South Texas College of Law
1303 San Jacinto
Houston, TX

Stand-alone Programs designed for newly licensed attorneys to seasoned litigators,
The Complete Advocate Series offers those who attend the opportunity to obtain MCLE hours
while learning and/or honing their advocacy skills in a simulated practice or courtroom environment.

Selecting, Retaining, and Using Them
October 29, 2010
9:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.

Attorneys constantly require the services of experts to explain in simple English the intricacies of evidence that is presented in court. Judges and juries depend on an expert's clear and believable explanations to make their decisions. It's no wonder that verdicts in trials, as well as cases that are settled before trials, often hinge on the skills experts bring to the case.

However, it's not enough for an expert to be knowledgeable about the particular subject; the expert must be able to effectively present and successfully defend his/her own opinion - and must learn how to avoid falling prey to legal maneuvers, tricks, and traps posed by the opposing attorney.

Attendees will learn how to select, prepare, and use experts in their cases by listening to experienced litigators and then watching them demonstrate those processes. They will also demonstrate some of the more common traps that can be laid to trip up an expert witness - and how the experts avoid and/or defeat them. Finally, during a networking lunch, attendees will have an oportunity to hear what state and federal judges consider important and effective on the subject of expert witnesses.


Accredited for 6.25 hour of MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour of legal ethics.

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