Don't Speculate: Find Out What Juries and Judges are Thinking
Persuading juries is a challenge that leaves no room for error or guesswork. This focused program is designed to enhance your practice by applying jury theories to practice. Explore how you can win your trial at jury selection, read your audience and successfully reach through to them at every key step of the trial process. Get one step closer to mastering the art of jury and judge persuasion - register today!
- Hear from the bench: examine top mistakes other attorneys make and learn how to avoid them!
- Build the most advantageous jury by asking the right questions and weeding out unfavorable parties.
- Study how to successfully reach jurors with different learning styles and needs.
- Discover how to present to your audience at the right level - not too high, not too low.
- Learn how to effectively get juries to see damages from your perspective.
- Examine how jurors judge fact witnesses and experts and apply those theories to witness preparation, depositions and examination.
- Jury Selection/Voir Dire: Building a Favorable Jury Composition
9:00 - 10:00, Written by Franz Borghardt
Presented by Dorothy L. Tarver in New Orleans and Franz Borghardt in Baton Rouge
- The Voir Dire Process - A Practical Walkthrough
- Performing Jury Research
- Introducing Case Information: Do's and Don'ts
- Inquiring About General and Case-Specific Prejudices
- Strategies for Getting to Potential Jurors' Core Beliefs
- Distinguishing Juror "Types" and Reading Your Jury's Verbal and Nonverbal Cues
- Mechanics of Note Taking and Question Outlines During Voir Dire
- How to Plant Favorable Perspectives (and Avoid Unfavorable)
- Jurors to Prefer vs. Those You Should Strike
- Effective Questions to Ask in Voir Dire: Damages, Liability and More
- Opening Statements and Closing Arguments: Creative Tactics for Reaching the Jury
10:15 - 11:15, Written by Dorothy L. Tarver
Presented by Dorothy L. Tarver in New Orleans and Benjamin P. Mouton in Baton Rouge
- A Judge's Perspective: How (and How Not) to Win Over Your Judge and Jury
11:15 - 12:15, Written by Hon. Regina H. Woods and Hon. Timothy E. Kelly
Presented by Hon. Regina H. Woods in New Orleans and Hon. Timothy E. Kelly in Baton Rouge
- Voir Dire - Getting the Judge to Ask Your Question
- Jury Selection and Communications - Top Mistakes Attorneys Make
- Litigation Tactics That Will Make You Lose the Judge's and Jurors' Respect
- Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Lay and Expert Witness Examination
- When and How to Request Special Jury Instructions
- How to Build and Attack Witness Credibility
1:15 - 2:15, Written by Benjamin P. Mouton
Presented by Andrew L. Kramer in New Orleans and Benjamin P. Mouton in Baton Rouge
- How Jurors Judge Fact Witnesses and Experts
- Effective Use of Deposition Testimony at Trial
- Direct Examination: Maximizing the Likeability and Credibility of the Witness
- Cross-Examination: Effective Tactics That Won't Make You Lose Rapport with the Jury
- Questions/Practices to Avoid and Key Objections to Keep in Mind
- How to Effectively Communicate Damages to the Jury
2:30 - 3:30, Written by Sharonda R. Williams
Presented by Sharonda R. Williams in New Orleans and Benjamin P. Mouton in Baton Rouge
- How Jurors Calculate Damages and Make Damage Decisions
- Give the Jury a Figure or Let Them Decide?
- How to Effectively Ask the Jury to Award Damages
- How to Make Future Damages Tangible
- Characterizing Losses and Harms in Measurements of Time
- Minimizing Damages: Appealing to Jurors' Built-in Skepticism
- Key Jury Instructions to Review with Every Jury
- Legal Ethics: Guidelines for Investigating and Communicating with Jurors
3:30 - 4:30, Written by Andrew L. Kramer
Presented by Andrew L. Kramer in New Orleans and Franz Borghardt in Baton Rouge
- Obtaining Social Media Information on Jurors
- How to Deal with Juror Misconduct
- Responding to Jurors' Questions During Voir Dire and Trial
- Post-Trial Juror Interviews
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for attorneys. It may also benefit litigation support consultants and paralegals.