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The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law (NCSTL) at Stetson University College of Law and the Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service have launched an innovative online course entitled “Locating, Evaluating, and Selecting Expert Witnesses.” The course has been approved for 3.5 General Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and .5 CLE Ethics credits. ABC approved the course for 1 hour general credit for recertification. Education (CE) credits for law enforcement professionals and forensic science board certifying specialties are pending. The course employs an engaging type of CLE/CE which utilizes video clips in addition to lecture and PowerPoint® presentation. The course also demonstrates how the NCSTL database, which has more than one million visitors from more than 170 countries, may be used for research in scientific evidence.
This online course focuses on:
- Factors that influence the selection of an expert
- The importance of investigating an expert’s credentials
- How to make an informed decision of an expert’s credibility
- Legal standards of admissibility of scientific evidence
- Attorney’s ethics in dealing with experts
For more information and registration instructions, visit the University of Tennessee’s course listing at http://leic.tennessee.edu/expertwitness.