Thursday, March 3, 2011

Upcoming CLE on Daubert!

Wisconsin is now a Daubert State:
Admitting Expert Testimony under the New Law
Sponsored by the State Public Defender’s Office and the Department of Justice
Friday April 15, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Marquette University Law School—Eckstein Hall
1215 W. Michigan Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Register Now!(Program full)

About the Program:

In January 2011, the Wisconsin Legislature made substantial revisions to Wis. Stats. Ch. 907 regarding the admissibility of expert testimony. These revisions have brought Wisconsin into line with what is known in the federal system as the “Daubert” standard and potentially opens up a new area of litigation concerning what scientific testimony should now be permitted in Wisconsin courtrooms. 

The program will begin with Professor Daniel Blinka, one of Wisconsin’s foremost experts on evidence, explaining the new law and how federal courts have construed it under Daubert. Professor Blinka’s presentation will be followed by separate breakouts for defense lawyers and prosecutors to discuss litigation under the new standards. Finally, the program will conclude with a presentation by Circuit Court Judge Ellen Brostrom and United States Magistrate Judge Patricia Gorence on how the courts should apply the new statutes.

Registration, CLE and Additional Information:

The cost for private bar attorneys actively taking SPD cases is $25. The cost for attorneys not actively taking SPD cases is $50. Online registration is available at the SPD website.

The program will be approved for 3.5 CLE credits.

Seating for this program is limited. Please register early to ensure a spot.

Note the program will be videotaped and available on-demand approximately two weeks after the live program. 

Parking at Eckstein Hall:
Please note that limited parking is available in the Eckstein Hall parking structure for $5 per car. Additional parking is available for $5 in the Wells Street Structure, located on Wells Street between 12th Street and 13th Street.  It is about a 2 block walk to Eckstein Hall. 

See Map for additional details. 

Questions about the program can be directed to Philip Mergen or Deja Vishny

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  1. Is this open to staff as well?

  2. Staff is directed to register at the SPD internal site.