On Demand Webinars

Seminars, Webinars and Workshops are listed below. Click on the headline to read the details and registration information.

Breaking Into the Jury and Trial Consulting Profession

Presented by: Katherine James, Daniel Wolfe, Bliss Piverger, Faye Honig, and Carly Stern

In this webinar, they will discuss some of the following topics: 

  • 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; and 
  • Is the profession just a fad?

 Members: Free / Non-Members: $39

Implicit Bias in Jury Trials

 Presented by: Alexis Forbes & Will Rountree, Bonora Rountree Trial Consulting and Research

In this webinar, Dr. Forbes and Dr. Rountree will 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.

 Members: Free / Non-Members: $39

Statistics in Excel

Presented by Joann Keyton, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1987) is Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University

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. 

In preparation for the webinar, please make sure you have the Excel Analysis Toolpak on your computer, which will be used by Dr. Keyton. To find out if you have the Toolpak, go to the DATA tab in the top ribbon, and look to the far right to see Data Analysis. If it’s not there, follow these steps:

1) Click the File tab, click Options and then click the Add-ins category OR if you’re using Excel 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Excel Options

2) In the Manage box, select Excel Add-ins and then click Go OR if you’re Excel for MAC, in the file menu go to Tools > Excel Add-ins

3) In the Add-ins box, check the Analysis ToolPak check box and then click OK

    - If Analysis ToolPak is not listed in the Add-Ins available box, click Browse to locate it.

   - If you are prompted that the Analysis ToolPak is not currently installed on your computer, Yes to install it.

Members: $39.00 - Non-Members: $49.00

Using Social Media to Grow Your Business

Presented by Rewa Boldrey, Independent Contractor; Adam Bloomberg, Managing Director at Litigation Insights

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 will share with us the ins and outs of using social media effectively and efficiently in business development, and Adam Bloomberg will share some insights his firm has gained in using social media in the litigation consulting field.

Members: $39.00 - Non-Members: $49.00

Keynote Address Disappearing Civil Trial (free to everyone)

Presented by Steven Susman, Esq., Susman Godfrey, LLP, Houston, TX / Executive Director, 

Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law

In 1962, juries resolved approximately 6% of all federal civil cases. Since 2005, less than one percent of federal civil cases have been resolved by use of a jury. This staggering development has ominous implications for trial consultants. In response to the trend away from juries, distinguished trial attorney, Steve Susman, created the New York University Law School Civil Jury Project, which is designed to preserve our Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury. Mr. Susman has honored ASTC by asking ASTC to join his efforts to revitalize the American civil jury. In an effort to extend Mr. Susman’s work and the goals of the NYU Law School Civil Jury Project, we have asked Mr. Susman to give the conference keynote presentation. You are encouraged to attend Mr. Susman’s keynote presentation so you can learn what truths his efforts have uncovered. Do not be surprised if you find yourself wanting to join Mr. Susman’s effort to revivify the American jury system.

2016 Conference Attendees: Free - Members: $39.00 - Non-Members: $49.00

Panel: The Disappearing Civil Trial 
Presented by Peter Rowland, Ph.D., Litigation Insights, Overland Park, KS; Richard Gabriel, Decision Analysis, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Tara Trask, CEO Tara Trask and Associates, San Francisco, CA; Bob Gerchen, Litigation Insights, St. Louis, MO 
The implication of the disappearing civil trial is indisputable: trial consultants have fewer and fewer opportunities to work. If you are committed to adapting your trial consulting practice to the changing legal landscape, this workshop is for you. Moderated by ASTC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Pete Rowland, this panel is composed of eminent trial consultants who will share with you their efforts to deal with the way that the trial consulting field has changed. As the panel members will explain, the decreased number of trials has put a strain on everyone but there are ways to improvise, adapt and overcome.

2016 Conference Attendees: Free - Members: $39.00 - Non-Members: $49.00

More Than Pretty Pictures: Integrating Graphics with Trial, Mediation, and Other Trial Consulting Services 
Presented by Chris Ritter, Esq. and Michelle Diago, The Focal Point, LLC, Oakland, CA
Most lawyers live in “Wordland”— a place inhabited by individuals who rely on precisely defined words, linear thinking, and logic. While some jurors and other decision makers also reside there, the majority do not. Instead, they rely on other tools to analyze a case, including mental images, themes, analogies, and actual graphics. This program examines a highly effective five-step process that every trial lawyer should use to create and leverage nonverbal tools. The steps include: determining what really matters; brainstorming ways to convey information; simplifying the case; using “informational architecture” to emphasize what is important; and determining what technology, if any, best conveys the message. This presentation includes examples (good, bad, and ugly) from real cases as a way of illustrating what works and what does not.

2016 Conference Attendees: Free - Members: $39.00 - Non-Members: $49.00

What an Attorney Wants From A Trial Consultant…when an attorney is not going to trial 
Presented by Bruce Stern, Esq., Stark & Stark, Lawrenceville, NJ  
Just as trial consultants feel the pinch of fewer and fewer trials, litigators are also affected. But this does not mean that litigators are not working. They just aren’t litigating. In this workshop, Bruce Stern, Treasurer of the American Association of Justice and Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America (2003-2015), talks about his work outside the courtroom and how trial consultants can be of assistance. As Mr. Stern will explain, many of the services trial consultants offer are relevant outside the courtroom and there are a few services that trial consultants could add to their skill base that would make them more relevant.

2016 Conference Attendees: Free - Members: $39.00 - Non-Members: $49.00

Decoding The Code: Applying the ASTC Professional Code to Your Practice
Presented by: Susan Macpherson, Senior Litigation Consultant and Vice President of NJP Litigation Consulting
and Rosalind R. Greene, J.D., trial and Jury consultant, University of Arizona.
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.

Members: Free - Non-Members: $39.00

"Lets Talk About Bull"
Presented by:Ken Broda-Bahm, PhD, Persuasion Strategies; Chris Dominic, MA., Tsongas Litigation Consulting; and Judy H. Rothschild, PhD, JHRothschild Consulting
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.
Members: Free - Non-Members: $39.00

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Recruiting Tips to Ensure High Quality Research
Presented by: Presented by: Adam Schrager, Officer of the Consumer Centers of NY and NJ & Charli Morris
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. Online 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. We’ll discuss best practices for recruiting from the trial consultant’s perspective and explore the benefits of partnering with a high-quality recruiter.

Members: Free - Non-Members: $39.00

STC Webinar Archive and Resource Center

Welcome to our library of past Webinars and related resources. As new Webinars are held and recorded, they will be archived here to view or revisit, along with any associated resources.

Patently Persuasive - Reaching Today's IP Jurors

May 21, 2015

ASTC proudly hosts a 1-hour Webinar with presenters Dr. Karen Lisko (a litigation consultant with Perkins Coie and Past President of the ASTC) and Dr. Kevin Boully (a litigation consultant with Persuasion Strategies and Associate Editor of The Jury Expert).

Topics include:
  • Identifying the “juror flip” in juror profiles unique to patent litigation
  • Persuading judges in effective briefs and Markman hearings
  • Comparing judges’ and jurors’ perceptions of Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) in patent litigation
  • Defining key voir dire questions for both sides in patent cases
  • Revealing a jury-tested opening statement structure that is most persuasive

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