Expert Witness Webinar Series

Expert Witness Webinar Series Expert Testimony in Civil Cases Involving Domestic Violence When representing survivors of domestic and sexual violence, myths and misconceptions may hinder the chances of a fair and just outcome. In some cases, expert witnesses may help educate judges and juries about intimate partner violence, explain unexpected victim behavior, and provide context to the circumstances leading to the court proceedings.

The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for viewing.

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Part I

  • Presented by Maricarmen Garza and Cindene Pezzell
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 (2:00 PM EDT)

The first webinar focuses on the use of experts in civil proceedings and explains how expert testimony may be helpful to victims in protection order proceedings.  Participants will be provided with an overview of the rules of evidence governing expert testimony, how experts can help civil attorneys prepare for trial, and tips and strategies for the effective use of experts.

Part II

  • Presented by Cindene Pezzell and Tracy Shoberg
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (2:00 PM EDT)

The second webinar focuses on family court proceedings, including dependency court, divorce, and custody cases.  Given the reality that many attorneys may not have the time or resources to retain experts, this webinar provides strategies to counter problematic testimony from adverse experts, court appointed “neutral” experts, custody evaluators, and other witnesses who may offer problematic evidence that fails to account for the context of domestic violence. 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K020 and awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.