Louderback Law Group     This program is specifically designed to bring the performance of FEWA members to a new and higher level. By isolating the essential features of instructive pretrial consultation together with persuasive expert testimony at both deposition and trial, examining well-organized expert reports, and demonstrating the use of trial exhibits and demonstrative evidence before a jury in real cases in state and federal courts, this program will take you from being a good and competent expert to an outstanding and compelling expert witness.

10:00 am - 10:15 am Break

10:15 am - 11:45 am How to Present Expert Testimony at Trial and Deposition
Presented by: Charles Louderback, Louderback Law Group

11:45 am–12:45 pm Lunch Breakout Sessions

  • Session A: Patent Litigation Tips
    Presented by: Bob Zeidman, Zeidman Consulting           Bob Zeidman, expert witness and creator of the field of software forensics, will explain how to find work as an expert witness in patent cases, how to prepare for the cases, how to communicate with attorneys and clients, and how to keep your cool, and your sanity, at trial. Being an expert witness in a patent litigation presents many challenges including balancing the need to present your client in the best light possible while maintaining integrity and honesty. It also requires attention to detail, engineering precision, and excellent written and spoken communication skills. At the end, Bob will relate some tales from the tranches and take questions.

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm How to Use VIDEO to Generate New Business - Video is the Most Important Marketing Tool That You Haven't Been Using
Presented by: Stephanie Shaterian, fLO Content                       You may have heard that video marketing is the next big thing, but do you know why video is the new "killer" & most important marketing tool in your back pocket? This presentation will share how video helps Forensic Expert Witnesses generate new business including: 9 types of video you can easily create to get Attorneys to know, like and trust you and How to utilize your video in multiple ways once you've got it (Like uploading to your FEWA profile!) After attending this talk, you'll have the necessary knowledge on how to use a killer marketing video to generate more leads for your Forensic Expert Witness work.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Becoming a Forensic Consultant: Your Next Career                                                                                 

1:45 pm–2:00 pm Break

2:00 pm–3:00 pm From the Jury Box: How Jurors Perceive Expert Witness Testimony
Presented by: Carol Bauss, NJP Litigation Consulting                   Learn what jurors think about experts, how to improve juror comprehension, making your expert testimony persuasive to jurors, how to improve your communication skills on the stand and more tips for effective expert witness testimony in jury trials.

3:00 pm–4:00 pm Working Stiff: A Forensic Pathology Expert Speaks about Website Design, Social Media & Marketing
Presented by: Judy Melinek, MD and T.J. Mitchell                   Dr. Judy Melinek, a board-certified forensic pathologist will talk about web design strategies for experts using search engine engine optimization, which she used to propel her company, PathologyExpert Inc to the #1 search position for the search term "forensic pathology expert witness." She and her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell, will read from their New York Times Bestseller Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, and discuss how marketing strategies they learned while promoting their book also helped Dr. Melinek's legal consulting practice.

4:00pm - 4:15pm Break

4:15 pm–5:15 pm Advocacy and Related Controversial Forensic Practices Under Meditation Confidentiality and at Trial.                                                                                     Presented by: Joel Halverson, Severson & Werson                  Learn about industry trends, guidelines, and canons pertaining to advocacy in the forensic practices, including in the mediation process. This presentation delves into courts' and attorneys' expectations and practices with respect to the forensic expert's testimony and reports, as well as the potential liability of the forensic expert witness, and is focused on helping you improve your effectiveness without running afoul of applicable guidelines, canons and rules.

5:30 pm–7:30 pm  Networking Reception




Saturday, May 20

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 & Awards

8:30 am–10:00 am Communicating Important, Complex Ideas
Presented by: Christine Hartmann, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
This presentation shares best practices that scientists, engineers, and managers use at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory use to educate and inspire audiences while conveying highly complex scientific ideas in fields ranging from basic physics to national security to biology, medicine, and environmental science. The communication concepts and ideas described here are drawn from cognitive science research, analysis of what works to inspire audiences, and practical experience.

10:00 am–10:15 am Break

10:15 am - 11:45 am Expert Testimony at Deposition & Trial: Conquering the Most Critical Elements of Your Assignment
Presented by: Roger Honey, Law Offices of Roger G. Honey
As a trial lawyer and occasional expert witness, Mr. Honey will discuss the legal framework and role of the expert witness in litigation overall, with a focus on how to best present yourself and your opinions at Deposition and Trial.  Topics will include qualifying as an expert, preparing for your deposition, what to expect at deposition, testifying at trial and the fundamental differences between testifying at deposition and testifying at trial.

11:45 pm–12:45 pm Lunch Breakout Sessions

  • Session A: Finding vs. Being Found: Are You Doing It the Hard Way?
    Presented by: D. Larry Dunville, Overhead Crane Consulting
    Since the beginning of time, sellers have been on the prowl for buyers. The age of “Interruption Advertising” is on its way out. The new marketing is called “Inbound Marketing” and is dramatically more effective and therefore far less expensive. Stop wasting your time trying to find clients and learn how to make yourself more findable on the Internet!

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Getting More Business: Working With Expert Placement Firms
Presented by: Toby Edwards, IMS ExpertServices
Get more business. Expert witness recruitment firms can be a useful way to get more business, placing thousands of experts every year. But they come with challenges, as well as benefits, that every expert should be aware of. Come for a frank, useful discussion about the good, the bad, and the manageable for getting the most from recruiting firms, from an industry expert.

1:45 pm–2:00 pm Break

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm The Art of Effective Testimony as a Forensic Expert Witness: Identifying Formal and Informal Fallacies in Courtroom Arguments
Presented by: James Woolever, PhD                                        Learn critical thinking and logic skills to enhance your courtroom testimony.

3:30 pm–3:45 pm Break

3:45 pm–4:45 pm Ethics for Attorneys and Experts
Presented by: Alison Buchanan, Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel Being an effective and sought-after expert requires more than subject matter expertise. Learn the applicable ethics rules, and how they apply to you and the attorneys retaining you. Your retaining lawyers will appreciate it, resulting in more work and an even better reputation! 

4:45 pm–5:0 pm Closing Remarks