Category Archives: Discipline

Do “expert” panels need expert witnesses?

Since one or more members of any professional discipline hearing panel are typically members of that profession, one might ask why such an “expert” panel must hear at all from colleagues about professional standards they already know. Since Panelists are…

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When is someone an expert?

Lawyers who must prove professional standards through expert witnesses tend to gravitate towards the most senior, credentialed and respected members of the profession they can retain, preferably with much experience in giving expert testimony. But what if an experienced expert…

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Can respondents act as their own experts?

Respondents in discipline hearings may sometimes attempt to act given their own “expert” evidence about the professional standards that apply to them. This does not mean, however, that hearing panels need accept them as experts, whatever their experience. While administrative…

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