Voir Dire and Opening Statements

Selecting the Right Jury and Setting the Framework for the Case

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

Conducted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide litigators with key tools for preparing voir dire and opening statements. The panel will offer specific techniques for using questionnaires, weeding out jurors, dealing with tainted jury panels, using graphics, reducing the impact of the opposing side, and avoiding common mistakes.


Effective jury selection and opening statements are a few of the most important aspects of a trial. Procedural and substantive law impacts jury selection. Using tested techniques, litigators can learn more about the jurors on the panel and weed out potential jurors they don't want.

Opening statements present a framework for jurors to view evidence during trial. Litigators can effectively present their party's story by using appropriate graphics, leveraging methods that take the sting out of the opposing side’s case, and avoiding common mistakes like exaggeration and misrepresentation.

Listen as our panel of litigators discusses key techniques in conducting voir dire and preparing opening statements, and best practices for using a variety of techniques at this stage of the trial.



  1. Voir dire strategies and techniques
    1. Tainted jury panel
    2. Use of a questionnaire
    3. Weeding out jurors
    4. Obtaining adequate time to conduct meaningful examinations
    5. Using focus jury data in voir dire
    6. Two radically different approaches to voir dire
  2. Opening statement: preparation and components
    1. Telling a story
    2. Use of graphics
    3. Taking the sting out of the opposing side versus the devastating power of early admissions
    4. Avoiding exaggerations and misrepresentations
    5. Using focus jury data in opening argument
    6. Know the judge


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are key strategies in preparing opening statements?
  • What are the best practices in conducting voir dire?
  • How can the litigator best use the opening statement to take the sting out of the opposing side's case?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Peter Ross
Peter Ross

Browne George Ross

He regularly litigates in both state and federal court. He has successfully defended his verdicts on appeal and has...  |  Read More

Timothy O'Neill
Timothy O'Neill

Snell & Wilmer

His national litigation practice focuses on complex business litigation and product liability tort litigation,...  |  Read More

George P. Young
George P. Young

Of Counsel
Haynes and Boone

He has an extensive and diverse litigation practice for more than 28 years. He represents clients in the full range of...  |  Read More

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