You can find so many expert witness testimony courses and webinars today, but they almost always lack a strong focus on the jury.

Yes, all the material regarding rules of evidence, statistics, error rate studies, testing contamination, biases of all kinds, and many other topics are indeed important. But, when the dust settles and the deliberation room door is closed, it is what the jury understands and believes that matters.

The real key to becoming a successful expert witness in forensics is to develop within the jury what I call "forensic trust."

This is undoubtedly the most critical responsibility of an expert witness who is called to testify on their forensic examination results. "Forensic Trust" is quite simple to define and understand but can be challenging for the expert to accomplish while on the witness stand.

First, the expert witness must present their science (forensic discipline) so that the jury members feel as if they can trust the science used in the case examinations. The second and equally important facet of "forensic trust" is their development of trust in you as the forensic practitioner. One without the other leads to confusion in the jury members' minds, and this confusion can run rampant in the deliberation room.

This online seminar focuses on the jury members themselves and will be based upon literally hundreds of post-trial juror interviews that I have conducted over the last 40+ years. As an expert witness in over 500 hearings and jury trials, I have built a wealth of practical experience that you can benefit from to build trust within the jury.

Remember, your job is not to convict but to inform. Inform the jurors so they trust you and trust the work you have done while they deliberate and make their difficult decision about the case before them.

I have taught so many people in classrooms worldwide how to be the best expert witness they can be. Now you can benefit from my popular classroom teaching methods and get the same level of training by enrolling in this exciting online seminar. You will have such a great time that you may forget you are training. I want you to feel as if we are sitting together at your kitchen table drinking coffee.

This two-day online seminar is approved for continuing education credit by the International Association for Identification. Each student will be required to pass a final written exam before earning their certificate of completion. Soooooooo, it would be best if you took some notes during the seminar, and I will make it obvious when we cover a topic that would make a good test question.

This seminar is online and will be LIVE, and you will be able to ask questions, make comments, and interact with me during the seminar. Don't be surprised if I ask questions of you during the seminar. In addition to real-time interaction, I will provide my contact information at the end of the seminar so you can reach out to me and get answers to questions you may have after the seminar is over.

Who Should Attend?

  •  Laboratory Experts
  •  Crime Scene Investigators
  • Forensic Specialists
  • Medical Legal Death Investigators
  • Medical Examiners
  • Criminal Justice Trainers



JUNE 8, 2021 - Morning Session 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

JUNE 8, 2021 - Afternoon Session 01:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST

JUNE 9, 2021 - Morning Session 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

JUNE 9, 2021 - Afternoon Session 01:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Your Instrcutor - Ron Smith

    • Need Help? Got Questions? Contact Us

  • 2

    RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques Book (pdf)

    • RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques Book (pdf)

  • 3

    LIVE WEBINAR DAY 2 6/9/2021

    • Day 2 - Morning Session

    • Day 2 - Afternoon Session

  • 4


    • Copy of Course Survey

  • 5


    • Seminar Final Exam

Your Instructor

RS&A President

Ron Smith, CLPE

Ron Smith has been employed in the forensic identification field since 1972, first with the FBI, then with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and from 1978 until his retirement in July 2002 with the Mississippi Crime Laboratory. As Associate Director, he served as supervisor of the Meridian Branch of the Mississippi Crime Lab System. He is a specialist in courtroom testimony instruction, latent fingerprint examinations and crime scene examinations and has provided expert witness testimony in over five hundred cases in numerous states.

Submitted for I.A.I. Approval

16 Hours

This RS&A online seminar has been approved by the International Association for Identification for 16 Hours of continuing education credits for Certification and Re-Certification by the Latent Print Certification Board and the Crime Scene Certification Board. Other IAI Certification Board approvals are pending.