Countering Reptile Theory in Jury Selection: Educating, Persuading, and Overcoming Unfavorable Bias in Voir Dire
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will guide defense counsel in techniques designed to recognize and counterbalance plaintiff's "reptile" tactics when they occur during voir dire and jury selection as well as how to use jury selection to set the foundation for a successful result. The program will also discuss countering "reptile" issues that may arise with jury instructions and verdicts.
- Goals of voir dire
- Identifying "reptile" tactics during voir dire
- Identifying favorable and unfavorable biases
- Unalterable prejudice and rehabilitation
- Reptile issues in instructions and verdict forms
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How can counsel educate potential jurors?
- How can questions be phrased to make rehabilitation of negative jurors difficult?
- How can the opposing party's strategy be ascertained from voir dire?
Paul F. Devine
Boggs Avellino Lach & Boggs
Mr. Devine has thirty years’ experience in various types of litigation, in a career that has focused on insurance... | Read More
Mr. Devine has thirty years’ experience in various types of litigation, in a career that has focused on insurance defense, asbestos, automotive warranty, personal injury, contract, labor, and real estate claims; counseling and advising national real estate companies regarding regulatory issues affecting real estate brokers and agents; and drafting contracts, deeds, wills and trusts. He has appeared in Missouri, Illinois, and the US District Courts in Eastern Missouri, Western Missouri, and Southern Illinois, as well as the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri.Close
Kathryn S. (Kate) Whitlock
McAngus Goudelock & Courie
Ms. Whitlock has spent her entire career defending and counseling individuals and insurance companies in professional... | Read More
Ms. Whitlock has spent her entire career defending and counseling individuals and insurance companies in professional liability, products liability and premises liability matters. She represents those in the legal, insurance, real estate and education fields. Ms. Whitlock is highly-skilled in the courtroom and alternative dispute forum; she has tried over 100 cases to jury verdict, bench decision and final arbitrator award in state and federal courts. She has been recognized in her practice by The Best Lawyers in America© and Georgia Super Lawyers, and was named among America’s Top Lawyers by The American Law Society in 2018.Close