Voir Dire and Opening Statements: Influencing the Jury During and Immediately After Selection
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide litigators with critical tools for preparing voir dire and opening statements. Trial lawyers have the opportunity to influence potential jurors through creative and effective voir dire. Opening statements then allow the attorney to set the stage for the rest of the trial. The panel will offer specific advanced techniques for both.
- Voir dire strategies and techniques
- Jury panel
- Use of a questionnaire
- Weeding out jurors
- Tainted jurors
- Obtaining adequate time to conduct meaningful examinations
- Using focus jury data in voir dire
- Ethical Considerations: Proper Use of Social Media and Batson Challenges
- Opening statement: preparation and components
- Telling a story
- Use of graphics
- Taking the sting out of the opposing side versus the devastating power of early admissions
- Avoiding exaggerations and misrepresentations
- Using focus jury data in opening argument
- Know the judge
The panel will review these and other priority 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?
Timothy G. (Tim) O'Neill
Snell & Wilmer
Mr. O'Neill's national litigation practice focuses on complex business litigation, commercial disputes and... | Read More
Mr. O'Neill's national litigation practice focuses on complex business litigation, commercial disputes and major product liability tort litigation. He represents major corporate defendants as regional and national trial counsel with extensive jury trial experience in numerous federal and state courts around the country. Tim is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.Close
Zachary B. Pyers
Mr. Pyers litigates complex commercial, professional liability, tort, and class action matters. He represents clients... | Read More
Mr. Pyers litigates complex commercial, professional liability, tort, and class action matters. He represents clients in commercial disputes, including: breach of contract claims; anti-trust actions; covenants not to compete; and, business torts. In his professional liability practice, Mr. Pyers represents: attorneys; accountants; architects; engineers; surveyors; builders; real estate agents, insurance agents; directors and officers; and, investment advisors in litigation and licensure proceedings. He also counsels several corporate clients on transactional matters.Close