AICPA to Hold Expert Witness Workshop for CPAs

Sarah Woodman, Global events journalist
April 18, 2011 /

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) will hold a workshop on expert witness skills on April 28-30, 2011 in Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, Washington DC.

The workshop is designed to provide CPAs and financial professionals with practical experience that they can use in gearing up to work in a courtroom environment. It particularly aims to help experts gain valuable testimony experience and increase their confidence on the witness stand.

CPAs with basic forensic accounting and/or valuation skills who want to become an expert witness, CPAs looking to advance their skills beyond the technical aspects of preparing damages or valuation reports and CPAs wanting to learn more about the litigation process for CFF credential are invited.

The workshop will cover testimony demonstration and analysis, participant practice sessions on direct testimony and cross examination, one-on-one video review and critique, effective communications presentation and testimony at a mock trial.

There will also be Q&A sessions, in-depth discussion, case studies and interactive demonstrations where judges, experts and attorneys from a broad range of disciplines will provide guidance and advice.

After the workshop, the participants are expected to learn how to explain their conclusions in terms that a layman can understand and withstand the scrutiny of a cross-examination.

Finance Research and Associates Conference Steering Committee Chairman and Managing Director Stacy Preston Collins said that becoming an expert witness requires mastering a wide-range of technical subject matters that should be effectively communicated during trial. Effective communication requires a different skill set that is difficult to develop outside the courtroom. The participants of the workshop will be fortunate to be able to experience a mock trial portion that will test their new skills.


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