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Environmental Forensics Testimony: What You Need to Know


Course Code: EL0406CA19

Environmental Forensics Testimony Course

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Date & Time

Days 1-3: 8:30am - 4:30pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:00am)
Day 4: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Next offering tentatively planned for Spring 2020. Registration will open when course dates are confirmed.


During this three-and-a-half day course, participants will be prepared for testimony and what to expect during deposition and trial questioning.

Day One will be a review and discussion of the basic methodology behind the science in the fields of forensic geochemistry and hydrogeology that are being used in the courtroom.

Day Two will focus on running the analytical computer programs in geochemical and hydrogeological areas that are being used currently to digest case data and prepare court-ready testimony exhibits.

Days Three and Four will consist of the instructors separating the class into two groups representing two sides in a real-life, fact- and science-driven leaking UST litigation case. The case issues will include leaded alkylate, MtBE analyses, exposure pathways, and data visualization techniques used by multiple testifying geochemistry and hydrogeology experts. In class, the instructors will review the chemical and hydrogeological data in the documentation in detail. In addition, the students will be provided with copies of the various expert reports that were actually used in the case.

Finally, one "testifying expert" selected from each side will be questioned by counsel as to how they would support the opinions put forth by the previous litigation experts. Following testimony by each side, the instructors will evaluate each side's results.

Michael J. Wade, Ph.D., Wade Research
Urs Broderick Furrer, Esq.
Jeffrey A. Johnson, Ph.D., PG


Dr. Michael J. Wade is Principal Scientist of Wade Research, Inc.TM, a small business that provides geochemical forensic services to a variety of government agencies, industrial clients, and law firms. Dr. Wade is an internationally recognized organic geochemist with 40 years of post-doctoral experience and over 49 post-baccalaureate years of strong technical and project management experience in a variety of research programs with special emphasis on study of petroleum pollution in the environment. He regularly provides expert forensic services both through deposition process as well as court testimony in the areas of environmental contamination, including assessment of sources of contamination, identification of petroleum product types and age-dating of petroleum product releases.

Urs Broderick Furrer, Esq. is a Managing Partner at Harriton & Furrer, LLP. His practice focuses on the defense of claims for property damage and the recovery of cleanup costs associated with petroleum spills at service stations, terminals and pipelines, as well as counseling clients to assist them in reducing their environmental liability. It also focuses on the representation and counseling of corporate clients in franchisee disputes under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act and in all other aspects of the petroleum industry. He also counsels clients on reducing the environmental exposure associated with the operation of retail service stations and assists clients on various commercial matters. He has been a guest lecturer at several Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association of America (SIGMA) meetings and recently published an article in The New York Environmental Lawyer entitled Pre-Emptive Measures to Reduce Environmental Exposure.

Jeffrey A. Johnson, Ph.D., P.G. is a recognized expert in groundwater flow and contaminant transport and fate. He has over 30 years of professional experience in natural resource assessment, site characterization, remedial operations, and technical analyses. He has extensive technical skills in groundwater flow, contaminant transport, and fate of both dissolved and free-phase plumes. For the past 10 years, he has worked extensively in the characterization and remediation of light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) and dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) sites. Dr. Johnson is experienced in developing characterization programs to delineate natural hydrocarbon sources, such as coal bed methane and oil seeps from anthropogenic releases. He is experienced in computer applications including analytical and numerical models, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and 3D visual imagery. He has supported numerous technical organizations, committees, and groups including American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and Remediation Technologies Development Forum (RTDF).

Continuing Education Credits

In addition to 2.3 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental forensics training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Professional Engineers: 21 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): Pending

NJ Continuing Legal Education: 27 CLEs

NY/PA Continuing Legal Education: Pending

CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): Pending

MA Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals: Pending

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On Days 1-3, continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost. On Day 4, only breakfast will be served (no lunch).

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Rutgers Continuing Education at The Atrium
Suite 101, Room 117 Sycamore
300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Administrative Assistant: Jackie Findra, 848-932-7180

Attention U.S. Veterans

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