Trial Skills Journal on the Web: The Jury Expert
If you haven’t seen the November issue of The Jury Expert, you are missing out! The Jury Expert is published by the American Society of Trial Consultants and edited by Rita Handrich of Keene Trial Consulting.
The Jury Expert (TJE) is a trial skills journal–meant to improve your litigation advocacy while educating and informing you about new research, new tactics and strategies, or new ways of thinking. We think the content in The Jury Expert is novel, relevant, practical, and often challenging or thought-provoking. It’s a different perspective on improving litigation advocacy based on years of experience in witness preparation, pre-trial research, case theming, persuasion strategies and life in general.
Every issue contains an article or two from academic researchers who translate their work into plain English. These articles are commented on by ASTC-member trial consultants who further translate the work into how they would use (or not use) the research findings in the courtroom. This issue, the articles from academics cover Sex & Race in the Courtroom (how it’s changed over time) and an introductory primer (in the form of an annotated bibliography) to the specialty area of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and Guilty But Mentally Ill (GBMI). Trial consultant responses add value and relevance to these pieces.
The remainder of the articles in November’s TJE are written by trial consultants. This is your chance to hear how different trial consultants think and practice. A chance to hear how we do what we do (and why) on a variety of litigation-related topics. Visit The Jury Expert website to see the November 2009 issue with pieces on:
- Googling Jurors: Understanding what is happening and how to minimize the intrusion of the internet in your case (This piece is from Keene Trial Consulting and is conveniently hyperlinked to serve as a reference for you and to give you the best ideas about how to mitigate internet intrusion in your case.)
- Jury Research on Defense Settlements (Melissa Gomez on negotiation and settlement)
- When Jurors Nod (Stanley Brodsky & Michael Griffin acknowledge our excitement when we see jurors nodding and explore what it really means and when we should pay closest attention to nodding)
- Best Practices in Live Communication (Katherine James distills 30 years of courtroom practice and 50 years of stage acting into lessons for litigators) and
- Don’t Poke Scalia: Lessons for litigators from observing the Supreme Court (Tara Trask & Ryan Malphurs observe and offer ideas on how we can learn from missteps at the nations highest court).
We’re proud of The Jury Expert. It’s grown exponentially in the year and a half it’s been on the web. Have we mentioned it’s free? Take a look. Post comments. Download at will. You’ll be glad you did.