Course DescriptionBias is a human trait that exists in all people. Bias in the courtroom is a prevalent problem. The ability to recognize your biases and the biases of your opponent can save or lose your case. Black’s Law Dictionary, Tenth Edition identifies six types of bias in the courtroom. Not on the list of biases is “Expert Witness Bias.” As a legal professional, it is your responsibility to recognize whether your expert witness is succumbing to unconscious biases that will be exposed in deposition or trial. We all have biases. Learn how to recognize and overcome yours to help deliver a foolproof testimony. Examples of biases from real cases and personal experience are presented. After this seminar, you will: - Think differently about interpretation of evidence. - Effectively recognize and reduce your biases. - Know how to recognize and counter the biases of the opposition. - Determine whether your forensic examiner’s report is biased. - Recognize the eﬀects of bias on forensic examiners’ opinions. - Make implicit biases work in your favor. - Learn how biases impact a juror’s perspective.
Length: 1hr 1min
Meet the Lecturer(s)
Mike Wakshull is a court-qualified forensic document examiner located in Temecula, CA. He partners with attorney clients to deliver results that often lead to early settlements in favor of the counsel who retained him. When cases go to trial, he presents them in jury-speak rather than techno-geek to educate the triers of fact. He applies his technical and science training to present a science-based approach to his opinions—a court requirement.
Mike has authored two books on the topic of forensic document examination. He has presented at several international forensics conferences. A member of several industry-related associations, he serves of the board of two. Mike has had forensic document examination cases from fourteen states.
Mike was chair of the 2012 National Association of Document Examiners conference, the 2014 Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners Conference, and the 2015 Forensic Expert Witness Association conference.
He has been qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts and Federal District Court, testifying in cases involving will contests, contract disputes and others. Questioned documents discovered include an altered deed, cut‐and‐paste signatures, altered mortgage documents, altered handwritten documents, electronic documents, and many other types of questioned documents. Mike is one of a handful of forensic document examiners with a graduate school certificate in forensic document examination from an accredited university.
Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association. He was an invited speaker at the annual conference of the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE), Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE), World Congress of Forensics in Chongqing, China, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and others.
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