What are the Benefits of Having Diversity in a Jury Panel?

It’s well known that race-based peremptory challenges are constitutionally prohibited by the Equal Protection Clause, but we often have clients ask us about the importance of the racial composition of a jury. While the issue of whether race influences verdict outcome is case-specific and far more complex than can be addressed here, the bottom line […]

Mock Trial Versus Deliberation Group: What is the Difference?

When most clients call us, they know whether they want a mock trial versus a focus group design. But within the Mock Trial family is another design called a Deliberation Group. Both are deductive, verdict-driven tests. Both provide juror deliberations. But what is the difference between these two designs and when do you select one […]

How do I Avoid Poisoning the Jury Pool?

Vulnerabilities. Landmines. Weasels. Bad facts. Stuff that can make the case go very, very bad. Every case has them – facets of the case that don’t look good for your client. If everything in the evidence were lined up in your client’s favor, would you be going to trial? Because every case has issues that […]