UNC School of Law Expert Witness School

Office of Continuing Legal Education

UNC School of Law


Friday, March 29, 2019 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Professors and other scholars are often called upon to serve as qualified expert witnesses. Experts help attorneys evaluate their cases and may give testimony during depositions or trials. Medical condition, future earnings, valuation, injury, loss, business methods, mathematical modeling, human psychology, historical meaning: The range of possible experts is as diverse as the range of issues about which there might be a dispute.

In the courts, a qualified expert witness is considered a person who has knowledge, skill, education, experience, or training in a specialized field. Every department on campus has experts whose training and fact evaluation would be valuable in the appropriate case.

There are several instances that require an expert.

  • When it is required by the law. This is generally used in cases involving negligence or malpractice where an expert is needed to provide merit for a case.
  • When a subject matter is complex, and an expert is needed to educate a jury.
  • When an expert is needed to refute or question the testimony of an opposing expert.

 In general, an expert witness can receive an hourly wage that ranges from $250 to $550 depending on whether it is medical or non-medical expertise.

Carolina Law will be offering a two-day workshop for 10 professors and scholars who would like to be trained for future opportunities to serve as an expert witness. The workshop operates in conjunction with the Expert Witness Practicum which is part of the law school’s Trial Advocacy curriculum.

 Participants will leave the workshop knowing:

  • how the courts decide who to qualify as an expert witness
  • the difference between consulting and testifying
  • the process of selection and preparation that attorneys use
  • the full meaning of attorney-client privilege
  • the expectations regarding report-writing, depositions, trials and a brief overview of discovery

During the workshop, participants will be prepared for testimony by Carolina Law students. Each expert will get to experience direct and cross examination in the UNC School of Law’s court room with live feedback from an experienced trial lawyer.

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion and be listed in the School of Law’s forthcoming expert witness database, which will help attorneys find subject matter experts.


Professor Richard E. Myers II is the Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law at Carolina Law. He is the Director of Trial Advocacy, an evidence professor, and the advisor to the Broun National Trial Team. As a trial lawyer with the Department of Justice, Myers was trained at the National Advocacy Center. He worked with expert witnesses in criminal investigations and presented expert witnesses at trial, before the grand jury, in sentencing hearings, and in probation revocation hearings. He prepared witnesses to testify as experts about topics such as firearms, arson, forensic accounting, fingerprints, eyewitness identification, narcotics, gang behavior and gang insignia, physical injury, forensic handwriting analysis, computer decryption, GPS systems, business practices and building construction. He has instructed routinely at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, trained arson experts at the National Fire Academy, and statistical and mathematical experts interested in election law at a joint training program between Carolina Law and Duke Law. He is a co-author of the evidence treatise Brandis and Broun on North Carolina Evidence.

For more information, please contact, RMyers@email.unc.edu.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:30 PM - Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Registration is currently not open.

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