Ethical and Effective Testimony

This webinar will focus on the ethics of testimony, and how to be an effective witness, whether the examiner is called as an expert or fact witness. The speakers will address:The purpose and limits of medical testimony;The importance of defense testimony, and;How to provide ethical, evidence-based testimony.
The National Protocol and National Training Standards both recommend education and specialized training for examiners on courtroom testimony, to encourage the usefulness of that testimony in criminal justice proceedings.

Presenter Information:
Jenifer Markowitz
is the Medical Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women. As Medical Advisor, Dr. Markowitz presents on a variety of forensic-related topics including medical-forensic examinations, strangulation, drug-and alcohol-facilitated sexual assault, and expert witness testimony. She also provides expert testimony, case consultation, and technical assistance; and develops training materials, resources, and publications.A forensic nurse examiner since 1995, Dr. Markowitz’s has presented and facilitated for organizations such as the National District Attorneys Association and several state prosecuting attorney associations, as well as the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Her past national activities include working with the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to develop a national protocol and training standards for Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations; with the U.S. Department of Defense to revise the military’s Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kit and corresponding documentation forms, and as an Advisory Board member for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She is the author of multiple publications, including several book chapters and the clinical text, The Color Atlas of Domestic Violence, (Mosby), and also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report. In 2004, Dr. Markowitz was the recipient of the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ (IAFN) Distinguished Fellow award. In 2011, Dr. Markowitz was elected to the IAFN’s Board of Directors, and became President in 2012.Dr. Markowitz received a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her clinical doctorate in nursing (ND) at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado and is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Adult/Adolescent).

Jennifer Gentile Long serves as the Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women. As Director, she supervises, provides, and participates in training events, resource development, case consultation and the delivery of training and technical assistance to prosecutors and allied professionals.She has worked on issues related to violence against women for more than a decade. For the past five years she has worked with civilian and military prosecutors, as well as other allied professionals, on the prosecution of violence against women and children. In addition to presenting on the topic of violence against women and children, she has authored several articles, a monograph, and a book chapter and has peer reviewed numerous publications.Ms. Long is the former Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (NCPVAW) at the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute (APRI), the research and technical assistance division of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Before her appointment as Director of the NCPVAW, she worked as a Senior Attorney at APRI/NDAA.Prior to joining APRI, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,w here she prosecuted cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and child physical and sexual abuse. She volunteered as an advocate at the Women’s Resource Center in Hamilton, Bermuda, where she provided legal service to victims of domestic violence. She also served as a child advocate where she provided legal services to victims of domestic violence. She also served as a child advocate through the Support Center for Child Advocacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Ms. Long graduated from Lehigh University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fels School of Government and is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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