We may have left 2017 behind, but let’s not forget some of our favorite blogs! We wanted to take one last look back on what our readers and clients found most helpful in 2017. While some of the blogs listed below were the most read articles in the last year (but may have been published before then), others were favorites as told to us by our clients. We always appreciate your continued support and interest in our Insights; we couldn’t have made this past year so great without you.
In addition to the other practical benefits of getting an early start on your graphics, many of our clients have found that having tight, professional graphics to show the judge in pre-trial hearings carries substantial persuasive weight. In this first of two blogs, Adam Bloomberg covers a few examples of graphics that can serve to explain your claims and tell your story to a judge in pre-trial hearings.
Eye contact has the power to be inclusive, to bring observers of a discussion into the conversation. The importance of eye contact, especially for a witness, is amplified in a courtroom setting. Dr. Merrie Jo Pitera discusses why witness testimony is a two-way conversation and how such eye contact can affect a witness’ credibility.
With so many variables, ideas, and possible directions, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget. In this article, Marti Martin Robinson identifies six significant ways you can help your trial graphics team help you – and dramatically reduce your costs in the process.
While we have discussed the benefits of online juror research in a previous blog post, Dr. Christina Marinakis here examines the ethical considerations of conducting such research, based on our years of experience conducting it and our continued review of the topic. Understanding the guidelines provided will help ensure that these searches, and the information uncovered, are handled ethically and responsibly.
Apologies and contrition can be important tools in persuading jurors to listen to the defense case with an open mind. However, jurors could also have a drastically different response to a corporate defendant apologizing for past conduct and interpret the apology as fault. Dr. Jill Leibold examines how a company can respond to its missteps.
Instead of asking, “What type of people do I want on my jury?” Dr. Jill Leibold suggests asking, “Which jurors pose the greatest danger to my case?” In another loved blog of 2017, Dr. Leibold discusses why attorneys should think of it as jury de-selection and why mock trials can help create a jury profile aimed at identifying your bad jurors, without exposing your good jurors.
Clients often ask us when preparing for trial, “How long should my closing arguments last? What do the jurors need to hear again?” Robert Gerchen discusses the true purposes of closing arguments and what jurors want to hear to help you strategically plan your best arguments.
Even in trials that do not directly involve racial issues, defendants benefit from having a diverse jury. In one of our most read blogs both this year and last, Dr. Christina Marinakis details why diversity in a jury panel matters and why it’s valuable to your case. While the issue of whether race influences verdict outcome is case-specific and far more complex than can be addressed here, the bottom line is that diversity matters in every case.
While discussing potential questions attorneys might consider asking prospective jurors during voir dire, our clients often inquire, “You don’t actually ask that question in voir dire do you?” In fact, there are often surprising reasons to ask — or to avoid — certain questions. This blog discusses what you should and should not ask in voir dire.
Our clients have come to us frequently asking about a plaintiff strategy called the “Reptile Approach.” Dr. Christina Marinakis and John Wilinski, M.A. tackle the topic in this Insights Blog providing a brief general overview of the Reptile Approach and offering a few simple suggestions for defending against it.