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Training for those testifying for a Financial Institution

  • 1.  Training for those testifying for a Financial Institution

    Posted Mar 10, 2020 01:05 PM
    Hello!  I have a question from one of our managers on guidance regarding testifying for a Financial Institution. We usually do our training by shadowing, though I'm interested to see if there's any other training programs that we might be able to obtain that provides training for financial institution employees on testifying in court.  Is anyone aware of anything off the shelf or good providers who can provide training for staff that will be testifying on behalf of the credit union?

    Thank you!

    Jeff

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    Jeff Fetterman CIE
    Learning/Development Manager
    PSECU
    Harrisburg PA
    717.234.8484
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  • 2.  RE: Training for those testifying for a Financial Institution

    Posted Mar 11, 2020 05:48 AM

    Hi Jeff,

     

    CUES member and board member Kim Sponem talks in this Governance+ video (use your Unlimited+ membership login to access) about her preparations for testifying before Congress. Of course, this is a little different from testifying in court, but I thought it might still have some helpful tips for your team member.

     

    I'm going to check with an attorney source to see if he does this kind of coaching or knows someone who does. I'll post again if I get a good lead from that inquiry.

     

    Thanks!

     

    Warm regards,

    Lisa

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  • 3.  RE: Training for those testifying for a Financial Institution

    Posted Mar 11, 2020 06:21 AM
    Hello Jeff

    In my previous career as a practicing CPA I participated in depositions and testified as an expert witness. I am not aware of any off the shelf training resources but would caution you before putting any of those into place. Your witness could be questioned as to if they have taken any courses such as this and, if they had, the opposing counsel could try to paint your witness as being less trustworthy and appear more as a trained actor. I was asked specifically about this in one of my depositions. I would advise you to reach out to your credit union's attorney as a resource on preparing your staff to testify. They always do a great job in serving their clients and letting them know what to expect and what to watch out for. Also nothing at all wrong with your staff receiving advise from your counsel as that is a part of their normal service to your credit union. Biggest thing is to keep them on point with just giving direct answers to direct questions.

    Best,

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    Michael Gampp
    SVP/Chief Risk Officer
    Corporate One FCU
    Columbus OH
    614.816.2671
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  • 4.  RE: Training for those testifying for a Financial Institution

    Posted Mar 11, 2020 06:26 AM

    Hi again,

    Here's what my source, Michael S. Edwards, Attorney-at-Law, www.creditunionslaw.com, added to the conversation:

     

    Normally a credit union's lawyer would have a preparatory session with the witness to train him or her on how to testify, but there are some courses available to train law enforcement officers on how to testify effectively in court.

    Here is an article on being a witness by the Maryland State Bar Association: https://www.msba.org/being-a-witness/

    Here is a link to an online law enforcement court testimony training course (there are others too): 

    https://lawenforcementlearning.com/course/courtroom-testimony-preparation-and-credibility/

    I think Michael Gampp's point about the possibility of a witness being asked if they took a training is super interesting, too.

     

    Warm regards,

    Lisa

     

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    Senior Editor

    lisa@cues.org

    608.288.5317

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  • 5.  RE: Training for those testifying for a Financial Institution

    Posted Mar 18, 2020 10:07 AM
    Thank you for your comments and input!  I appreciate it!

    Jeff

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    Jeff Fetterman CIE
    Learning/Development Manager
    PSECU
    Harrisburg PA
    717.234.8484
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