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This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for attorneys. It may also benefit litigation support consultants and paralegals.

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This focused course allows you to gain the benefit of our speakers' combined experience so you can better understand juror behavior, fine-tune your jury selection tactics, avoid missed opportunities when questioning prospective jurors and maximize your clients' chances for a successful court ruling.  (see full course description)

 

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Voir Dire and Jury Selection - Court / Legal Seminar

Using Strategic Jury Selection to Gain an Advantage at Trial

The art of voir dire is perhaps one of the most essential trial skills you need to acquire as an attorney. Choosing the decision-makers who will determine the fate of your case gives you an opportunity to get an upper hand before the trial even begins. Are you fully equipped with all the tools needed to select the most sympathetic jury for your client? This focused course allows you to gain the benefit of our speakers' combined experience so you can better understand juror behavior, fine-tune your jury selection tactics, avoid missed opportunities when questioning prospective jurors and maximize your clients' chances for a successful court ruling. Register today!

  • Get best practices advice from a judge.
  • Better understand the rules and procedures you must follow in jury selection.
  • Refine your trial preparation with new approaches to case theme development and jury research.
  • Use precisely worded questions to weed out severely biased prospective jurors.
  • Use your opposing counsel's voir dire efforts to glean his or her trial strategy.
  • Learn how to get the prospective juror to reveal enough bias to strike for cause.
  • Improve your voir dire with effective use of social media without overstepping ethical bounds.
  • Understand common jury issues you'll face during trial and how to overcome them.
  • Protect your professional reputation with a trial ethics primer.


  1. A JUDGE'S PERSPECTIVE ON JURY SELECTION
    9:00 - 9:45, Judge A. Michael Snyder (Ret)
    1. The Role of the Judge in Voir Dire
    2. Preparation and Coordination with the Court
    3. Who Asks the Questions: Judge or Attorneys?
    4. Determining the Extent of Attorneys' Examination of Prospective Jurors
    5. Attorneys Trying the Case at Voir Dire - How Much Case Information Can You Introduce During Voir Dire?
    6. The Big DON'Ts of Voir Dire Questions
    7. Custom Jury Instructions
  2. THE LAW OF JURY SELECTION
    10:00 - 10:30, Mark S. Kardos
    1. Key Statutes and Case Law Affecting Jury Selection
    2. Local Rules and Procedures to be Aware of
    3. Grounds for Challenges for Cause
  3. HOW JURORS THINK: WHAT EVERY LITIGATOR NEEDS TO KNOW
    10:30 - 11:15, Richard K. Hohn
    1. How Jurors Learn - Structuring Your Case Theory
    2. How Jurors Perceive Attorneys - Building Rapport
    3. How Jurors Determine Credibility - Preparing Your Witnesses for Testimony
    4. How Jurors React to Different Demonstratives - Turning Exhibits/Aids into Persuasive Tools
    5. How to Address Damages - From Both a Plaintiff and Defense Perspective
    6. Preparing Effective Opening Statements, Closing Arguments and Jury Instructions
    7. How Jurors Deliberate and Make the Decision - Giving Them All the Information They Need
  4. PREPARING FOR VOIR DIRE
    11:15 - 12:00, Richard K. Hohn
    1. Developing a Case Theme for Jury Selection
    2. Researching Local Demographics
    3. Using Juror Profiles - Creating Your "Ideal Juror"
    4. Preparing your Pre-Trial Order
    5. When and How to Use Jury Consultants
      1. Assistance in Drafting the Questions
      2. Focus Groups
      3. At Jury Selection and During Trial
      4. Shadow Jury
  5. VOIR DIRE AND THE ART OF ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
    1:00 - 1:45, Jeffrey P. Wallack
    1. Who Goes First: Plaintiff or Defense? Strategy of Going First or Second
    2. Establishing Your Credibility and Building Trust
    3. Getting to Know Prospective Jurors
      1. Personality Types to Watch for and Use to Your Advantage
      2. Reading the Non-Verbals
    4. How to Conduct an Effective Group Interview
      1. Standard Questions to Always Ask
      2. Practical Tips for Question Construction
      3. Getting the Jurors Talking
      4. Simple Ways of Keeping Track of Which Juror Said What
      5. Preparing Jurors for Delicate/Unpleasant Aspects of the Case
      6. Getting Truthful Answers to Tough Questions
      7. How to Ask Questions When a Positive Answer May "Poison" the Entire Panel
      8. When to Ask Follow-Up Questions in Chambers
      9. Uncovering Biases that will Sink Your Case
    5. How and When to Object to Opposing Counsel's Questions
    6. What NOT to Do in Voir Dire
  6. JURY SELECTION STRATEGY
    1:45 - 2:30, J. Michael Farrell
    1. Identifying Whom to Strike
    2. Different Methods of Striking Jurors
    3. Peremptory Challenges - When and How to Use These Precious Few
    4. Understanding Opposing Counsel's Striking Strategy
    5. Alternate Juror Selection
  7. SOCIAL MEDIA USE AND OTHER COMPLEX JURY ISSUES
    2:45 - 3:30, Jeffrey P. Wallack
    1. Change of Venue Requests: When and How They're Used
    2. Mining Social Media for Information about Case Parties, Jurors and Witnesses
    3. Researching Private vs. Public Social Media Accounts - What's Ethical?
    4. Uncovering Juror Misconduct and What to Do About It
    5. State Statutory Efforts to Control Jury Social Media Use - Prevention and Penalties
    6. Attorney Use of Social Media at Trial
  8. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN JURY SELECTION
    3:30 - 4:30, J. Michael Farrell
    1. Respect Toward the Court, the Jurors and Opposing Counsel
    2. Candor Toward the Tribunal
    3. Avoiding Contact with Jurors
    4. Zealous Representation at Trial

Seminar Summary:

This focused course allows you to gain the benefit of our speakers' combined experience so you can better understand juror behavior, fine-tune your jury selection tactics, avoid missed opportunities when questioning prospective jurors and maximize your clients' chances for a successful court ruling.  (see full course description)

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