A West Virginia University-Parkersburg sociology professor will speak at the Center for Womens Studies4 p.m. Fireside Chat Thursday, April 18, in the Mountainlairs Shenandoah Room.

Devika Malhotras presentation will focus on how expert witnesses in discrimination cases are chosen as well as trial procedures.

Dr. Malhotra, herself an experienced expert witness, was this years recipient of the WVU Neil S.Bucklew Award for Social Justice.

“This Fireside Chat gives us a chance to apply the information we teach in the classroom and bring a dimension of reality to our students,”she said. Additionally, she wants to encourage other faculty members to consider becoming expert witnesses.

Center for Womens Studies Director Barbara Howe, however, says this presentation is not a chance to receive free legal advice.

“Devika is not a lawyer,”Dr. Howe stressed.”We dont want people to think that theyre going to come and get legal advice. Thats very important.”

Malhotras talk is part of an annual Fireside Chat series hosted by the Center for Womens Studies. This particular presentation also is co-sponsored by the College of Business and Economics. For more information, call 304-293-2339.