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A Guide to Forensic Testimony: The Art and Practice of Presenting Testimony as an Expert Technical Witness by Rebecca Gurley Bace, Fred Chris Smith

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Chapter 9. The Magic of Testimony: Communicating with the Fact Finder

Taking a Page from the Jury Consultant

Sonya Hamlin is a widely recognized consultant who counsels trial lawyers on the fine points of communicating with juries. In addition to the tips and techniques for lawyers in her book, What Makes Juries Listen Today,[1] she included a chapter on expert witnesses. That chapter is an excellent place for new technical experts to start addressing (and overcoming) their natural fears of appearing in the formal setting of a courtroom.

Although Hamlin wrote her book primarily for the benefit of trial lawyers, it is just as useful to the beginning expert who wants to know what to expect from the legal process. With a focus on how the jury will ...

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