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What Should I Include in a Mini-Opening? How to Increase Cause Strikes and Save Your Best Jurors

In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire.  In fact, California courts now require judges to “allow a brief opening statement by counsel for each party prior to the commencement of the oral questioning phase of […]

What Do Jury Consulting Services Cost when on a Budget?

Think your case is too small for a jury consultant? Think again. There are jury consulting services available for every budget. While the cost estimates vary by case and jurisdiction, the discrete services described below are generally listed from least expensive to most expensive, starting at just over a thousand dollars. Speak with one of […]

How Important Is Attorney Etiquette in the Courtroom?

“All the world’s a stage,” as they say; and apparently, that includes the courtroom. From my countless post-trial interviews with jurors, I’ve come to the conclusion that jurors are always watching you – not just to see if you’re a good lawyer, but to see if you’re a good person. Thus, it is important for […]

How to Make Sure Your Expert Witness Isn’t a Lemon

We once had a client come to us with an expert witness who needed some serious prep work.  He was a great guy, very approachable, and extremely knowledgeable about his industry.  As it turned out, however, he had major problems with short-term memory and would buckle under cross because he couldn’t remember basic details related to the […]

What Should I Do When My Witness Wants to Outsmart Opposing Counsel?

In my career, I have never seen jurors give a witness in a mock trial as low an evaluation score (1.3 out of 7) as one witness we encountered named Tim.  In fact, one of my fellow consultants on the project confessed, “I once worked on a case that involved [an accused] child molester.  The […]

8 Tips For Preparing On-Site Trial Support Budgets

While a variety of factors are up in the air during trial that can boost costs, that won’t stop most clients from asking counsel to forecast their budgets. It’s a reasonable request, but not always an easy one to fulfill. When it comes to outside costs, trial graphics and on-site trial support are two areas where budgets are […]

New Media’s Impact, Part III: Tweaking Your Graphics for the Modern Juror

Parts I and II of this series explained how and why jurors’ communication styles – and, accordingly, their responses to trial graphics – are changing with the influx of new media.  Now we’ll tell you what you can do about it. By sticking to the fundamentals and making tweaks with the modern juror in mind, […]

New Media’s Impact, Part II: Trial Graphic Foundations

Laying the Foundations of Your Trial Graphics In Part I, we told you how jurors are changing and the challenges these changes present. So let’s begin Part II with some examples of new media developments that help explain why jurors expect more from your visual presentations. Then, before we get ahead of ourselves, we’ll do […]

Defending Personal Injury Cases with Engaging Graphics

When defending personal injury cases, countering the plaintiff’s arguments of harm and causation is often complicated by the need to teach jurors complex case facts, science, and unfamiliar terminology – all while showing grisly exhibits and dealing with a potentially sympathetic jury. There are plenty of hurdles to clear: How do you help the jury […]

Defending Premises Liability Cases with Video Surveillance Footage

While you can’t bank your whole case on a short video clip, the presence of “hard” video evidence jurors can see with their own eyes is much more persuasive than being told what happened.  (Especially when they’re being told by two different lawyers or experts with opposing motives and viewpoints.) To that extent, jurors really […]

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