The Straight Truth

The Life of an Expert Witness

Author: William Gulya

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 145750670X

Category: Law

Page: 232

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Have you been wondering how to turn your experience and expertise into a lucrative and rewarding second career? This book is for everyone seeking The Straight Truth about the highly rewarding, high-stakes world of the expert witness. In these pages, the author shares valuable information about launching, marketing, building, and conducting an expert witness practice-but he does not stop there. Gulya discusses actual cases on which he served as an expert witness, revealing lessons learned, and alerting the reader to potential opportunities and pitfalls. With humanity, candor, and humor, he takes the reader right into deposition and trial, and lets them experience all the drama, heartbreak, and triumph of the expert witness life. William "Bill" Gulya has forty years of experience in the sitework construction business. He is a highly respected and sought after expert witness in his field. For many of those years, he has been the principal of Middlesex Trenching, a company founded by his late and beloved father. Over the years, Gulya grew the business from a tiny company using the local deli as an office, into a highly successful enterprise. The author and his wife Kathy have two children- Stacy and William, III-and four grandchildren, whom they adore. Gulya derives great satisfaction from using his extensive experience and knowledge to make a difference in people's lives. When he is not busy guiding justice toward the truth, he can often be found on the golf course, ruminating on the evidence in his latest case, and perfecting his golf swing. (Visit www.siteworkexpert.com)
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Financial Expert Witness Communication

A Practical Guide to Reporting and Testimony

Author: Bradley J. Preber

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118753852

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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Learn what to expect—and what's expected—as anexpert witness Serving as a financial expert witness or consultant in lawsuitsis a stressful, challenging, and tough business. In FinancialExpert Witness Communication: A Practical Guide to Reporting andTestimony, financial forensic expert Bradley J. Preberleverages more than 30 years of experience to create a practicalguide for financial expert witnesses as they face litigationreporting and testimony. Financial Expert Witness Communication covers all areasof financial litigation including accounting, financial forensics,forensic technology, and damages—all from the point of viewof an expert witness. The book is especially helpful for those whoexpect to be formally designated as an expert witness; however, itis also appropriate for financial forensic accountants, litigationconsultants, and attorneys as they navigate the unique playingfield of the financial litigation process. This book gives financial experts strategies to defend theanalysis, conclusions, and expert opinions they have at theirdisposal. It also provides thorough explanations of compliance,data limitations, and due diligence as well as how to handledemanding legal counsel, with a goal of better preparing them forthe entire legal process. The book is part of the Wiley Corporate F&A Series and wascreated as an educational resource for nonattorney financialexperts involved with U.S.-based civil litigation or alternativedispute resolution proceedings. It takes a well-rounded approach byincluding special chapters on such concepts as retention,privilege, responsibilities, ethics, and testimony, all written bya nationally recognized expert. As a bonus, the companion websitepresents an additional expert witness case study and guidelines forfulfilling an expert witness role.
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Legal Photography

A Complete Reference for Documenting Scenes, Situations, and Evidence for Civil Cases

Author: Stan Sholik

Publisher: Amherst Media

ISBN: 1608958604

Category: Photography

Page: 128

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While the number of assignments available in many photographic specialties is decreasing, there are still relatively untapped growth areas for still photographers and videographers. One of these specialty fields is legal photography. Legal photography involves working closely with lawyers in law firms to provide photographic or video documentation relevant to their civil, not criminal, cases. It can involve a range of other photographic specialties from macro photography to architectural photography. No matter what is involved in a legal photography assignment, it is generally interesting and presents a new, unique set of problems to solve. Legal photography is far more technical than creative, but it is also in demand and is financially rewarding. Civil cases brought to arbitration or jury trial range from simple to complex. Common to all cases is the need to present evidence in a fair and accurate manner. In this book, readers will learn how to take responsibility for ensuring that the images captured and delivered for presentation are a “fair and accurate representation” of the observed scene. That responsibility begins with the choice and use of the proper equipment (e.g., camera type, sensor size, capture mode, the correct focal-length lens for the job), through the techniques used during image capture (exposure, lighting, camera angle, camera-to-subject distance, white balance, etc.), to the processing of the captures for output. Sholik also points out that documentation is required for each step to ensure all parties that the representation is indeed fair and accurate—and the details of how this can be accomplished are outlined in this book as well. Also covered is information about how to proceed should you be asked to give testimony as to the accuracy of your work and information about the requirements to be deemed an “expert witness.” For most photographers, doing assignments in the field of legal photography is the easy part. Getting the assignments can be more of a challenge, so the process of marketing yourself as a legal photographer is covered.
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Forensic Science in Court

The Role of the Expert Witness

Author: Wilson Wall

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470743331

Category: Law

Page: 176

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Forensic Science in Court: The Role of the Expert Witness is a practical handbook aimed at forensic science students, to help them prepare as an expert witness when presenting their evidence in court. Written in a clear, accessible manner, the book guides the student through the legal process and shows them how to handle evidence, write reports without ambiguity through to the more practical aspects of what to do when appearing in court. The book also offers advice on what to expect when working with lawyers in a courtroom situation. An essential text for all students taking forensic science courses who are required to take modules on how to present their evidence in court. The book is also an invaluable reference for any scientist requested to give an opinion in a legal context. · Integrates law and science in an easy to understand format · Inclusion of case studies throughout · Includes straightforward statistics essential for the forensic science student · An invaluable, practical textbook for anyone appearing as an expert witness in court · Unique in its approach aimed at forensic science students in a courtroom environment
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Social Work Practice and the Law

Author: Dr. Lyn K. Slater, PhD,Kara R. Finck, JD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826117678

Category: Social Science

Page: 440

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"This is the first book to give social workers the tools to understand their clients' legal needs and rights and to address them collaboratively and effectively. Lyn Slater and Kara Finck ground their text in a comprehensive grasp of the legal system and the inequities of race, class, and gender that shape clients' experiences. Social Work Practice and the Law is a powerful call for social workers to be passionate and skillful advocates for their clients. Essential reading for social workers and lawyers alike who serve low-income people entangled in systems that so often fail them." Dorothy Roberts, JD Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Northwestern University School of Law Author, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare Based on the author's innovative and nationally recognized prototype for inter-professional work at Fordham University, this is the only volume about social work and the legal system that is written from the social worker's perspective. Devoid of "legalese," the book is designed to help social workers develop the ability to reappraise, question, and challenge the law to best serve their clients. It aims to promote the development of a more strategic relationship with the legal system-a partnership that can achieve more creative and just solutions to social problems. Exhaustive in scope, Social Work and the Law identifies current national and international trends and legal movements that support and invite inter-professional, critically competent social work participation. The book also identifies and explains the essential knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes necessary for the attainment of collaborative critical competence when interacting with the legal system. Each chapter includes vivid case studies based on actual collaborations that illustrate the application of theory to practice. Chapters also include legal, social work, and evidence-based resources. Key Features: Promotes a proactive approach to the ways in which social workers can use law to promote clients' best interests Addresses all domains of social work practice-child welfare, housing law, educational access, disability law, benefits, and more Offers abundant case studies taken from the authors' real-life work Devoid of "legalese" and written from a social worker's perspective
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Expert Witness Training

Profit from Your Expertise

Author: Judd Robbins

Publisher: Judd Robbins

ISBN: 1928564224

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 302

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Expert Witness Training is packed with practical details and instruction about becoming, being, and succeeding as an expert witness. It features more than one hundred specific tactics for use by the specialist retained by an attorney as an expert witness. This comprehensive training program incorporates thorough explanations of qualifications, opinion formation and expression, testifying skills, witness credibility, and jury persuasion. Written in confident tutorial form by an experienced expert and teacher, it includes the latest references and legal standards needed by a well-trained expert witness for admissibility of evidence and testimony, as well as Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Daubert challenges. This book covers issues of importance to every expert from the perspective of the witness, along with perceptive insight into the attorney's mindset. Attorneys wishing to learn what experienced expert witnesses know and think should have a copy and copies for each of their experts.
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Complex Issues in Child Custody Evaluations

Author: Philip M. Stahl

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452262551

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 232

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Over the past five to 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the use of child custody evaluations by the courts. At the same time, the issues have become more complex and difficult. In this book, the author provides a theoretical and practical understanding of many of the issues. A key component is the integration of disparate research findings into a comprehensive resource that will enable the evaluator and the court to understand these complex issues. A second component is to provide a thorough understanding of the fact that divorce brings with it a set of complex needs, and evaluators and the courts must develop a paradigm for weighing these needs in a comprehensive manner.
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An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research

Author: Lee Epstein,Andrew D. Martin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191646555

Category: Law

Page: 300

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Is the death penalty a more effective deterrent than lengthy prison sentences? Does a judge's gender influence their decisions? Do independent judiciaries promote economic freedom? Answering such questions requires empirical evidence, and arguments based on empirical research have become an everyday part of legal practice, scholarship, and teaching. In litigation judges are confronted with empirical evidence in cases ranging from bankruptcy and taxation to criminal law and environmental infringement. In academia researchers are increasingly turning to sophisticated empirical methods to assess and challenge fundamental assumptions about the law. As empirical methods impact on traditional legal scholarship and practice, new forms of education are needed for today's lawyers. All lawyers asked to present or assess empirical arguments need to understand the fundamental principles of social science methodology that underpin sound empirical research. An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research introduces that methodology in a legal context, explaining how empirical analysis can inform legal arguments; how lawyers can set about framing empirical questions, conducting empirical research, analysing data, and presenting or evaluating the results. The fundamentals of understanding quantitative and qualitative data, statistical models, and the structure of empirical arguments are explained in a way accessible to lawyers with or without formal training in statistics. Written by two of the world's leading experts in empirical legal analysis, drawing on years of experience in training lawyers in empirical methods, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research will be an invaluable primer for all students, academics, or practising lawyers coming to empirical research - whether they are embarking themselves on an empirical research project, or engaging with empirical arguments in their field of study, research, or practice.
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Wildlife Forensic Investigation

Principles and Practice

Author: John E. Cooper,Margaret E. Cooper

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1482210037

Category: Law

Page: 770

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Wildlife forensics is the application of forensic science to the conservation and protection of non-domesticated animals, both in the wild and in captivity. Providing an in-depth introduction to this rapidly evolving field, Wildlife Forensic Investigation: Principles and Practice also chronicles aspects of the history of management, conservation, and environmental protection, with an emphasis on their global importance in the twenty-first century. The book examines the crucial role of wildlife forensic investigation with regard to live animals, dead animals and samples and covers national, regional, and international legislation. While the text particularly focuses on forensic science as it relates to wild animals, it also includes mention of plants and habitats because of their relevance to conservation. The book discusses animal welfare as well as the damage that can be inflicted on humans and property by wildlife. Offering access to sound evidence based on good science and obtained using the best available practices, the book is enhanced by case studies from experts who describe some of their own work. This resource is essential for those involved in a range of endeavours, including investigating wildlife crime, identifying animal remains, ascertaining the circumstances of death of wild species, and other legal proceedings and activities concerning wildlife. The forensic skills described in this book can be applied to a wide range of activities (not necessarily involving the legal process), including environmental impact assessments, insurance claims, governmental and other enquiries, checking of trading standards and the inspection of (for instance) pet-shops, animal boarding establishments, and zoological collections. The authors point out that one of the most important requirements of those persons involved in wildlife forensic work is to retain an open mind. Such personnel should also be conscious of new developments and evolving techniques and be able to anticipate situations where their investigative and scientific skills might be used to advantage—so-called "horizon scanning". Examples of these are given.
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How To Be An Effective Litigation Consultant And Expert Witness

Author: Budd J. Hallberg

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781449099343

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 140

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"This book identifies those industries most in need of litigation consultants and expert witnesses. They include: construction, medicine, securities, commodity futures, internet -telecommunications, real estate and corporate America. Before you try your hand as a litigation consultant or expert witness, this book is must reading. The qualifications a person needs to be a successful litigation consultant and expert witness are explained. The text examines various issues involving plaintiff and defendant representation. It names the various litigation forums available for hearing dispute resolution matters. If you are considering litigation consultant work as a career, this book is packed with valuable information. It tells you how to prepare an effective Curriculum Vitae and write a sound Expert Report. These two documents are essential to the litigation consultant and expert witness. The information in this book is based on experience gained in courtrooms across the nation. Hallberg's accomplishments as a litigation consultant have been widely recognized. For example, in a case before the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, the presiding Judge said, ""The Court in particular notes as helpful to its conclusion the testimony of the SHB Defendant's expert Mr. Budd Hallberg. Mr. Hallberg was a very compelling and convincing witness relative to the COMEX, clearly knowledgeable of its procedures, rules and regulations, as well as those of the CFTC."
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