Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?

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CA1.00(Includes 1.00 Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession)
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Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?
Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?

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Course Credit Hours: CA 1 Bias
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Course Description

Bias in the courtroom is a prevalent problem. Bias exists in all people. The ability to recognize your biases and the biases of your opponent can save or lose your case.

Black’s Law Dictionary Ninth Edition identifies 4 types of bias in the courtroom. Not on the list of biases is “Expert Witness Bias.” As a legal professional a responsibility is to recognize whether your expert witness is succumbing to unconscious biases that will be exposed in deposition or trial. We all have biases, learn to overcome yours and deliver a foolproof testimony.

This presentation introduces the four forms of courtroom biases plus expert witness bias. You learn how to recognize these biases in yourself, your expert witness, and the opposition.

After this seminar you will:

- Effectively recognize and reduce your biases

- Know how to 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 the jury’s perspective

Length: 59min

Member Reviews

excellent speaker and interesting topic
- Maria T.
I appreciated Mr. Wakshull's unique perspective on the topic of bias. I have never heard a presentation on this topic given by someone who serves as a forensic expert and has to work with attorneys, clients, and judges, each of whom may have particular biases based on their roles in a case. It was very interesting. I will look up his writings on the Zodiac killer!
- Henry S.
Interesting. It covered some areas in which I have had cases and dealt with experts such as the speaker but have not seen a course like this before. His candidness about experts is appreciated. I may want to use him as an expert in one of our upcoming cases.
- Robert Z.
I very much enjoyed this course. The speaker was very knowledgeable and the topic was interesting and informative.
- Audrey S.
found the seminar quiet illuminating. very good presentation
- barton s.
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Meet the Lecturer(s)

Mike Wakshull

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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