The lecture lunch was sponsored by the NCPA Student Chapter. A couple of reflections written by student taking the class are posted below:
Reflection #1: Taraneh Ziaeianhosseinian, PharmD Candidate 2020
This seminar was about how to become an expert witness in order to provide testimony in trial. In a case, we have to have this ability to evaluate a critical situation and have educational and training experiences. The testimony should be relevant and reliable. The main important thing that we should mention is that we shouldn’t use big words because the juries might be have low educational background and we have to explain what the issue means and how the information might help them to make a decision. In addition, we have to make connection with the jury and try not to impress them with our knowledge. However, this is not always easy when describing clinical pharmacology and the metabolism of drugs but we should try our best to explain materials in a way that a 12-year-old child can also understand them.
Reflection #2: Yuliya Rutsouskaya, PharmD Candidate 2020
Dr. Keith Yoshikzuka has presented a very interesting and informative lecture on “Legal Consulting: How to be an expert witness."
Dr Keith Yoshikzuka emphasize how important to have a experience in order to be an expert. Residency is helpful but not necessary to become such an expert.
The lecturer also talk bout what happened to the drug after the body dies. The autopsy is usually conducted within 7 days after the death. This fact has to be taken in consideration because after death the drugs in the body tends to redistribute.
In order to testify at trial, a person needs an education and experience in order to present relevant and reliable information. If an expert testifies the most important thing is to explain the results in lay language because the jury most likely consists of people without scientific knowledge. Besides that, in order to help jury to make a decision in your favor is to tell a story, display confidence but not arrogance, maintaining the eye contact. The explanation has to be concise and simplified. Overall, I consider this profession is to be very interesting and I would like to explore it more in the future.