Jury Selection in Employment Litigation: Preparing for Voir Dire, Identifying Bias, Leveraging Strikes

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide employment litigators with strategic techniques for effective jury selection. The panel will offer tips for using social media and questionnaires, weeding out jurors, dealing with tainted panels, and avoiding common mistakes during voir dire.

Description

Strategic jury selection is a key element in the outcome of trials on employment claims. Prospective jurors in employment cases usually have strong values and preconceived ideas based on their own experiences regarding the employer-employee relationship. These beliefs may impact how a juror views a case.

By using tested jury selection techniques, including questions designed to elicit jurors’ attitude towards employers, employment litigators can develop insights into potential jurors and weed out those they don’t want on the jury at trial.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses key techniques in preparing for voir dire, eliciting potential biases among prospective jurors, and selecting a jury that will be most open to support your clients’ position.

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Outline

  1. Use of themes in jury selection
  2. Effective questioning to determine biases and identify who to strike
  3. Use of juror questionnaires
  4. Dealing with a tainted jury panel
  5. Pros and cons of using of social media in jury selection

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What techniques can employment litigators use to increase the relatability of an employer by potential jurors during jury selection?
  • What types of open-ended questions elicit biases of potential jurors?
  • How can employment litigators precondition jurors to key themes in their case during voir dire?

Faculty

Gayla C. Crain
Gayla C. Crain

Of Counsel
Gray Reed & McGraw

Ms. Crain represents clients in all areas of labor and employment law. She counsels and represents public employers and...  |  Read More

Jonathan E. Clark, Esq.
Jonathan E. Clark, Esq.

Polsinelli

Mr. Clark has litigated on behalf of employers in both state and federal court, and in jurisdictions across the...  |  Read More

Emily McDonald, Ph.D.
Emily McDonald, Ph.D.

Litigation Consultant
Bloom Strategic Consulting

Dr. McDonald uses social science to identify the factors that effect and influence juror decision-making in the...  |  Read More

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