How To Present Yourself In Court To Be Optimally Likable and Persuasive
Katherine James on practical strategies to use so that when you present yourself in court--you are at your best: optimally likable and persuasive. Multiple tools are presented in detail [and reasons to try them explained]. Practice, practice, practice!
Political Attack Ads: Lessons Learned
Bill Grimes considers a few of the attack ads we saw in the November, 2010 elections and wonders what we can learn from them to employ in litigation advocacy. Actual example ads are linked in the event you missed them!
Police Deception during Interrogation and Its Surprising Influence on Jurors' Perceptions of Confession Evidence
Krista Forrest and William D. Woody review the literature on police deception in interrogation and review a recent study of juror perceptions and decisions in cases involving confessions and police deception. Two experienced trial consultants respond with reactions based on years of experience in this area.
Accentuate Your Argument and Increase Your Persuasive Power with a Hyperlinked Brief
It's almost 2011. Here's a way to bring your legal briefs into the 21st century by using the electronic case filing (ECF) system. Christine Falcicchio and Dan Wolfe (attorneys and trial consultants) describe how to file your brief electronically and with live links to both accentuate your argument and increase your persuasive power. (And make the judges life easier.)
Do We Need Einsteins in the Jury Box? The Role and Impact of Juror IQ
Alison Bennett examines the importance and impact of jurors overall intellectual function. Do we need Einstein's in the jury box? Is the concept of a 'sound mind' related to juror IQ? The importance of assessing juror IQ as a basis for challenge for cause or the use of a peremptory strike.
The Psychology of Voir Dire
Matthew Ferrara presents a psychological approach to voir dire--taking you through the steps to crafting questions for potential jurors and identifying possible theories they may have about your case.
What the literature tells us about the jury foreperson
Traci Feller reviews the literature on the jury foreperson and examines what we know about the impact of the juror filling this role. An experienced trial consultant then responds to the literature with what she knows from every day practice.
Favorite Thing for November 2010
Comments on this issue and a request to send your "content wishes" for 2011 to us. We want to write what you want to read.