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Monthly Archives // October 2013

Ask Amy – What are your thoughts on how trial attorneys approaching jury selection in terms of demeanor, tone of questioning, etc.?

October 31, 2013 // Ask Amy, Law // No Comments

A friend recently performed an effective voir dire in a serious murder case.  She was described as being like a “talk show host” (in the best sense of those words) in terms of creating a forum for honest, gentle exchanges with [...]

Using social networking during voir dire

October 29, 2013 // Law, Social Media // No Comments

By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet It is becoming widely apparent that on social networking sites, people are open to sharing unguarded thoughts, attitudes and sentiment about any given topic. It is almost as if social media [...]

Ask Amy – What are some of your suggestions for dealing with cases involving soft tissue injuries?

October 24, 2013 // Ask Amy, Law // 4 Comments

The main issue in cases involving soft tissue injuries for plaintiffs is the question of permanency. It becomes a stumbling block because jurors are suspicious of these types of injuries and many have soft tissue injuries themselves.  The strategy is [...]

Where do voir dire questions come from?

October 22, 2013 // Law // No Comments

By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet In last week’s article (More can be Revealed: The Benefit of Follow-up Questions in Voir Dire. October 15, 2013), we described sample follow up questions to be used in voir dire [...]

Ask Amy – What are the kinds of things that make for an effective voir dire? Ineffective?

October 17, 2013 // Ask Amy, Law // No Comments

  Effective voir dire is about open ended questions to get to know the person and create a conversation. There is a balance in trial between opening and closing statements, direct and cross examinations of your expert, and finally, voir [...]

More can be Revealed: The Benefit of Follow-up Questions in Voir Dire

October 15, 2013 // Law // No Comments

By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee Bonnet Voir dire, or jury selection, is one of the most important parts of a trial. It requires careful, well-planned questioning. However, there are more factors to consider for voir dire than [...]