“An Association of Consultants Providing Forensic Services” Founded in California in 1994, the Forensic Expert Witness Association brought together a diverse group of professionals. By 2012, FEWA evolved into a national association dedicated to the professional development, ethics and promotion of forensic consultants with 10 chapters in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Arizona, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Florida. One of the main goals of the association is the education of its members. Each member is given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and techniques, so that they can better perform in an effective manner. The association has adopted a code of ethics, which all their members must maintain. This ensures that the members of the association and the association itself are viewed with the utmost professionalism. The directory The association has brought together a group of experts from all walks of life. The needs of the legal community are many and varied, and membership of this association reflects that diversity. One of the features that the association provides the legal community is a directory of experts, which is available both electronically at www.forensic.org and as a hardcopy print directory. These directories are very simple to navigate and make it easy for attorneys to find expert witnesses. The experts are broken down into broad areas: architecture, accident recreation, construction, insurance, medical, law enforcement, real estate, the list goes on. From there the categories are broken down further. In addition to providing one convenient location for the search, the directory qualifies the experts. Next to each listing, is a level designation, telling the viewer the amount of verified experience the witness has obtained. FEWA prints about 40,000 copies of its directory and distributes it free of charge to attorneys in the geographical areas where it has chapters. This convenient search tool allows attorneys to access profiles of expert witnesses in their area. This is also a great value to members, who wish to be visible to the legal community. The Annual conference At the end of April, the association enjoyed their annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. All members across the country were invited to the three-day event. The agenda included seminars on video depositions, connecting with attorneys, scientific evidence, professional liability insurance, ADR, reliability, articulation as a witness and many others. Over a dozen speakers were in attendance, offering their services and advice to the visiting experts. The event, hosted at the Saguaro Hotel and Conference Center, was held in conjunction with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. This great learning experience was supplemented by the networking opportunities made available by the association. FEWA has always aimed to forge connections between their members, giving them the opportunity to network and work together. This conference was one of the best opportunities afforded to their members. Following the day’s conferences, the association offered happy hours and events like an art walk, a country western band and dining in Scottsdale’s city of restaurants. For more information on the association or to join, please visit www.Forensic.org.
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