Course Details

Communicating Scientific Information: Technical Professionals and Expert Witnesses

This workshop-style course will focus on how to present complex scientific information to a non-technical audience to maximize credibility and persuasive impact. Students will participate in a number of presentation exercises, some with ample preparation time and some with very little, to explore effective communication techniques. Hypothetical "audiences" for the presentations will range from high school students, to business executives, to potential investors and others. Special attention will be paid to role of an expert witness at trial. As the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has noted, "the persuasiveness of the presentation of complex technology-based issues to lay persons depends heavily on the relative skill of the experts." The course will include a review of the applicable rules of evidence and procedure, and case studies illustrating effective and ineffective expert presentations. The course will culminate with the students giving expert testimony (both direct and cross examination) in a mock trial setting conducted by experienced lawyers. There are no formal prerequisites, but it is recommended that students have taken at least one litigation-focused course. For the Spring 2 session, this class will meet on 3/11, 4/1 and 4/15

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 920-0

Additional Course Information: MSL students only

Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Communicating Scientific Information: Technical Professionals and Expert Witnesses
Faculty: Fauver, Cole M
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 16     Actual: 16