In Utilizing Experts In An Expert Way, Kelli Hinson and Tesa Hinkley describe the crucial role expert witnesses have at trial and give advice on how best to use them. Here they give useful tips on scheduling academic experts to fit the time table for your case.
Most academic experts have teaching and research duties that can restrict the time they have available for consulting activities. The more senior academics often teach one semester per year. Identifying this period in advance, and working around it by utilizing the summer and other non-teaching periods, will maximize th expert’s availability for your needs.
Excerpted from the ABA Expert Witness Alert, Summer/Fall 2007