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Schools not Slavery for Haitian Children

In this season of goodwill and generosity, Litigation Insights is proud to support Schools Not Slavery, whose work has changed the lives of thousands of Haitian children and their families. A Beyond Borders project, Schools Not Slavery came to our attention through our founding partner, Dr. Pete Rowland, who visited Haiti in 2013 and saw […]

What is the Best Way to Raise a Batson Challenge?

Few things fluster lawyers during voir dire like a Batson challenge.  If the prospect of justifying your strikes on the record makes you uneasy, you aren’t alone.  We’ve seen competent lawyers in the midst of a successful voir dire easily thrown off track when the opposing party challenges their method for exercising peremptories.  Next month’s […]

Out-of-Town Attorneys Vs Local Attorneys: Accents, Impact, and More

Our shadow jurors sat in an East Coast courtroom listening to opening statements about “Earl.”  Earl was a bad person, they thought:  He had polluted the groundwater and now the public was in danger.  We convened as a group at lunch that first day of trial, and our shadow jurors confessed that they had been […]

Litigation Insights: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

As the holidays approach us, employees at Litigation Insights take time to remember all that we are thankful for, and all the ways we can support, and give back to our community.  As a team, we have worked together to volunteer and donate to many wonderful, local organizations that benefit Kansas City.   In this […]

Developing a Reliable Mock Trial: Critical Factors You Must Consider

It is easy to put on a mock trial.  But what isn’t as easy is paying attention to, and properly implementing, the many factors that could skew the mock trial feedback you paid a lot of money to obtain.  There is nothing worse than conducting a mock trial and have unbalanced presentations or unevenly matched […]

What are the Best Types of Clothes for Lawyers to Wear in the Courtroom?

Everyone wants to look their best when standing before a group of people, and lawyers are no exception. At trial, counsel is going to be getting up before the same group of people (the judge and jury) day after day and, understandably, wants to make a good impression. And effective impression management is important as […]

Understanding Jurors’ Healthcare Attitudes When Preparing for Trial

Litigation in the healthcare industry is growing, not only in the number of cases, but in its scope, frequency and stakes. Interestingly, many of the same types of healthcare cases have existed for decades. What has changed most is the scale – namely, increasing class-action certifications – which has caused settlement costs to skyrocket for […]

How to Make Video Depositions More Engaging For Jurors

Let’s be honest. Video testimony is notoriously boring. But because it’s so commonplace in trial, and can be a source of crucial evidence, you don’t have the luxury of allowing your jury to nod off. Moreover, you can’t ask a videotape to repeat itself, clarify an answer – or to please stop mumbling; you only […]

Is there Juror Bias Against Female Attorneys?

Gender bias is often outside of conscious awareness and is implicit, meaning that it can occur in stark contrast to one’s consciously held explicit beliefs. Banaji & Greenwald (2002) posited that such social behavior is not completely under our conscious control but, rather, is driven by learned stereotypes that operate automatically or unconsciously when we […]

How to Choose the Right Lawyer For You

Those who work in the legal profession can sometimes forget just how foreign this environment can be for the vast majority of people. And if one has to enter the legal world because of a personal need for assistance, or because finding legal representation for their employer is part of their job, the task can […]

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