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How Can I Explain How a Machine Works to a Jury?

Many attorneys have been faced with the challenge of teaching a jury how a complex machine works.  This challenge is common in intellectual property disputes, but also appears in personal injury litigation and other matters.  In cases such as these, juror comprehension can be difficult to achieve due to lack of familiarity with the subject […]

Why Are Graphics So Compelling in the Courtroom?

Stanford psychologist Amos Tversky and others have proposed that learners rely on mentally efficient strategies when evaluating new information.  It is believed these mental shortcuts allow people to make decisions quickly – a necessity in a fast-paced world – but sometimes at the cost of accuracy in decision-making1 (you can read more about how this […]

Maximizing Cause Strikes: How Do I Get Jurors to Say They Can’t be Fair?

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, eliciting bias and obtaining cause challenges should be the primary objectives of voir dire. Each juror you are able to remove for cause is essentially equivalent to having an additional peremptory strike that your opponent does not. Indeed, a successful voir dire should tilt the playing field in your […]