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Learn with the ASTC

In addition to our Annual Conference, the ASTC coordinates and provides access to speaking engagements, workshops, and webinars focused on gaining insight for our profession and providing an educational conduit for our member base. 

Public trust in American institutions has been declining for decades. The purpose of this white paper is to briefly review trends in trust reduction related to the justice system institutions—law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and Congress—and to present new survey research on Americans’ views on the justice system, the significant drop in the public’s confidence in the system, and potential reforms that might restore that trust and confidence in these important institutions.

Projects and Reports

The ASTC Peremptory Challenges Task Force is engaged in research and dialogue with courts across the country to address discriminatory practices that decrease the representativeness and diversity of juries, but opposes eliminating peremptory challenges as a solution. The Task Force’s position paper outlines the history and issues with peremptory challenges, and proposes more effective jury selection practices that will improve the jury selection process, expand outreach to the venire, increase juror participation, improve juror experience, and ensure the appropriate use of challenges for cause and peremptory challenges.

At the behest of the late Steve Susman, ASTC formed a team to collaborate with academics and legal professionals on a significant, multi-year initiative, The Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law, aimed at examining the evolving role and diminishing frequency of jury trials in the civil justice system. This project, through a survey conducted by ASTC members, seeks to understand attorneys' experiences and perceptions regarding the decline of jury trials, exploring potential innovations and solutions to revitalize this foundational aspect of the legal process. ASTC would like to recognize the following who participated in the project: Charlotte Morris (project leader), Tara Trask, David Barnard, Jeffrey Frederick, Pete Rowland, Susan Macpherson, with special thanks to Steve Susman and Richard Jolly.

Projects and Reports

Upcoming Events

  • 2024 ASTC Conference - Schedule Only
    2024 ASTC Conference - Schedule Only
    Thu, May 30
    Yours Truly Hotel
    May 30, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT – Jun 01, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT
    Yours Truly Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
    May 30, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT – Jun 01, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT
    Yours Truly Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
  • First Friday Connection (Monthly)
    First Friday Connection (Monthly)
    Fri, May 03
    Virtual Networking Event
    May 03, 2024, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
    Virtual Networking Event
    May 03, 2024, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
    Virtual Networking Event
    Would you like to seek advice regarding current best practices among consultants? Want to learn the latest pulse or trends in the trial consulting community? Or do you simply want to engage with other members of the ASTC? If so, please drop in and say "hi" during our monthly First Friday Connection!
  • Webinar: Using AI in Qualitative Analysis
    Webinar: Using AI in Qualitative Analysis
    Thu, May 02
    Webinar
    May 02, 2024, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PDT
    Webinar
    May 02, 2024, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PDT
    Webinar
  • Using AI in Qualitative Analysis (May 2024)

  • AI and Trial Consulting (April 2024)

  • Mastering Collaborative Success with Mock Trial Recruiting and Venue Partners - Part 2 (January 2024)

  • Mastering Collaborative Success with Mock Trial Recruiting and Venue Partners - Part 1 (November 2023)

  • Civil Mock Jury Selection Workshop (June 2023)

  • How a Profiler Picks a Jury (April 2023)

  • Criminal Mock Jury Selection Webinar (March 2023)

  • Financial Management Webinar (November 2022)

  • Online Qualitative Research Webinar (February 2021)

  • How to Network in Corona Virus Times: Connecting, Creating, and Collaborating (December 2020)

  • Presentation Skills: Confidence, Content, and Connection (March 2020)

Other Resources

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