Expert Witnesses - Follow these steps and your court room experience will be awesome.
THREE STEPS TO SUCCESS
STEP ONE: The Presentation
As a reminder, your presentation should have three main parts:
STEP TWO: The Trial
Your presentation during our last session of Upward Bound is a good step in the right direction - but not all that you will need to prepare. You will need to work with the lawyers of your team to make sure that the evidence is tailored to your side of the case.
In other words, if you are defense, you want to focus on the evidence that defends the suspect - probably by focusing on other suspects that had similar evidence, ways to argue the evidence, etc. If you are prosecuting, you want to focus on the most incriminating evidence.
Be sure to work together! Have the lawyers ask you questions that they might ask in court. Work on questions that the other team may ask you. Remember that you are bound to the whole truth during this case - you want to have a response prepared!
STEP THREE: PRACTICE!!!
Practice enough to not need note cards. KNOW how to say all of your words, what they mean, and what process you used. KNOW how to defend your evidence. REMEMBER: You are an expert. People will expect you to not only be knowledgeable, but to be the most knowledgeable.
Practice speaking with your partner, other expert groups on your team, and your team's lawyers. Remember that when you come to court, you will be asked questions about your process and findings -both by your team and by the other team. A few other Do's and Don'ts that we covered in class: