Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Paralegal Voice: Attorneys Tap Paralegal Talent for Jury Selection

The latest episode of The Paralegal Voice, “Attorneys Tap Paralegal Talent for Jury Selection”, co-hosted by Lynne DeVenny and me, is now available at LegalTalkNetwork.
This episode features Dr. David Ball, one of America’s most influential trial consultants and the author of several bestselling books about jury selection, including David Ball on Damages and his most recent book, Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution.
Dr. Ball has advised on more than 1,000 civil and criminal cases, and teaches CLEs and at law schools across the country. A passionate advocate for attorneys to better utilize well-trained paralegals at trial, he discusses how paralegals can be a valuable part of the trial team during jury selection.

In this episode:

  • How Dr. Ball became a nationally-recognized jury consultant
  • Why attorneys should allow paralegals to play a key role during jury selection
  • How paralegals can assist during the jury selection process
  • How to keep track of the jury pool
  • Resources paralegals can use to learn more about jury selection

The Paralegal Voice also thanks its sponsors: Teris, Clio, West LiveNote, George Washington University Online Master’s in Paralegal Studies Program, and The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).

Here are a few links to additional resources that may be helpful in jury selection:

The Voir Dire Process, American Bar Association

How to Pick a Jury, ABA Journal (This resource includes an overview of jury challenges, including the Batson challenge Dr. Ball discusses in the podcast.)

Blue’s Guide to Jury Selection (AAJ Press, 2008) (recommended reading by Dr. Ball)

The Florida Jury Selection Blog

The Trial Practice Tips Weblog

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