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This program was recorded on January 17, 2019
Bias is a human trait that exists in all people. Bias in the courtroom is a prevalent problem. The ability to recognize your biases and the biases of your opponent can save or lose your case. Black’s Law Dictionary, Tenth Edition identifies six types of bias in the courtroom. Not on the list of biases is “Expert Witness Bias.” As a legal professional, it is your responsibility to recognize whether your expert witness is succumbing to unconscious biases that will be exposed in deposition or trial. We all have biases. Learn how to recognize and overcome them to help deliver a foolproof testimony. This presentation uses examples of biases from real cases and personal experience.
Mike Wakshull is a court-qualified forensic document examiner located in Temecula, CA. He partners with attorney clients to deliver results that often lead to early settlements in favor of the counsel who retained him. When cases go to trial, he presents them in jury-speak rather than techno-geek to educate the triers of fact. He applies his technical and science training to present a science-based approach to his opinions—a court requirement.
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- Think differently about the interpretation of evidence.
- Effectively recognize and reduce your biases.
- Know how to recognize and counter the biases of the opposition.
- Determine whether your forensic examiner’s report is biased.
- Recognize the effects of bias on forensic examiners’ opinions.
- Make implicit biases work in your favor.
- Learn how biases impact a juror’s perspective of the case.