The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court / Edition 1

The Expert Expert Witness: More Maxims and Guidelines for Testifying in Court / Edition 1

by Stanley L. Brodsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557985979

ISBN-13: 9781557985972

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals may be experts in their respective fields, but this expertise does not easily translate to effective courtroom testimony. Even veteran expert witnesses can encounter new challenges in these high-pressure situations, especially during a cross-examination where every statement and gesture can be

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Overview

Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals may be experts in their respective fields, but this expertise does not easily translate to effective courtroom testimony. Even veteran expert witnesses can encounter new challenges in these high-pressure situations, especially during a cross-examination where every statement and gesture can be scrutinized by an attorney searching for ways to dispute the expert's credibility and opinions. For more than 2 decades, Stanley L. Brodsky has taught expert witnesses simple and practical strategies they can use to negotiate challenges in the courtroom and give strong, effective testimony. In this thorough update to his classic guide, Brodsky and his equally prolific coauthor. Thomas G. Gutheil, continue to provide sage, humorous advice that will put expert witnesses at ease and allow them to comport themselves with poise and confidence throughout direct and cross-examination. Short chapters punctuated by memorable maxims draw from the authors' expansive personal experiences, as well as research and stories from other expert expert witnesses, to create this must-have resource that will inform and entertain expert witnesses for many years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557985972
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
ILLUSTRATE
Pages:
197
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Arbitrary Pigeonholes1
2Asked and Answered5
3Back to One10
4Bulletproofing14
5Confabulations19
6Context: 1. Choosing a Phrase23
7Context: 2. Minor Gaps27
8Daubert Hearings31
9Discovery and Discoveries36
10Ethics in Expert Witness Testimony40
11Evasive Responses: Hopeless but Not Serious44
12Experience Does Not Count48
13Expert Witness as Master Teacher52
14Floccinaucinihilipilification56
15For Better and Worse59
16Gender Labels63
17Illusory Documentation67
18Inflammatory Questions71
19Integrity Checks75
20Internet Vulnerabilities81
21It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here85
22Language: It's a Virus89
23The Last Word92
24Lawyer Bashing95
25Lay Witnesses99
26Offensive Language104
27Personal Attacks108
28Practice Answers112
29Pulling and the Push-Pull118
30Real and Apparent Ambiguities122
31Reconstructing Your Testimony126
32Shifts in Testifying and Consulting Expertise131
33Silent Treatments136
34Sleight of Hand140
35Social Construction of Illnesses and Disorders144
36Taints149
37Tape Recording of Evaluations154
38Telephone and Videotape Testimony159
39To Cry, to Faint164
40Traps of Common Sense168
41Trivial Pursuits172
42Ultimate Opinion Testimony177
43What I Don't and Do Like to See in an Expert Witness183
References189
Appendix: Recommended Readings193
About the Author197

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