Establishing Expertise as an Ethical Expert Witness

Experts and Lawyers Collaborating to Help Victims

January 12-13, 2009


Austin, Texas

Training at a Glance
The training is designed for attorneys, domestic violence service providers and professionals who are interested in being considered as expert witnesses in court cases involving domestic violence.

Overview: An intensive two-day training provides participants critical skills needed to serve as an expert witness or use the skills of an expert witness in domestic violence cases; knowledge about the ethical issues involved; knowledge about the legal environment expert witnesses work in; and issues involved in expert witness testimony. Course structure uses case studies and allows participants to evaluate an expert witness on the stand.

The training will address the issues listed below.  Training materials will be distributed to all participants. Tentative Agenda.
Role of expert witnesses
ABCs for expert witnesses
The court environment
Practical tips for effective testimony
Establishing credentials of an expert witness
Updates on challenging issues
View from the bench
Special issues in immigration cases
Testifying as an expert witness
Designing agency policies and guidelines
NEW section on expert witnesses in child custody cases

Presenters have substantial experience as expert witnesses in court cases involving domestic violence. Faculty profiles.

The training begins at 9:00 am each day. It ends at 5:30 pm on Monday and 3:30 pm on Tuesday. Please make travel arrangements to stay to the end of the training.


This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Education Credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 13.75 hours, of which 0.0 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.

This course has been submitted for review by The University of Texas School of Social Work. Certification is pending.

Peace officers may submit hours from this class to their agency's training department for consideration towards licensing hours from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education or their appropriate state law enforcement agency.

Registration is $225.00 and limited to 100 – register by December 14, 2008. After December 14, it is $250. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Participants are on their own for dinner. Registration Form.

The training will be conducted at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law in Austin, TX at 727 East Dean Keeton Street in the Eidman Courtroom.

The Office on Violence Against Women has approved the conference for use of their funds from their grants. Anyone who desires to use OVW funds to attend this conference must individually receive approval from their Program Manager to register.

Registration and Lodging

The registration fee is $225.00. Register by December 14, 2008. After December 14, it is $250. Registration Form.

GROUP DISCOUNT $225.00 for the first individual from an organization; $200.00 for the second individual from the same organization; $175.00 for the third individual from the same organization; and $150.00 for the fourth individual and all others from the same organization.

LODGING – Special single/double room rates of $97.00 per night (plus 15% taxes) are available at the Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center (300 East 4th Street). Reserve a room with a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds. To receive the special rate, you must make your reservation by December 22, 2008.
Transportation in Austin
Transportation will be provided each day from the hotel to the training.
Driving directions to and parking at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
The typical cab fare between the airport and the hotel is $20-$25 one way. Super Shuttle is available for $12 one way or $21 round trip. Reservations are required for Super Shuttle pick ups at the hotel.
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