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Litigation

What Will Jurors Be Like Post-Covid?

Over the last few days or so, I have seen that lawyers, judges and clients alike are starting to wake up out of their covid-comas and are thinking about getting back to normality – whatever that was – heck, let’s just call it the pre-covid days. More courts are scheduling video or phone conferences; lawyers […]

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Constitutional Law

Jury Selection in the Age of Trump

Judges often tell jurors that the word “verdict” comes from the Latin words for “speaking the truth” and that a trial is therefore a search for the truth. But what happens when you try a case in this “post-truth” world we live in? How do you address facts and evidence with folks who believe there […]

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Constitutional Law Litigation

Making Jurors Understand the Bill of Rights

On this the 224th Anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, I was thinking about what to write about the document that defines our country as much as the Constitution does. It such a grand document covering so many broad issues I was thinking about to narrow my focus. Originally I thought about […]

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Constitutional Law Litigation

This is Not Your Father’s Jury

Back when I was a young lawyer just starting to try cases for the Manhattan Trial Unit of the NYC Law Department, I got a quick introduction in selecting jurors about 15 minutes before I picked my first jury. Though it was over 25 years ago, I can hear the speech from the wizened old […]

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General

The Kim Kardashian Effect

OK, what could Kim Kardashian possibly effect that would be worthy of a post on a law-themed blog? Nothing really, but she is among the most searched names on the internet and one of the Top 5 “tags” that drives viewers to websites, so I figured why not get some traffic to the blog by […]