Webinar Archive: Expert Witness Series
Webinar date: June 3, 2014
Testifying on behalf of the defense in a criminal case can raise some questions and challenges for expert witnesses who have never testified, or who have testified only on behalf of the prosecution or in civil cases. This webinar provides participants with some basic information about the ways that expert testimony can be used on behalf of battered women charged with crimes. The presenter discusses the different types of cases in which expert testimony can be useful, the role of defense expert testimony in different kinds of cases, and strategies for navigating some of the common challenges that criminal defense cases present. While this webinar is geared towards new and aspiring expert witnesses, criminal defense attorneys may also find the presentation helpful.
About the Presenter
Cindene Pezzell is the Legal Coordinator at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (NCDBW). Before joining NCDBW in 2008, Cindene was an assistant public defender in Philadelphia, where she focused primarily on trial work. Cindene is Lead Staff on NCDBW's Expert Project, which is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, and has been working in that capacity to develop resources designed to increase the availability and effectiveness of expert testimony for victims of ongoing battering. In addition to coordinating the Legal Team at the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Cindene provides direct technical assistance to defense teams, researches and develops legal materials, and conducts training programs.
When Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocates Provide Expert Testimony on Behalf of the Defense
This webinar series is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K129 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.