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The Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) offered a two-part, four-day certificate program entitled "Expert Evidence in Property Valuation Disputes," which began on 3 October 2011. The program focused on how to give effective oral and written expert testimony in tribunal and court proceedings. NERA Senior Vice President Mark Berenblut and Vice President Bradley A. Heys were invited to share their insights during the first part of the program, "The Effective Expert Witness," which took place on 3-4 October. The faculty explained a number of key issues, including, among others: what to expect in cross-examination; addressing alternate assumptions and methodologies; dealing with conflicting expert opinions; what to expect at pre-hearing meetings between experts; the rising practice of concurrent evidence or "hot-tubbing;" key components of a strong, persuasive report; and how to address alternate methods and assumptions. The second part of the program, "The Valuator as Expert Witness," was held on 31 October - 1 November.

To learn more about the Osgoode-IPTI Certificate Program, please visit the IPTI website.