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2020 Whole Conference Member Fee: $100

2020 Whole Conference Non-Member Fee: $175



Webinars

Breaking Into the Jury and Trial Consulting Profession

Do you imagine a career in jury and trial consulting intriguing? If you envision yourself with this career but simply feel unsure on how to break into the field, this webinar is for you!

In this webinar you will learn to find where your passion and trial consulting intersect, future trends in trial consulting—and recent innovations—online focus groups, courtroom technology, media driven graphics, do you need an advanced degree to even be considered for a job in trial/jury consulting or to be successful, what the hiring consultant looks for when considering a new hire, what are the benefits of working in a firm or small group versus going solo, being an in-house consultant—the advantages and disadvantages, starting out with contract work, making a name for yourself when you have little experience, is the profession just a fad?

About the Presenters

Katherine James, ACT of Communication

Daniel Wolfe, JD, PhD, DecisionQuest, Inc.

Bliss Piverger

Faye Honig, Dubin Research & Consulting


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The Past and Future of Batson

The courts are more sensitive than ever about the use of race as a factor in jury selection. However, as the courts become more restrictive on how jury selection is conducted, it has become more difficult to discover personal experiences and attitudes in order to exercise peremptory challenges. This webinar discusses the historical value of Batson and the original Supreme Court decision, followed by a discussion of how the case law developed, along with new decisions which are changing the landscape on jury selection. The presenters discuss the mechanics of making and defending a Batson challenge. Finally, they discuss practical methods to create a jury selection plan for consultants and clients, as well as how to design questionnaires and voir dire questions to identify bias, regardless of demographic stereotypes. In order to conduct more meaningful jury selection, consultants, clients and the courts need to have a better understanding of how bias operates and how to effectively deal with this complex process in order to ensure a fairer and more just process for litigants.


About the Presenters

Richard Gabriel, President, Decision Analytics

Marilou Erb, PhD Candidate, Forensic Psychologist/AKE Incorporated


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"Lets Talk About Bull" (Sept., 2016)

This Fall, trial consulting hits bigtime TV! This webinar will review and provide talking points for ASTC members about the new CBS television show, Bull. This show portrays a fictional character,“Dr. Jason Bull,” inspired by Dr. Phil McGraw, nationally recognized TV personality “Dr. Phil,” author, and former jury consultant.

The speakers, experienced trial consultants and former ASTC Presidents Chris Dominic and Ken Broda-Bahm will compare the jury consulting practices in the show to the ASTC’s Ethical Principles, Professional Standards, and Practice Guidelines. In anticipation of considerable attention generated by this show about the field of trial consulting, the speakers will examine different ways of discussing the show with the public, legal community, and others about the field of jury consulting and the differences between fact and fiction. The webinar will include an excerpt from the show and time for Q&A and discussion with audience members about how “Hollywood” and reality differ. Current ASTC Board of Directors member Judy Rothschild will moderate the webinar.


About the Presenters

Ken Broda-Bahm, PhD, Persuasion Strategies

Chris Dominic, MA, Tsongas Litigation

Judy H. Rothschild, PhD, JHRothschild Consulting


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Garbage In, Garbage Out – Recruiting Tips to Ensure High Quality Research (Dec., 2016)

Research results are only as reliable as the data you collect to produce them. It is essential to the success of our small group research projects to recruit participants who are carefully-screened and fully-qualified so that client confidentiality is protected and the sample is accurately matched to the venue. On-line research opportunities and the proliferation of social media have made it easier to reach willing participants, but easier isn’t always better and can, sometimes, create serious problems for your projects.

 

Let’s brush-up on recruiting best practices with Charli Morris, an esteemed member of the trial consulting field, and Adam Schrager, COO of the marketing research firm Consumer Centers of New York and New Jersey. We’ll discuss best practices for recruiting from the trial consultant’s perspective and explore the benefits of partnering with a high-quality recruiter.

 

About the Presenter

Charlotte A. (Charli) Morris, Trial Consultant

Adam Schrager, COO, Consumer Centers of NJ

Alexis Knutson, Associate Trial Consultant, Tsongas Litigation Consulting


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Decoding the Code (March, 2017)

Some ethical questions do not lead to black and white answers. Is it ethical to Google jurors? What constitutes a conflict and how can conflicts be avoided? How can the sticky place between corporate counsel and outside counsel be navigated? Is it ever okay to mislead mock jurors?

The ASTC Professional Code can point you in the right direction. In this webinar, Susan Macpherson and Rosalind Greene will lead an interactive discussion of The Code. Tune in to test your knowledge of The Code and apply the principles to the ethical questions faced by trial consultants.

This webinar is being sponsored by the American Society of Trial Consultants Professional Education Committee.

About the Presenters

Susan Macpherson, Senior Litigation Consultant, NJP Litigation Consulting

Rosalind R. Greene, J.D., Trial and Jury Consultant


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Using Social Media to Grow Your Business (October, 2017)

Social media is everywhere. It’s how we stay connected, get information, and share experiences. It’s an invaluable tool to help grow your business, but it also requires time and effort. How can you get the maximum return on your social media efforts? Rewa Boldrey shares us the ins and outs of using social media effectively and efficiently in business development, and Adam Bloomberg shares some insights his firm has gained in using social media in the litigation consulting field.

About the Presenters

Rewa Boldrey

Adam Bloomberg, Litigation Insights


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Statistics in Excel (February, 2018)

This is the second webinar in a two-part series, presented by Joann Keyton, PhD, Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University and Editor of the Small Group Research journal. In Part I, Dr. Keyton presents on research methodologies that are most applicable in small group research settings. In Part II, she presents on how to run small group research-appropriate statistics using programs that most people already have, like Excel. Both of these topics are critical to being a good small group researcher and meeting some of our Professional Code Standards of Practice.

About the Presenter

Joann Keyton, PhD, Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University


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Facebook, LinkedIn,and Insta, Oh My! The Benefits and Pitfalls of Online Research on Potential Jurors (Sept., 2019)

This webinar will cover multiple aspects of conducting social and other online research on potential jurors. The presenters will discuss practical and specific issues, such as which sites to use and which are the most useful, using public record information like mortgage and arrest histories, current relevant ethics guidelines on what those conducting the research can and cannot do, how this type of information affects your jury selection and strike strategy, and what to do when a juror does not disclose information found online.

About the Presenters

Clint Townson, Jury Consultant The Focal Point

Elizabeth Patterson, Ethos Risk Services

Leslie Ellis, Director, DecisionQuest


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Social Media Research (Sept., 2019)

This webinar will cover multiple aspects of conducting social and other online research on potential jurors. The presenters will discuss practical and specific issues, such as which sites to use and which are the most useful, using public record information like mortgage and arrest histories, current relevant ethics guidelines on what those conducting the research can and cannot do, how this type of information affects your jury selection and strike strategy, and what to do when a juror does not disclose information found online.

About the Presenters

Clint Towson, The Focal Point

Leslie Ellis, Director, DecisionQuest

Elizabeth Patterson, Ethos Risk Services


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Building Your Business Through CLE Presentations (Dec., 2019)

This webinar will cover the various ways in which CLE presentations to attorneys can help diversify and grow a consultant’s business. Topics covered will include how to choose a topic, how to find places to present, and how to frame CLE presentation in terms of content versus advertisement. Lisa and Cort will discuss the topic in both the abstract as well as relate stories of triumphs and struggles in their own use of CLEs as a means of expanding business.

About the Presenters

Lisa L. DeCaro, Courtroom Performance

R. Cortlandt Heroy, DecisionQuest


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Implicit Bias in Jury Trials (2019)

In this webinar, Dr. Alexis Forbes and Dr. Will Rountree of Bonora Rountree Trial Consulting and Research explore implicit bias and its role in jury trials. Implicit bias has been the subject of research, policy initiatives, and even theoretical debates for over 40 years. They briefly summarize the operational definitions of implicit/unconscious bias in cognitive and social psychology literature, and legal scholarship.  Cognitive load, available processing resources, and motivation all play a role in the likelihood that someone will have an unconscious biased thought or opinion about a person or issue. The examination of implicit bias in the context of jury trials focuses on the biased decision-making of jurors and judges. Just in the last few years, efforts have been made by the bench and the bar to reduce the effects of implicit bias in our legal system. Dr. Forbes and Dr. Rountree will share their very recent experiences with exploring implicit bias on jury questionnaires, and how to address jurors’ potential biases in voir dire.

 

About the Presenters

Alexis Forbes, PhD, Associate Trial Consultant, Bonora Rountree Trial Consulting & Research

Will Rountree, PhD, JD, Senior Consultant, Bonora Rountree Trial Consulting & Research


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

Effective speakers are not just content experts. Effective speakers must connect with their audiences. Today’s audiences refuse to respond to boring speakers and those who won’t or can’t make a connection. This webinar gives participants ways to manage podium panic, organize their content quickly and succinctly and deliver with pizzazz. Participants will receive practical tips and tools to use immediately. Many of the tools will enhance your client meetings, too. By the way, speaking is one of the most effective and efficient ways of marketing your trial consulting practice. If you want to panic no more, bore no more and make more, this webinar is for you.

About the Presenters

Karen Susman, Karen Susman and Associates


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How To Network In Corona Virus Times: Connecting, Creating and Collaborating (Dec., 2020)

In this interactive webinar, focus on building, rebuilding, and maintaining your network to stay “top of mind.” Networking is more than adding new contacts to your bulging shoebox of business cards. What if you already have enough contacts?

In this session, learn ways to solidify your network, reach your network in old and new ways and get what you need while giving what you have.


About the Presenters

Karen Susman, Karen Susman and Associates


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Online Jury Research Webinar Series

Introduction to Zoom (2020)

This webinar will cover how to use Zoom for meetings and an intro to Zoom's capabilities for qualitative research

About the Presenters

Sarah Murray, President, Trialcraft


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Online Research 1 (2020)

This session will present demos from two providers of online jury research platforms: First Court and CiviCom. The demos will be followed by Q&A about the platforms and how they can be used to conduct online jury research.

About the Presenters

Sarah Murray, President, Trialcraft


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Click Here to view the slides from the presentation for Online Research part 1

Click Here to view the slides from Civicom's Demo

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Online Research 2 (2020)

The webinar will present a demo from Helen Knox at Cutting Edge Communications, which has a custom Qualtrics solution specifically designed for use in litigation research, for us in both live and online settings; and from David Paul of Dialsmith. As the experts in dial testing tools and services, Dialsmith has been helping trial consultants and attorneys test and refine legal arguments and presentations for more than a decade. Dialsmith has online capabilities that include full-service online dial testing integrated with online mocks and focus groups, online surveys and web- or phone-based IDIs. As with the previous demo Webinar, each provider will demo their product followed by a moderated general Q&A.

About the Presenters

Sarah Murray, President, Trialcraft


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Click Here to view the slides from CEC's Demo



Online Research 3 (2020)

This session will present demos from providers of online jury research platforms: Focus Groups of America and FocusVision. The demos will be followed by a Q&A session about the platforms and how they can be used to conduct online jury research.

About the Presenters

Sarah Murray, President, Trialcraft


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Online Research 4 (2020)

The final webinar in this series, we will take a step back from the details of execution to ask the broader question of how might we reimagine jury research in the online environment. New tools create new challenges; they also create new opportunities and can allow for asking and answering new kinds of questions. Michael Liskin, a communication scholar and expert in online education and facilitating online events, will moderate along with Sarah Murray from Trialcraft.

About the Presenters

Sarah Murray, President, Trialcraft


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Online Research 5 (October, 2020)

Eight months into the pandemic, and the world of jury trials as we knew them seems already a distant memory. Jury trials are slowly coming back in a variety of formats; jury research is as well, but the value proposition for online research has increased both as trials are increasingly using videoconferencing technology for some or all of the trial, and as the challenges of conducting face-to-face research remain significant. In this informal Webinar, trial consultants Sarah Murray and Noah Wick share recent experiences in trial, discuss best practices for virtual trials, and moderate a forum for members to share your experiences and ask questions about best practices for online trials and research.

About the Presenters

Sarah Murray, President, Trialcraft

Noah Wick, National Director, Trial Exhibits Inc.


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Click Here to view the slides from the Online Research part 5



Conference Videos

Juries and Religion (June, 2018)

American religious life is unique among Western democracies: It is unusually diverse, and it currently contains seemingly paradoxical trends toward both growing fundamentalism and increasing non-belief. Unlike other demographic characteristics (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender), jurors’ religion is generally “fair game” during voir dire. This talk will provide an overview of the legal, psychological, and practical aspects of jurors’ religion in the trial context. From a legal perspective, which aspects (if any) of a juror’s religion can be used as a basis for peremptory challenges? From a psychological perspective, which aspects (if any) of jurors’ religion predict their verdict preferences, how strong is the relationship, and to what extent does it vary as a function of variables like case type? And from a practical perspective, how can religion be measured most effectively? The talk will provide a broad overview of these questions with selected empirical data.

About the Presenter

Brian Bornstein, Professor of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of Law at UNL 


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Recent Research on Damages (June, 2018)

Damage awards require the translation of qualitative assessments of the severity of an injury into dollar awards. Yet the qualitative-to-quantitative conversion is a challenging, understudied process.  Valerie Hans describes a new “gist model” of damage award decision making, based on the core assumption that damage award judgments typically rely on the underlying meaning or gist of an injury that is translated into a corresponding dollar amount. Ms. Hans and her collaborators have conducted a number of research studies to test this model with lay participants, lawyers, and judges. They’ve used experiments to explore how our study participants move from their assessments of pain and suffering to money damage award recommendations in personal injury tort cases. Ms. Hans will report detailed findings from these experiments, which showed the power of providing anchor numbers, particularly anchors that are meaningful in the context of the case.  She will also discuss how lay participants respond to attorney guidance about how to calibrate damages. Implications for trial consulting will be discussed.

About the Presenter

Valerie Hans, Professor of Law at Cornell Law School


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The Art of Visual Communication Consulting (June, 2018)

This panel features three senior trial consultants who have provided visual communications and presentation technology consulting to trial attorneys in a multitude of venues. Adam Bloomberg, Ric Dexter and Jason Barnes have supported thousands of trials, arbitration proceedings, mock trials and other hearings. They often take on the role of a “shadow juror” or jury consultant during trial, observing and keeping counsel informed as to how things might appear to the actual panel.

This presentation offers valuable insight to visual communications professionals, presentation technologists and focus group design and mock jury research consultants. They cover the strategies and benefits of engaging graphics and technology professionals as early as the drafting of the initial complaint and throughout other pre-trial milestones like mock jury focus groups. Moderated by similarly seasoned consultant Suann Ingle, will share observations, standards and anecdotes that have proven most effective assisting counsel in the preparation for and ultimate presentation of evidence in the courtroom. 

About the Presenters

Suann Ingle, SIA Decisive Trial Design

Jason Barnes, Founding Partner, The Focal Point

Adam Bloomberg, Managing Director of Visual Communications at Litigation Insights

Ric Dexter, R-D Consulting


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2020 ASTC Virtual Conference

The video includes the following topics:

  • Conspiracy theories and conspiracy theory jurors
  • Moving litigation and litigation consulting online
  • Novel applications of trial consulting to ADR
  • Graphics for trial consultants
  • Ethics in Trial Consulting
  • Our Annual Business Meeting
  • A panel of Seasoned Trial Consultants who will share their experiences and lessons learned, and answer questions submitted by attendees

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