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Jury Selection When Race, Gender, Ethnicity Are Relevant: Tools and Strategies for Getting Jurors to Reveal Biases

Uncovering Attitudes on Sensitive Issues Without Necessarily Naming Them Directly

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 (in 11 days)

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE webinar will offer guidance to counsel trying cases where race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or other similar characteristics are a key issue. The panel will suggest ways to deal with sensitive issues during voir dire and how to identify and "de-select" jurors who could be biased against counsel's case.


In some cases, race, gender, ethnicity, or other traits are important aspects of the case, but it can be difficult to discuss these topics with potential jurors in public. It can be even more uncomfortable trying to get jurors to self-identify negatively perceived views or to admit to harboring certain biases. Counsel will need to develop strategies and tools to uncover biases without necessarily naming them directly.

Counsel will need to identify those attitudes or values that make jurors unreceptive to the position counsel wishes to take and then help jurors feel comfortable enough to divulge them. That requires creating an atmosphere where jurors feel comfortable talking as well as framing questions in a way that gets jurors to disclose their views.

Once the jury is selected, the issues do not disappear, and counsel needs practical tools to continue to address them throughout the trial.

Listen as this experienced panel of trial experts discusses jury selection strategies in cases where race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or other similar characteristics are a key issue.



  1. Creating an open, comfortable atmosphere
  2. Identifying biases of concern
  3. Developing lines of questioning that reveal biases
  4. Uncovering possible unconscious bias
  5. Strategies for specific issues


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • When might race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or immigration status be key factors in the evidence at trial?
  • How can counsel help jurors reveal biases?
  • Can questionnaires be useful in revealing biases?


Hanker, Kelly
Kelly Hanker

Trial Lawyers for Justice

Ms. Hanker is a trial attorney known for increasing the value of cases across the country, including catastrophic and...  |  Read More

Jones, Harry
Harry D. Jones


For three decades, Mr. Jones has advised and defended employers and has led more than 80 high-profile investigations on...  |  Read More

Pyers, Zachary
Zachary B. Pyers


Mr. Pyers litigates complex commercial, professional liability, tort, and class action matters. He represents clients...  |  Read More

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