Learn when the opportunity for statistical evidence arises, and how to best communicate such evidence at trial.
The use of statistics frequently plays a critical role in the litigation arena, from evaluating cases for your clients to resolving disputes and possibly taking a matter to trial. Lawyers often shy away from using statisticians, quite frankly because understanding this world can seem overwhelming and confusing. Real vignettes will be presented from actual case experience to better understand how statistical evidence is used in a variety of cases business litigation, class actions, personal injury, product liability, construction law, and discrimination in employment and housing. This topic will assist in determining whether you need a statistician and how best to present the statistical evidence to help you present your case in the light most favorable for your client.
Overview of Basic Statistics
• Population vs. Sample
• Experiments, Surveys, and Observational Studies
• Interval Estimates and Margin of Error
• Hypothesis Testing
Common Uses of Statistics as Evidence in a Lawsuit
• Analysis to Support or Rebut Disputed Claims
– Disparate Treatment in Employment or Housing
– Reliability and Safety of Manufactured Product
– Performance-Related Breach of Contract
• Estimating or Forecasting Exposure and Damages
– Effect of Adverse Event or Intervention
– Projection of Current Trend to Future Period
Considerations for Use and Challenge of Statistical Evidence
• Sampling, Sample Size, and Potential Biases
• Correlation vs. Causation
• Assumptions and Alternatives in Statistical Analysis
Mani Sheik, J.D., M.P.H. with Sheik Law, Duane L. Steffey, Ph.D. with Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, with
CLE (Please check the Detailed Credit Information page for states that have already been approved) ,NALA ,Additional credit may be available upon request.