It's Deja Vu All Over Again:
More Thoughts on Doing Effective Voir Dire
An experienced trial consultant reviews the wisdom on voir dire strategies and discusses 'common jury selection mistakes' garnered from experiences and interviews with jurors after trial. This article is full of ideas for questions you can use and heavy on how-to's as you prepare to upgrade your voir dire practices in 2011.
Trial Graphics on the Cheap - 8 Useful Tips
Wondering how to keep jurors interested while presenting your case on a budget? An experienced visual graphics trial consultant shares 8 tips for making cost-effective and media-rich presentations for jurors in your case.
Does Bifurcation Eliminate the Problem?
A Closer Look at Hindsight Bias in the Courtroom
Hindsight bias is a widespread and often unavoidable human fallacy. Relative to foresight observers, those with knowledge of the outcome of an action (e.g. in hindsight) believe that the given outcome has a much higher likelihood of happening. Hindsight bias plays a crucial role in civil trials, in which the defendant is often disadvantaged because jurors know the negative outcome of the defendant's behavior and are thus more likely to think he should have known about the risks associated with his behavior.
Bifurcation (separate liability and damages phases) is proposed as a way to reduce or eliminate hindsight bias in the courtroom. The question though, is does bifurcation eliminate or reduce hindsight bias?
The Influence of Jurors' Perceptions of Attorneys and Their Performance on Verdict
The purpose of the present research is to examine whether jurors' perceptions of attorneys and their performance influences verdicts. Five hundred seventy-two jurors (365 criminal, 205 civil, and 2 unidentified trial types) completed surveys rating Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense attorneys on seven aspects of the attorneys and their performance--opening statements, evidence presentation, closing statements, courtroom demeanor, sincerity, competence, and preparedness--that may influence verdicts. In general, jurors' perceptions were related to their verdicts.
Eat the Rich: Juror Questionnaires for White Collar Cases
Two issues ago, Diane Wiley gave us a SJQ for Middle Eastern clients (or those who might be or might appear to be). She's back. This time with a SJQ for white collar cases. Read about her experiences over the years and what she sees as the primary issues. Review strategies for getting your SJQ approved and identify a resource to help with a quick listing of what jurisdictions have allowed SJQs. And then, page through a SJQ specifically designed for those white collar cases.
January 2011's Favorite Thing
Something to warm your heart. A gift that keeps on giving. From us. To you. Don't miss this one!
How to Pack Like a Pro
Tired of wasting time at baggage claim? Want to have what you need to travel for work, look your best and never check a bag again? Take a few tips from a frequent flyer and 'professional packer' and try it out for yourself.
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