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Elimination of Courtroom Bias Seminar at CA Paralegal Conference
Michael N. Wakshull --Forensic Document Examiner Michael N. Wakshull --Forensic Document Examiner
Temecula, CA
Sunday, June 19, 2016


Q9 Consulting announces that Q9's president and forensic document examiner, Mike Wakshull, has been invited to speak at the California Alliance of Paralegal Association's (CAPA) annual conference in Riverside California on June 25. Last year Mr. Wakshull presented four seminars as the entire forensics track at the CAPA conference in San Jose.

This year's presentation is, "will courtroom bias cost you your next case?" The seminar has been approved by the California State Bar for one hour of elimination of bias MCLE credit. This presentation which uses real courtroom examples as case studies has been delivered at the La Jolla Bar Association and the San Diego Law Library.

Bias in the courtroom is a prevalent problem. Bias exists in all people. The ability to recognize your biases and the biases of your opponent can save or lose your case.

Black's Law Dictionary Ninth Edition identifies four types of bias in the courtroom: Actual Bias, Advocate's Bias, Judicial Bias, and Implied Bias. Not on the list of biases is "Expert Witness Bias." As a legal professional a responsibility is to recognize whether your expert witness is succumbing to unconscious biases that will be exposed in deposition or trial. We all have biases, learn to overcome yours and deliver a foolproof testimony.

This presentation introduces the four forms of courtroom biases plus expert witness bias. You learn how to recognize these biases in yourself, your expert witness, and the opposition.

After this seminar you will:

  • Effectively recognize and reduce your biases
  • Know how to counter the biases of the opposition
  • Determine whether your forensic examiner's report is biased
  • Recognize the e?ects of bias on forensic examiners' opinions
  • Make implicit biases work in your favor
  • Learn how biases impact the jury's perspective



About the Author: Michael Wakshull, president of Q9 Consulting, is a civil and criminal court-qualified forensic document examiner providing services throughout the U.S.A. Cases include authentication of handwritten and computer-generated documents. Wakshull holds a Master of Science in technology management, a graduate school certificate in forensic document examination and has spoken at international forensics conferences including the World Congress of Forensics in China. He authors and presents document examination courses for minimum continuing legal education (MCLE). Wakshull is a member of the National Association of Document Examiners, past president of the San Diego Chapter of Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA), ASTM International, and a senior member of the American Society for Quality.

Mike has authored two books on the topic of forensic document examination. 

A National Speakers Association member, he is available to speak on these subjects.

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Name: Michael N. Wakshull
Title: Forensic Document Examiner
Group: Q9 Consutling, Inc.
Dateline: Temecula, CA United States
Direct Phone: 1-951-252-4929
Cell Phone: 805-501-3388
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