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Voir Dire: Getting the Information You Need -in the Courtroom and Before

Learn proven techniques to get the most out of the voir dire process.

Voir dire is one of the most important phases of a jury trial. However, the rules and procedures governing the jury selection process are often informal, subject to the broad discretion of the trial court, and can vary widely between jurisdictions and judges, and even different cases before the same judge. A trial lawyer's strike decisions are some of the most important strategic decisions made in any jury trial; yet, often those decisions must be made with little time for reflection and based upon vague or incomplete information. This topic will provide you with effective techniques for eliciting, organizing and intelligently using the most complete and accurate information possible through the voir dire process. Regardless of whether you represent plaintiffs or defendants, whether you are in state court or federal court, whether your case is civil or criminal, or whether you are preparing for your first jury trial or your 100th, this topic will provide practical advice for getting the most out of the voir dire process.

91 minutes
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Agenda

The Goals of Voir Dire

  • Reducing Risk Through Jury Deselection
  • Building Rapport

Preparing for Jury Selection in Your Case

  • Learning the Procedural Details
  • Arming Yourself With Case Law
  • The Pros and Cons of Supplemental Juror Questionnaires
  • Internet and Public Records Research

The Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire Process

  • Techniques for Identifying Bad Jurors
  • Techniques for Keeping the Jurors Talking
  • Techniques for Organizing the Information

The Court-Conducted Voir Dire Process

  • Submitting Effective Proposed Questions
  • Moving for Early Access to Juror Information and Other Process Enhancements

Challenges for Cause and Peremptory Challenges

  • Techniques for Discovering Bias
  • Techniques for Locking Down the Potential Jurors' Expressions of Bias
  • Techniques for the Intelligent Exercise of Peremptory Challenges

Juror Profiling: Just Tell Me Who I Want

  • Demographics
  • Case-Specific Attitudes
  • Recap of Reducing Risk Through Jury Deselection
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on September 30, 2019.

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  • ID CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Idaho State Bar for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • NM CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit.
     
  • OR CLE 1.5
     
  • Approved for 1.5 CLE credits in Oregon.
     
  • WA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Dennis P. Stolle, J.D., Ph.D.

Dennis P. Stolle, J.D., Ph.D.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

  • President of ThemeVision LLC, a trial consulting firm affiliated with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he is a partner
  • Attorney and a psychologist
  • Over the course of two decades, he combined these fields in his jury research practice
  • Selected juries in state and federal cases, both civil and criminal, in jurisdictions across the country
  • Personally interviewed thousands of mock jurors over the course of his career
  • Ph.D. and law degree, University of Nebraska
Trisha Volpe

Trisha Volpe

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

  • Attorney with Barnes & Thornburg LLP; trial consultant with ThemeVision LLC, a national practice jury research and consulting firm affiliated with Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Participated in jury selection in civil and criminal cases
  • Emmy award-winning journalist who helps clients communicate to juries effectively and persuasively
  • J.D. degree, summa cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law; B.J. degree, Carleton University
  • Can be contacted at 612-367-8712 or [email protected]
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Published 2019
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