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We all live in the real world (last I checked, anyway), and for the most part, it doesn't exactly jibe with the way it's depicted in procedurals like CSI, and Law and Order: Whichever One is On This Year. Expert witnesses are, however, called in to testify in many cases where the court would not otherwise have the knowledge or training to understand technical issues. Fortunately, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) offers workshops to provide training to engineers to prepare for courtroom proceedings.
On the 11th and 12th of November, 2010, ACEC will be holding one such workshop in Orlando Florida. The agenda is set to cover aspects of testimony ranging from behaviour in the courtroom, to visual aids other demonstrative tools, to maintaining your credibility in the face of cross-examination. The full details are available from the brochure on the ACEC's event website.
Personally, I find this sort of thing fascinating; not only because it presents an opportunity to gain skills and qualifications that look good on a resume, but because it offers some real insight into what happens when disparate social structures interact, and need to exchange knowledge in order to determine the facts of the matter. Presenting highly specialized technical knowledge can be exceptionally challenging to relate to many audiences, and training such as this allows you to go in better prepared to communicate effectively.