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If you haven't already, register now for the FEWA National Conference, August 28-29, 2020 in Houston! This year’s two-day conference will provide advanced training skills for all levels and disciplines of experts and forensic consultants. Learn key topics and issues of importance to attorneys and expert witnesses while earning up to 12.75 hours, including 1 hour of Ethics in MCLE credits.

FEWA is closely monitoring COVID-19 information and working with the CDC regarding the possibility of the future events. Based on the information we have today, the 2020 FEWA National Conference is still scheduled to take place August 28-29, 2020 in Houston. We will continue to provide updates as necessary.

  

As a benefit of membership, all FEWA members are included in the FEWA Online Directory. The Online Directory is an invaluable marketing tool to increase visibility to members of the legal community who are seeking experts. Recent improvements include improved SEO (search engine optimization) and results from browser searches so members appear among the top results on a page.

If you are interested in adding additional benefits to your online profile like a 250-word biography, your CV or resume, links to publications, a company logo, and/or a link to a marketing video, please visit our website or contact the office at info@forensic.org and a staff member will be happy to assist you.

  

Join FEWA for the next installment of the FEWA Virtual Academy series on Wednesday, June 17 at 1:00 pm PT! The program, Utilizing Existing and Emerging Technologies to Maximize Juror Connection, will be presented by Senior Managing Directors at Ankura, Erica Massaro-Hales and Chad Paulin. 

The Forensic Expert Witness Association offers webinars specifically tailored to the continuing education of expert witnesses. The FEWA Webinar series is free for all FEWA members and offered at the low price of $30 for non-members. The webinars are created to fit within the CFLC Core Program. 

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FEWA Member Spotlight
  

Lisa Boesky, PhD is a national thought leader on Suicide within Correctional, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Treatment facilities. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has spent over two decades speaking/teaching, conducts “Suicide Vulnerability Assessments” within residential treatment facilities and is an experienced Expert Witness. Dr. Lisa has served as an opinion source by CNN, CNN International, Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, US News and World Report, People Magazine, USA Today and many others. Read more about Lisa below.  

Calendar of Events
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Jun 2020
 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (PT)
National
22
Jun 2020
 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm (PT)
Los Angeles
25
Jun 2020
 
3:00 – 4:00 pm (CT)
Houston
8
Jul 2020
 
3:00 PM–4:30 pm (PT)
Northern California
15
Jul 2020
 
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (PT)
Orange County
15
Jul 2020
 
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm (PT)
Northern California
19
Aug 2020
 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (PT)
National 
28
Aug 2020
 
August 28-29, 2020 
FEWA 2020 National Conference    
National 
10
Sep 2020
 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (CT)      
Dallas 
Webinars and virtual chapter meetings are open to all members and non-members.
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The lay of the litigation land has morphed. Blurred lines divide roles in the courtroom now more than ever. Expert witnesses are increasingly responsible for more than just a reliable opinion. They are becoming an extension of counsel. Lies and omissions by experts now, alone, can destroy an entire progeny of cases upon later discovery.  This metamorphosis is irreversible, and adaption is critical — the experts who can mold themselves into this new role will survive, and the others will wither away. The future of the expert is as a quasi-advocate.

Taking discovery from experts was fairly routine before the coronavirus pandemic. Under the federal rules in civil cases, an expert would write a report, the report would be disclosed to the opposing party, and that party would typically take the expert’s deposition. State rules generally track those procedures.

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There has been a great deal of debate within the expert witness community about the validity of using video communication tools to undertake expert assessments. Clearly, the current crisis has little impact on expert witnesses undertaking paper-based reports, such as accountants, but it does hold much greater implications for medico-legal assessments.

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the professional landscape of the legal industry, where so many steps in the litigation process rely on in-person collaboration, meetings, or court appearances. As such, video conferencing and virtual collaboration tools have found their way into the daily workflows of legal professionals across the country. Though a barrage of new technology may feel daunting, remote work solutions present seamless options to handle all kinds of litigation-related issues—from pretrial matters, to depositions, to trial itself. With respect to expert witness testimony, video conferencing technology allows attorneys to increase their access to the nation’s most talented experts and consult those previously inaccessible because of distance.

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