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Representative Juries – Jury Selection

On March 16, 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first began to affect court proceedings, when a New York judge declared a mistrial in the case of a doctor accused of sexual abuse after the defense attorney arrived at court with COVID-like symptoms. Later the same day, New York’s Office of Court Administration issued an indefinite […]

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Client Relationships & Managing Expectations

Building a strong client relationship Seasoned trial attorneys often say the key ingredient in a good attorney-client relationship is a sense of mutual cooperation. But how do you establish that kind of relationship? Managing clients’ expectations is essential in building strong client relationships and retaining loyal clients. To establish relationships that benefit both you and […]

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Danny Kahneman on Decision Hygiene

Are juror decisions full of “NOISE,” and what can we do about it?  In his recent book co-authored with Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein, Daniel Kahneman, a famous psychologist, and economist, Emeritus Professor at Princeton University, and Nobel Prize-winning author of the highly influential Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes how Noise – the title […]

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The Impact of Juror Biases

Every law student learns about Batson v. Kentucky, the landmark 1986 U.S. Supreme Court case that held that a prosecutor cannot strike potential jurors based on race in a criminal trial.  That principle was later extended to civil litigation, with the Supreme Court saying in Edmondson v. Leesville Concrete Company that racially discriminatory criteria may […]

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Supplemental Jury Questionnaire (SJQ) George Floyd Case

  Like previously discussed in our blog, supplemental juror questionnaires (SJQs) are essential to getting the best possible jury and, in turn, winning your case. With COVID-19 continuing to ravage the United States, SJQs are becoming more widely used and accepted, even in the most conservative jurisdictions. They are being classified as an essential tool […]

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Social Media in Jury Selection: Good or Bad?

Human interaction and socializing was completely transformed in the early 2000s when social media platforms began to gain popularity. In 2005, only 5% of the US adult population used social media, 15 years later that number is now around 80%.(1) Social media has gone from being a commodity to somewhat essential in multiple facets of […]

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In-Person Vs. Virtual Trials During COVID-19

In-Person Vs. Virtual Trials in Times of COVID-19 COVID-19 has completely changed the way we do nearly everything in life. From going to the store to family gatherings, things are different. The effect of COVID-19 is especially salient in the court system. In the United States, our court system provides justice in both criminal and […]

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