Preparing the Foreign-Born Witness for Testimony
Presented By: DRI and Courtroom Sciences, Inc
What is quite common in today’s court¬rooms is foreign-born, English-speaking witnesses whose role is to convey believ¬able, persuasive (and critical) testimony to a panel of jurors. There is a misconcep¬tion among trial attorneys and corporate counsel that the “language barrier” is the primary obstacle to effective courtroom testimony with foreign-born witnesses. The heart of the matter is that foreign-born witnesses are often very poor com¬municators in the courtroom, not because of the language barrier, but rather because of deep cultural traits that hinder their ability to get their messages across to ju¬rors. With millions, if not billions, of dol¬lars at stake in civil litigation matters, the unique verbal and nonverbal communi¬cation challenges associated with foreign-born witnesses can leave trial attorneys and their clients economically vulnerable in the courtroom. Therefore, as the country continues to diversify culturally, and the number of foreign-born witnesses contin¬ues to increase over time, trial teams will need to alter and supplement their witness preparation efforts. This program will help explain who foreign-born witnesses are and in what types of cases their testimony is commonly seen. It will address the linguistic and cultural bar¬riers that are likely to present themselves and will also offer practical advice about the key preparation steps that should be taken before a foreign-born witness testi¬fies.
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Bill Kanasky, Jr. is the Vice President of Litigation Psychology at Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a full-service, national litigation consulting firm. Dr. Kanasky is recognized as a national expert, author and speaker in the areas of advanced witness training and jury psychology and is the nation’s leading authority on recognizing, derailing, and defeating the plaintiff Reptile strategy.