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Expert Witness Institute – Online & Topeka – June 2020

Audience: People with significant experience in sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or stalking who are interested in serving as expert witnesses. The application process is required.

Sponsored by:

KCSDV is following social distancing guidelines during COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.  Should any adjustment impact this training, all registrants will be notified.

Training Description:
This three-day institute will consist of both lecture and skills-based practice with real time feedback. Topics covered will include tips for testifying, understanding the court systems, laws related to expert witnesses, CV building, and much more.

To Apply:
Because of limited space for this institute, the following process will be used:

    1. Interested participants are required to fill out the institute application and submit it along with supporting documents to Lindsie Ford at by April 22, 2020.
    2. All applicants will be informed by email regarding admission to the institute. Note that you should not register until you receive an admission letter.  Admission letters will be sent by May 1, 2020.
    3. Selected participants should register online no later than May 12, 2020.

Applications are due by April 22, 2020.
Institute Application Form: KCSDV Expert Witness Institute Application

Dates & Times:
June 8 (Day 1): Virtual Training
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Exact dates TBD (Day 2 & 3): In-person
Location: Topeka, KS

Registration Fee:

Registration Deadline:
June 1, 2020

How to Register:
Note that you should not register until you receive an admission letter.  Admission letters will be sent by May 1, 2020.

To register, Create an account and login, then select the number of people you want to register and click “Register Now.”

We welcome people of all abilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact Shelly Newman. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

Registration Questions:
If you need assistance registering, contact:
Teresa Gallegos
785-232-9784 or

A variety of Kansas subject matter experts from the fields of victim advocacy, law enforcement, and the legal field.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to (objectives):

  • Understand the purpose of expert witness testimony and how expert witness testimony can benefit survivors of sexual assault,  domestic violence, and stalking in legal matters.
  • Identify and address challenging questions and issues that may arise when providing expert witness testimony is cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
  • Address potential ethical issues that may arise for expert witnesses in sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking cases.
  • Develop a curriculum vitae (CV) based on knowledge, skill, experience, training, and education.
  • Prepare and provide quality expert witness testimony based on personal knowledge, skill, experience, training, and education.

Training Questions:
If you have questions about the Expert Witness Institute, contact:
Lindsie Ford
Staff Attorney
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV)
785-232-9784 or

This grant project is supported by the State General Fund for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program.  The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.

Total Training Hours: 17

  •  June 8, 2020
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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