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Litigating the Science Case

in the Age of CSI: Everywhere

Kevin W. Thompson

Capitalize on jurors’ and judges’ fascination with science and their appreciation of its precision when you present any evidence based on the scientific method. But also, learn the questions that cast doubt on the evidence of your opponent.

Reach and persuade jurors and judges who, at the mention of the word science, harken back to tortuous days trapped in high school chemistry classes.  During this fast-moving and entertaining day, you will learn to:

  • Overcome the boring expert witness
  • Pick a jury capable of deciding Issues of Science
  • Visually explain scientific principles
  • Bring drama to science
  • Make economics not-so-dismal a science

You will gain insights into the way successful courtroom lawyers make scientific evidence less intimidating and more persuasive to jurors.  Thompson combines courtroom experience with multimedia savvy to help you learn to use science to win cases.

Anyone can read Daubert, Kumho and Rule 702. Thompson relies on years of environmental litigation experience to show how to use them all as both sword and shield throughout the litigation cycle.

Jurors and even judges come from the pool of society that has made CSI, NCSI and all the other acronym laced television dramas wildly popular. Use their fascination with scientific evidence to give your case the tactical edge!

Program Outline & Schedule (6 hours including 1 ethics)

 

 [Part I: 90 minutes]

Today’s Jurors, the CSI Effect and Scientific Method

 

Blinded by Science – Ethics in the Science Case

 

[15 minute break]

[Part II: 90 minutes]

Motion Practice in the Science Case

  • Daubert, Kumho
  • Summary Judgment Motions
  • Scientific Developments and Rule 60 newly discovered evidence
  • Judicial Notice
  • Directed Verdict

Searching Out New Worlds- Discovery & the Science Case

  • Investigation versus Discovery
  • Requests for Admission and Your Expert
  • Deposing the Science Witness

  [Lunch]

[Part III: 90 minutes]

Evidence of Science

  • Scientific Method and in-court demonstrations
  • Government Documents v. Learned Treatises
  • Judicial Notice and Science’s Uncertainty
  • Getting Lab Results

Witness to Science

  • Selecting Expert Witnesses
  • “Independent” Expert Witnesses
  • Direct and Cross Examination of the Science Witness 

[15 minute break]

[Part IV: 90 minutes]

Visual Presentation

  • Scientific Symbolism
  • PowerPoint TM Tricks
  • Creating Admissible Summary Evidence for Science Experts

Arguing the Science Case

  • Scientific Argument in Motion Practice
  • Opening Statement – Quelling Juror Fear / Capturing the Mind
  • Closing Statement – Hanging Your Opponent by His Own Petard

[Adjourn]

 

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If you are not convinced that your understanding of the course topic has
improved after completion of any
P.E.G.® seminar, we will refund your course tuition.