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By - Jon Brown

Expert Witness Preparation
December 1-2, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

This course is designed to improve the effectiveness of witnesses as they prepare and serve as experts in rate cases and other associated energy industry testimony. The course is organized in two distinct areas; preparing and serving as an expert during the administrative process and learning how to be an effective witness during associated hearings. During the first portion of the course, participants will consider the rate case and other administrative processes, learn the nuances of preparing and designing successful pre-filed testimony, and acquire skills in writing persuasive questions and answers for submittal. Additionally, initial steps in preparing effective hearing testimony will be reviewed. The second portion of course concentrates on being an effective expert witness in hearing testimony. Skills will be provided on how to approach direct and cross examination, the finer points of persuasive verbal communication, and the potential pitfalls of detrimental and ineffectual non-verbal communications.  The course is interactive and will conclude with a mock hearing exercise via Microsoft Teams. During the exercise participants will establish skills and experience with expert witness responsibilities throughout the administrative hearing procedure.    

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the rate case process and major components
  • Identify three elements of expert witness professional ethics and/or standards
  • Describe how to properly prepare for pre-filing testimony
  • Identify important elements of effective pre-filing testimony
  • Describe important elements in writing effective pre-filing questions
  • Describe important elements in writing effective pre-filing answers
  • Discuss strategies useful in converting written into verbal testimony for hearings
  • Explain two effective persuasion techniques
  • Name three important considerations when describing credentials verbally
  • Discuss methods to prevent attacks on an expert witnesses’ credibility
  • Recognize the difference between direct and cross examination at a hearing
  • State the role of the administrative law judge
  • Name two pitfalls to avoid when interacting with opposing counsel
  • Identify important considerations in expert witness testimony at hearings
  • Describe the difference between verbal and non-verbal communication
  • List three goals of opposing counsel during cross-examination
  • Name three methods for responding to difficult questions in hearing testimony
  • State three rights of witnesses

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.3 CEUs for this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 15.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in  each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, classroom discussion, case studies, group exercises, and a mock hearing exercise will be used in the program.

Agenda

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 : Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break


Introduction

  • Course overview
  • Discussion of prior experience with regulated rate cases, perceptions and common misnomers

Rules and Procedures for Rate Cases and Rate Case Filings

  • Standard rules
  • Requirements for filing
  • Rate case procedures
    • Task distribution
    • Pre-filed testimony
    • Hearing processes
  • Case Law Examples

Rate Case Preparation

  • Process overview
  • Successful case and team management
  • Strategy development
  • Examples variable requirements for PUC/PSC
  • Doing the essential homework
  • A framework for assessing internal strengths and weaknesses of the case

The Dynamics of Expert Witnessing: Professional Ethics, Standards and Strategic Planning

  • Professional ethics and standards
  • Interfacing with counsel
  • Interfacing with other professionals and staff
  • Understanding your role on the team
  • Dealing with public and media inquiries
  • Treatment of confidential information

Morning Break


Strategies for Expert Witnesses in Pre-filing Testimony

  • Understanding the strategy and goals of the utility
  • Determining your objective
  • Planning with other PUC experts and staff coordination
  • Gathering supporting documentation and evidence
  • Considering time allotment and organization
  • Budget considerations

Introduction to Group Exercise

  • Overview of mock hearing exercise
  • Review and discussion of Case Study
  • Assignment of roles

Lunch Break


Preparing Pre-filed Testimony

  • Techniques to more persuasively explain your credentials
    • Knowledge/Skill
    • Experience
    • Training/Education
  • Know your audience
  • Determining what information needs to be addressed
  • Consideration of the layout of testimony – sequence
  • Writing a meaningful question to support your case and expert opinion
  • Writing a clear, concise, and meaningful answer to support your case
  • Improving credibility of positions

Pre-filed Testimony Writing Exercise

Afternoon Break


Group Review of Written Testimony


Questions and Wrap-up


Wednesday, December 2, 2020 : Central Time

8:50 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break


Introduction and Executive Summary of Persuasion Techniques for Expert Witnesses

  • Creating and using powerful, memorable language and analogies
  • Coaching and teaching hearing participants
  • Converting and communicating essential information from written testimony into oral testimony

Describing Your Credentials in a Verbal Format

  • Stating critical elements
  • Leaving out non-essentials
  • Confidence without boastfulness
  • Group exercise

The Dynamics of Hearings:  Direct and Cross Examination

  • How hearings are conducted
  • Creating a professional appearance
  • The principles of direct examination
  • The principles of cross examination

Morning Break


Protecting Yourself from Attacks on your Credibility and Credentials

  • Considering potential weaknesses
  • Preparing for the rebuttal
  • Learning how not to appear defensive
  • Making a reasonable correction or addition

Bonding with the Administrative Law Judge

  • The role of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
  • How to address and speak to the Administrative Law Judge
  • What to expect in communicating to the ALJ
  • Pitfalls to avoid

Developing a Productive Interaction with Opposing Counsel

  • The role of opposing counsel
  • What to expect from opposing counsel
  • Establishing the right relationship
  • What to expect in communicating with opposing counsel
  • Pitfalls to avoid

Lunch Break


Basic Considerations in Witness Testimony

  • Resisting memorizing or rehearsing testimony
  • Listening to the question
  • Answering only the questions asked
  • Resisting interrupting
  • Building trust, likability, and honesty
  • Resisting argumentation and frustration

Subjective Reactions and Effective Verbal Communications

  • Tone
  • Mannerisms
  • Confidence
  • Authority
  • Understandability
  • Memorability

Effective Nonverbal Behavior and Communication

  • Attire
  • Facial expressions
  • Eye contact
  • Posture
  • Head and body movements

Overcoming:

  • Shyness
  • Nervousness
  • Impatience
  • Simple annoyance
  • Arrogance
  • Hostility
  • Condescendence
  • Sarcasm

Special Considerations in Hearing Testimony

  • Forming airtight opinions
  • Staying ahead of counsel during cross examination
  • Answering difficult questions
  • Establishing responses in known problem areas
  • Knowing your rights as a witness
    • Protecting testimony from becoming distorted or mischaracterized
    • Avoiding testimony from becoming interrupted
    • Appropriateness in refusing to answer a question

Afternoon Break


Mock Hearing Exercise


Course Wrap–up

Instructor

Branko Terzic, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group LLC

Branko Terzic is currently a Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group LLC and a Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Competitiveness and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center.

Dr. Terzic has presented expert testimony before state public service commissions, courts, committees of state legislators, and committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He has examined experts and their testimony during over a decade of service on three regulatory agencies: as Commissioner on the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commissioner on the State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission and Chairman of the State of Wisconsin Racing Board.

Terzic also served on the President’s National Petroleum Council and National Coal Council and is former Chairman of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production.  In the energy industry Terzic has been Chairman, President and CEO of Yankee Energy System, Inc. Regulatory Policy Leader for Energy & Resources at Deloitte, Regional Managing Partner for Energy, Resources and Infrastructure in the Deloitte & Touche Central Europe; Managing Director at Arthur Andersen, Group Vice President at AUS Consultants, Valuation Engineer at The American Appraisal Company and Special Investigations Engineer at Wisconsin Electric Power Company.

During his long career Terzic has been a commentator on international and US television appearing on CNN, International, Fox Business, CNBC, ABC, NBC, PBS, Al Jezeera, Radio Television Serbia and Russian TV. Terzic has given over 500 speeches and has written hundreds of article for trade magazines and publications.

He holds a B.S. in Energy Engineering and an honorary Doctor of Sciences (Sc.D.) in Engineering both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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Event Standard RateAttendees
Single Connection - Expert Witness PreparationUS $ 1295.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 5,180.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 9,065.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 15,540.00
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