This essay provides an attorney’s view of working with expert witnesses preparing for and eventually testifying at trials concerning natural resources and environmental matters. Set against the backdrop of the Navajo Nation and the litigation realities it faces, the essay is an insider’s view of trial work and what the expert should expect from lawyers and the courts and what the lawyers and courts expect from the expert witness. Although the emphasis is as a practical guide for those interested in expert work, it also provides commentary on the ongoing conversation between the legal community and the history academy over the appropriateness of the legal community’s role as historians.
The Lawyer’s Guidebook for the Expert Witness in Natural Resources Litigation
Bidtah N. Becker is the Assistant Attorney General for the Natural Resources Unit of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice and a member of the Navajo Nation. She earned her JD with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law and her BSFS from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service.
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Bidtah N. Becker; The Lawyer’s Guidebook for the Expert Witness in Natural Resources Litigation. The Public Historian 1 February 2015; 37 (1): 95–104. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2015.37.1.95
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