Winston Churchill once noted, "A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen.” As incoming President of ASTC, this quote serves to remind me to keep it simple.
ASTC is over 30 years old and the field of litigation consulting has hit its 40’s. Past ASTC Presidents have done an admirable job of steering our organization’s course. From humble beginnings, the field of litigation consulting has become an increasingly accepted standard throughout the legal world.
Whether it be a high profile criminal case or civil litigation with significant potential damages, the utilization of trial consultants has continually risen. However, there is still work to be done to increase the knowledge, availability and use of our organization and our field. I see this as the unifying goal of my Presidency.
Through Pro bono initiatives, ASTC can continue to increase the awareness and accessibility of litigation consulting to those who might have thought it unattainable. By promoting our professional code, ASTC can be further recognized as the standard bearer for the profession. ASTC publications and web courses will simultaneously inform and spread the word of both our good name and the hard work of our members.
I hope for this to be a year of rejuvenation and outreach. Given the fantastic leadership team that has been assembled on our committees and Board of Directors, I have little doubt that this goal will be achieved and celebrated at our annual conference in Las Vegas in 2013.
President, American Society of Trial Consultants.