Advanced Legal Practice Issues: Depositions and Testimony for Experts

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits 

Presented by:

Bonny J. Forrest, J.D., Ph.D.
Clinical and Consulting Psychologist, New York, NY, Bethesda, MD, Washington, DC, and San Diego, CA
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA

This is an advanced, intensive training program for expert witnesses who want to take their deposition and trial preparation to the next level. We will utilize numerous actual courtroom case exercises to help us understand how to prepare for testimony based on our written work. Through the scenarios participants will learn techniques to be more effective during direct examination and techniques to be more effective during cross examination in both depositions and actual trial situations. All participants will be encouraged to submit their C.V. and one expert report which can be used during demonstrations and group exercises via email.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Anticipate the links between a well written report and the expert’s experience in depositions, or at trials.
  2. Practice responding to difficult questions from attorneys during direct examinations through online scenarios.
  3. Develop a list of techniques to effectively handle cross-examinations.
  4. Describe techniques to present more effectively and persuasively during a trial. 

Target Audience: Basic familiarity with forensic work; have written at least one opinion as an expert in a case and willing to submit that and a CV for review.
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Dr. Bonny Forrest was a practicing attorney for more than a decade, working in major law firms and financial institutions in California and New York City.  In those roles, she worked with many expert witnesses, including psychologists.  Towards the end of her legal career, she returned to earn her PhD in psychology at Columbia University.  She is a clinician with a substantial background in applied research in several settings, including Columbia, Yale and the National Institutes of Health.  She has also served as a consultant and an expert witness in a number of cases, testifying in both state and federal courts and in depositions on a variety of issues.

In addition to her clinical and consulting work, she has written a number of publications, including her recent book Will My Kid Grow Out of It?, a guide for parents and teachers through the children’s mental health system.  She currently serves as a guest reviewer for several academic journals, and as a member of the editorial board of Child Neuropsychology.   She has also served on American Psychological Association committees, including as a liaison to the Scientific Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Forrest is a frequent guest commentator for publications, TV shows and radio programs where she uses scientific facts to help explain behavior and psychological issues in a layperson’s language.

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