Eyewitness testimony is powerful and, too often, wrong. This program, taught by Russo & Toner Managing Attorney Florina Altshiler, addresses the many factors that contribute to the failure of eyewitness memory and addresses techniques that attorneys may employ in the cross examination of adverse witnesses. The course will begin with a case study from May 2015 wherein a man with a hammer was shot by police in the middle of the day, on a crowded NYC street. There were many eyewitnesses to the incident. Almost all of the witness reports were inaccurate. Several people reported that the police officers shot an unarmed man while he was on the ground and handcuffed, but surveillance video of the incident documented that the suspect attacked one of the officers with a hammer before that officer's partner shot the man.
The questions for attorneys include the following: Why is eyewitness memory flawed? How can attorneys use psychology to explore and explain issues common to eyewitness testimony throughout trial? This program explores the neuroscience and the psychology of memory, and techniques specific to addressing these issues at trial, starting with jury selection. In particular, the program will pay attention to witnesses that present difficult issues, including children, the elderly, and victims of sexual assault.
Florina Altshiler is a litigation attorney specializing in labor law and premise liability matters. Her practice also includes medical malpractice and general negligence law. Previously, Ms. Altshiler worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Alaska where she handled the prosecution of the highest-level felonies including homicides, sexual assaults and violent felonies through jury trial. She has prosecuted over twenty cases through jury verdict. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Ms. Altshiler honed her litigation skills at nationally recognized law firms in New York City for seven years. She has significant experience in the areas of complex medical malpractice, premises liability and construction accident litigation.
Ms. Altshiler is the managing attorney for the firm’s Buffalo, NY office.
Good program. I would have liked to have heard about unintentional ID errors made by a judge in a bench trial.
Excellent, just excellent all around
very good presenter
Eye opening very worthwhile
excellent CLE. one of the best.
very in depth information. Loved it
Presenter gave me a lot to think about. I see why eyewitness observations are not considered the most reliable evidence.
Outstanding use of technology to make a point.
Excellent instructor. Great examples and content. Best CLE I've taken this year.
Very informative presentation.
Very good videos to provide concrete examples of issues.
I really enjoyed this course. I have taken another course presented by this instructor, and very much appreciate her personable, down-to-earth, knowledgeable lecture style and low-key sense of humor. The inclusion of videos and "observation tests" in the course materials was engaging and fun.
Excellent presentation of a fascinating subject. Would make a great paring with Gladwell's "Free Brian Williams" podcast on similar memory issues.
Very helpful content that was easy to digest and understand.
Nice participatory element.
One of the best courses I have taken.
Super presentation, clear and useful.
Exceptionally strong presentation by a very gifted attorney.
I liked this one and her use of videos to demonstrate the points she was making.
I was quite impressed with the quality of the presentation.
Fascinating. Excellent presentation
Enjoyed the course.
Excellent engaging presenter
Excellent exercises were included in the presentation that really drove home the points being made. Nice to have an interactive lecture.
Interesting and informative.
Very interesting and informative.
Excellent program. Video illustrations were very helpful.
presenter has great speaker voice, great appropriate emotion to keep the program flowing and not boring..
Excellent speaker - knowledgeable, direct, relayed information in a concise manner with voice inflection. Will definitely look for this speaker again! Thank you.
Top notch cle. Clear, concise, accessible. What about the player who left the stage? :)
Very interesting as to human nature
Excellent and helpful information for trial attorneys.
super animated and kept it all interesting.
Excellent presentation; good use of slides; good resources provided.
outstanding, would taken course that the taught!
Ms. Altshiler is an excellent presenter.
Very good program.
Really good interactive tests to illustrate the instructor's points.
The speaker was quite good.
excellent presentation and visual depiction were useful
clear presentation with good examples.
Perhaps the best Lawline seminar I have ever watched.
One of the most useful courses I have taken on Lawline.
Loved the videos, especially the "gorilla/curtain" example!
Surprised how good was the course.
Very good presentation, examples, and explanation of problem and ideas for addressing it. I saw the original gorilla video a few years ago but still missed the curtain color change and player leaving. The penny example was very good, too.
Very informative, extremely useful, stunning — both substantively described live and via materials. Efficient, effective, pleasant delivery. Excellent all the way around! A+
Great info packed into one hour
Great class. Informative and interesting.
Found this to be fascinating - not my normal area of practice but very interesting.
Very well presented ans an excellent review of numerous topics in a limited period of time. Highly recommend this course.
Outstanding presentation by a very knowledgeable instructor
The Psychology was very helpful.
Best course I’ve taken, by far, at Lawline. Professional, prepared, relatable, and engaging materials. The use of videos was top-notch. I’ll take anything this presenter offers!
This instructor was excellent!
Very interesting, speaker is engaging.
Loved gorilla video
Great instructor and materials. Engaging.