by Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI
The Legal Investigator - official magazine of The National Association of Legal Investigators - is available online
The Legal Investigator - official magazine of The National Association of Legal Investigators - is available online at http://www.bluetoad.com/publication?i=223758
As an alternating regular contributor, this issue has Dean's article 'Elevating Investigations using Daubert and Frye Standards' is included. BUT - this is probably one of the BEST issues to date. 110% of the articles are top-notch!
Case law has defined a subject matter expert as, “…person with direct knowledge of what is done in the job, what knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) are required, and the general background of persons who are able to do the job successfully. These may include those currently doing the job, recent incumbents, those who supervise others doing the job, and other acknowledged job experts.” Without being a subject matter expert, you can conduct your investigations with this concept in mind, as well as prepare reports in such a manner. One manner of doing so is by adapting the concepts of Daubert / Frye for experts to non-expert investigators to be better prepared in both investigative principles and testimony."
In a 2012 ‘The Legal Investigator’ I shared some ideas in an article, When Legal Investigators Become Consultants and Experts. “NALI is comprised of professional legal investigators that generally practice in the areas of civil and criminal investigations, with skills and knowledge in a variety of specialized areas and from many backgrounds. There are also the foundation of the investigative consultant – possessing a combination of education, training, skills and experience that sets one apart from the group in a specific investigative concentration. You have met those that have used their consultations to present a founded and provable opinion to their client; a subject matter expert (SME, often pronounced ‘SMEE’).”
< Read the full article here >
If you are a legal investigator - working cases for civil plaintiff or criminal defense, you should seriously consider joining the National Association of Legal Investigators. This is a group of seriously knowledgeable investigators, great networking and conferences. You should join your state association -- and a national association that includes your areas of specialty, NALI is for us. They are also on FB at www.facebook.com/NALIonline. Did I mention great people? www.NALI.com – Together We're Better!
Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI and Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI
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