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246.31 sec. 001 - Economic Expert Witnesses: Depositions and Testimony (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Matthew Cain  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2024-01-25

Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2024-01-27

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2024-01-27

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2024-01-26

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 240
On 2024-01-26

Course Start: January 25, 2024
Course End: January 27, 2024
Class Number: 32734

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 06/17 08:46 AM

This course provides students with exposure to the taking and defending of deposition and trial testimony from expert witnesses. Specifically, the class focuses on economic expert witnesses and includes common areas of examination and rebuttal, expert qualification, Daubert challenges, and appropriate scoping of expert engagements. Students will practice deposition strategies and develop lines of questioning via role-playing exercises with each other and with the instructor and experienced guest lecturers. These practice sessions will illustrate economic testimony in cases such as insider trading, shareholder class action lawsuits, and valuations. The final paper is a practice-oriented writing assignment.

Note: students who take this class are not precluded from taking Depositions in later semesters.

The instructor, Dr. Matthew D. Cain is a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, University of California. He has provided economic analysis, consulting, and expert witness testimony on behalf of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other clients, including during investigations, settlement negotiations, and trials. He has experience in a variety of topic areas, including in cases alleging insider trading, foreign bribery, accounting fraud, investment advisor cherry-picking, mutual fund conflicts and violations, disclosure violations, improper valuations, and broker-dealer conflicts.

Dr. Cain spent several years working at the SEC, where he served as an advisor to Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr. He also worked as a Financial Economist in the Office of Litigation Economics, part of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. Prior to working with the SEC, Dr. Cain was an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University, and prior to academia he worked as a capital markets analyst, assisting companies with capital raisings in relation to M&A and other corporate purposes.

We also have special academic rules for these condensed courses:
-Students must attend each course session and cannot attend any course session remotely (even for illness or emergency situations).
-The Registrar’s Office will drop a student who does not attend each course session.

Due to the condensed nature of this course, in-person attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absences cannot be excused for any reason, including illness or emergencies. The Registrar’s Office will drop any student who misses a session.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Business Law

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