March 31st, 2011 by Rebekah Smith
The National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) and the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) are holding their 2011 Annual Consultants’ Conference in San Diego this year (June 8 – June 11, 2011). I always look forward to this conference because of the quality speakers and the great networking with other valuation, litigation support, fraud and M&A professionals. My anticipation is even greater this year because I will be part of a panel on Saturday, June 11.
For the first time ever, NACVA is running a litigation education training concurrent with the National Convention. The Litigation Bootcamp for Financial Experts is a dynamic program where the participants spend the week learning all about calculating damages and testifying. I will teach two of the five days on the actual mechanics of calculating and presenting economic damages. During the week, there is also a live case going on in which we will hold depositions and at the conclusion, on Saturday….a live jury trial on damages! It is such a great experience to be able to testify and get real feedback from representative jurors.
On Saturday, a live jury trial will be held from 8:00 – 10:15 a.m. Then, the jury will deliberate from 10:40 to 12:15 (shhhh, don’t tell them but it’s on closed circuit TV so the participants can watch a real, live deliberation!). Afterwards I will be part of a panel with other experts including Jim Hitchner, Randy Kessler, Robert Wade, and Joe Epps discussing techniques for testifying in front of a judge or jury.
Any questions you’d like answered by our jury or the panel as it relates to effectively communicating financial and damages information in litigation matters? Stay tuned for my conference summary post in June, I’ll share observations from the jury deliberations and panel selection.