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Top Ten Blog Insights from 2016

With just a few days left in 2016 we wanted to take one last look back on what made 2016 a great year for us and what our readers and clients found most helpful. The blogs from Litigation Insights listed below were the most read articles in 2016.  As we look back to what our […]

What Is the Best Way to Defend a Batson Challenge?

In a previous blog, we discussed key points for making a Batson challenge, but what do you do when circumstances are reversed?  In most cases, these challenges are made in an effort to disrupt a successful voir dire or to rattle an opponent before opening statements.  Stay calm; with a little organization and good note […]

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 […]

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 […]