Can You Qualify as an “Expert?” Do You Want to?

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 11, 2023

Detective Carl Hershman
San Diego Police Department (Ret.)
Wendy Patrick
Wendy Patrick, JD, PhD
Deputy District Attorney
Matthew Stegner
Matthew Stegner, MA
Senior Investigator, New York State Police

Have you ever been asked to testify as an expert? What does it mean to be an expert? What does it take to be one? What are the dos and don’ts of being an expert? Who certifies me as an “expert?” These and many more questions will be answered during this presentation. 

A witness may be qualified as an expert based on their knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education. An expert witness may testify in the form of an opinion if their scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will help the trier of fact understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue. Being an expert and testifying as one are two different things. Writing an expert opinion is completely different then testifying in court. The presenters will address the definition and historical background of expert testimony and why it is so important to every case. They will address common errors and helpful strategies while preparing and testifying as an expert.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the criteria associated with becoming an expert witness.
  • Identify common errors of a new expert, and a seasoned expert.
  • Distinguish between writing an expert opinion and testifying in court.
  • Identify common pitfalls experts fall into when testifying. 
  • Strategize tactics to handle cross examination.

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