Chapter 1. Examples of Expert Witnesses and Their Communities of Interest

Our world is awash with technology. The operation of the most common technical devices remains a mystery to mere mortals. In this chapter, expert witnesses from several different specialty areas describe the nature of their work. Of particular interest here is how each of these experts contributes to and draws on the expertise of other experts within their own professional community of interest. Included among these examples is a look at an Academy Award–winning portrayal of an expert witness who shares several common attributes with effective expert witnesses who testify in real courtrooms. The expert in My Cousin Vinny is extremely well qualified, competent, and credible. ...

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