University of Miami
School of Law
Faculty Meeting Room (4th Floor of the Law Library)
TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m
Please RSVP since space is limited.
Preparing Expert Witness Reports.
In this session, Ms. Gorskie and Mr. Spiller will each provide guidelines for preparing damages reports. Some of the issues to cover include questions for counsel to ask, direction and guidance the expert needs, and some of the common pitfalls and mistakes. After providing their guidelines, Ms. Gorskie and Mr. Spiller will conduct a simulation using facts known to the audience. As part of the simulation, the audience will have the opportunity to participate with questions and comments on the process.
Preparing Expert Witnesses for Testimony.
Here, Mr. Mechelli and Mr. Spiller will review the key elements to preparing witnesses for testimony. The speakers will discuss the best practices for witness preparation and touch on some of the cultural differences that can affect the preparation of both counsel and expert. In addition, the speakers will consider some of the recent developments in the field, such as "hot-tubbing," and how these practices can influence witness preparation. Again, a simulated witness prep scenario will follow with questions and comments from the audience.
Examining Expert Witnesses.
In this final session, Mr. Lorenzo and Mr. Spiller will discuss the basic principles underlying witness examination and testimony. The speakers will consider cultural and language differences as well as the examination process, both from the standpoint of the expert and counsel. The session will conclude with a mock examination designed to capture witness participation in the process.