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G129
The Engineer in the Courts

David A. Conner, Ph.D., PE

Engineers working as a technical consultant and/or expert witness in the legal environment must function as educators, evaluators, and investigators in a manner that appropriately supports the distinct needs of their client/employer. (And, client/employer requirements will differ depending upon whether the client/employer is the plaintiff, the defense, or the court itself.) Beginning as a technical consultant and/or expert witness requires
  1. a knowledge of both the law regulating the practice of engineering and the Canons of Practice and
  2. the development of
a) a detailed resume that includes pertinent credentials;
b) a fee schedule, billing philosophy, and a mechanism for billing if serving as a consultant,
c) a philosophy on note taking, and
d) a philosophy on how files will be maintained.
This course is addressed to
  1. the consulting engineer interested in becoming a technical consultant and/or expert witness for the legal profession,
  2. the consulting engineer just getting started as a technical consultant/expert witness for the legal profession, and
  3. engineers in industry assigned, as a company employee, to assist company attorneys in litigation.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.


* This course is acceptable to all the state PE boards except the New York State PE & PLS Board.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.

AIA Members: You must take the courses listed under the category "AIA/CES Registered Courses" if you want us to report your Learning Units (LUs) to AIA/CES. If you take courses not registered with AIA/CES, you need to report the earned Learning Units (not qualified for HSW credits) using Self Report Form provided by AIA/CES.

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