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… Continue reading What Will Jurors Be Like Post-Covid?

Jury Selection in the Age of Trump

If you think these 12 men were angry you should see the latest batch of jurors

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… Continue reading Jury Selection in the Age of Trump

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… Continue reading Making Jurors Understand the Bill of Rights

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… Continue reading This is Not Your Father’s Jury

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… Continue reading The Kim Kardashian Effect