"Experts win cases" and thus, attorneys must consider using experts with every theory of defense when presenting their case to the jury. There simply are few better tools when convincing a jury than a well presented expert. In the alternative, when the government employs an expert a properly prepared defense attorney can turn the government’s devastating tool into a defendant's advantage. This session will look at how best to prepare and use experts, both pretrial and during trial, including admissibility of evidence, qualifying the expert to testify and taking the government"s key witness and turning him into their train wreck.
These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.
The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.
The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
August 24, 2012
Office of Defender Services Training Branch
This Seminar is presented free of charge.