Hosted by the Houston Chapter of the

American Society of Appraisers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – HON. DEVON ANDERSON, President & CEO of Justice Forward and former Harris County District Attorney

Debra B. Norris, PC, Attorney

Joshua Wood, JD, MAI, AI-GRS

Denise Peterson, JD, FCIArb

Stephanie M. Harp, JD

Nick Rishwain, JD

Testimony Train Wrecks & Tips for Experts,  Debra B. Norris, PC, Attorney at Law
Remote Attorney Mock Trial Panel, Stephanie M. Harp, JD, The Harp Law Firm
Implicit Bias On The Stand, Denise Peterson, JD, FCIArb 
The Expert Witness Report & Lead Attorney for Mock Trial, Joshua Wood, JD, MAI, AI-GRS, Valbridge Property
Social Media & The Expert, Nick Rishwain, JD,

Cost $250 Per Attendee    

Workshop & Mock Trial Hours 8:15 am to 5:45 pm

Workshop with 5 presenters in the morning and Mock Trial featuring expert witness testimony segments in the afternoon. Online remote testimony skills will be included. 

Education Credits: 9 Hours CPE/CE; FEWA CFLC: 9 Hours; MCLE: 8 hours; State Bar of Texas MCLE Accreditation Course #174079218

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— Implicit Bias & The Expert,  by Denise Peterson, JD, FCIArb

Identification of implicit bias and unintentional body language that expresses information better left unsaid in a trial or deposition. Understand bias, gestures and movements that reveal unintended communications to a judge or jury.

—  Testimony Train Wrecks & Expert Tips, by Debra B. Norris, PC, Attorney at Law

Focus on the proper preparations required for depositions and testimony, including how to successfully perform during cross examination. Appropriately prepare to answer questions regarding statements, reports, methodology, procedures, standards and more. Identify disasters and learn how to stay properly focused, in order to avoid falling into hazardous testimony traps.

The Expert Witness Report, by Joshua Wood, JD, MAI, AI-GRS

Overview of information presented in a written report that supports a case or destroys a case. The power of advocating for a report lies in the content included or excluded in the report. Cautiously composed materials can win a case, while poorly documented information can ruin a case.

— Social Media and the Expert Witness, by Nick Rishwain, JD

Identify various opportunities for marketing services on social media, including referral networks. Learn how an ordinary social existence can evolve into a dynamic presence that drives clients to your door. Identify various opportunities for marketing services on social media, including marketing platforms like Learn how an ordinary, and extraordinary social existence can evolve into a dynamic presence that moves prospective clients to become paying clients

— Mock Trial

The Mock Trial will demonstrate testimony of several professional experts during direct and cross. Summaries of case scenario and mock appraisal reports will be included in session materials; Attendees (the jury) will observe professional expert witness performances and differentiate between appropriate testimony and inappropriate. A panel of attorneys lead by Stephanie M. Harp will conduct an interactive critique and Q&A following each episode.


  • Non-refundable after August 18, 2020.
  • Substitutions of registrants allowed through: date pending
  • Last day to register: date pending
  • No prerequisites or advanced preparation required; Program level: Fundamental

Included: Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Break refreshments.
Group instruction will be delivered in a Courtroom style classroom or online.

NASBA and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit

The American Society of Appraisers is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website Policies: ASA’s Refund and Cancellation Policy and ASA’s Complaint Resolution Policy