Civil Rights Expert Witnesses
What is a civil rights expert witness?
Civil rights expert witness candidates usually have a background in criminal justice or constitutional law. Different circumstances related to violation of civil rights may require an expert with a background in education, fair housing, immigration, religion, or voting rights. In a high-profile case, the lead attorney may request a civil rights professional with prior expert witness testimony experience.
What types of cases require a civil rights expert witness?
Civil rights are designed to protect individuals from unfair treatment, primarily in the areas of education, employment, housing, and public accommodations. There are several federal laws regulating civil rights, including:
- Age Discrimination Act of 1975 – Prohibits age discrimination programs that receive federal assistance
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) – Prohibits age discrimination in the workplace
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability
- Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or nationality
- Fair Housing Act (FHA) – Prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, and disability
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Prohibits discrimination against disabled people in programs receiving federal financial assistance
- Voting Rights Act of 1965
Civil rights expert witness case examples
Representing a plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services and is frequently called upon by attorney clients to locate a specialist in discrimination cases. Example cases include:
- Title IX campus investigations,
- Sexual harassment,
- Age, sex, and disability discrimination cases
- Police brutality, excessive force, and police procedures
- Negligence and personal injury, and
- Employment and labor matters involving claims of discrimination.
What litigation support work might a civil rights expert witness be expected to perform?
Litigation support by a civil rights expert witness could include case review, research and literature review, authoring expert reports, deposition testimony, providing expert opinions, and expert testimony in court. In addition, a law firm may seek a civil rights expert for pre-litigation consulting work. It is essential that an expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the evidence.
Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a civil rights expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.
Civil Rights Expert Witness - Representative Bios
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Civil Rights experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Civil Rights landscape.