--- ethics - fiscal responsibility
--- course production date: 3/8/2018
--- presented by WENDY PATRICK

Ethical issues in using expert witnesses are an important part of trial advocacy given the extent to which jurors rely on what experts say due to their background and areas of expertise. Problems arise when experts attempt to go outside their areas of expertise in order to earn their fees. Lawyers have to know how to recognize these issues before they arise, and learn how to deal with them ethically when they do.

This course familiarizes attendees with all of the important and ethical aspects of using expert witnesses. It covers the basics of ethically preparing an expert witness to testify, and discusses effective direct and cross-examination.

This course also covers how to effectively procure, prepare, and present an expert witness within the bounds of all applicable ethical rules in both civil and criminal. It also covers how to effectively and legally research, interact with, and cross examine the opposing party’s expert witness.

Key course points are:

• Learn which types of case are ideally suited to using expert witnesses.
• Discover the ethical issues associated with using an expert in each type of case.
• Assess the types of ethical dilemmas that come up in preparing an expert to testify.
• Consider the ethical issues that come up in direct examination of experts.
• Learn how to handle ethical issues that arise when cross-examining expert witnesses.

--- presented by WENDY PATRICK

Wendy L. Patrick is a career trial attorney, recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and named the Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar Public Law Section. Dr. Patrick has completed over 160 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.

In her current assignment in the Special Operations Division she handles cases involving sensitive issues including threat assessment. She is the immediate past President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) San Diego Chapter, and an ATAP Certified Threat Manager. In her previous assignment in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, Dr. Patrick prosecuted sexually violent predators, human traffickers, stalkers, rapists, and child molesters. She has served as Co-Chair of the statewide California District Attorneys Association Sexual Violent Predators Committee and Human Trafficking Committee.

Dr. Patrick speaks to community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a wide variety of legal and educational institutions both nationally and internationally about threat assessment, cutting edge investigation and use of social media, the methodology of sexual predators and stalkers, and how to increase public awareness and protect the community. Her PhD thesis focused on the psychology of attraction as used by criminals and manipulators in society, and how to spot the red flags.

Dr. Patrick has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. She has taught human trafficking within the United States, as well as in Hong Kong, South Korea, and South Africa. She frequently teaches sexual assault prevention for the Army, having presented programs domestically as well as in Wiesbaden, Germany.

She has been involved with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, the San Diego Child Protection Team, and the Sexual Assault Response Team, from whom she received the SART Response with a Heart Award based on her significant contribution to the professional field of sexual assault prosecution. She also lectures frequently on topics involving the safe use of social media, cyber-crime, and threat assessment.