Entitlement is a socio-economic condition, not a generational one

Being the mother of a millennial, I find myself in a position of frequently  defending this generation of young people who are so often characterized as entitled, narcissistic and over confident in abilities they do not yet possess. Arguing that this generation is just committed to quality of life, balance and rejecting the  principles of … Continue reading

Understanding the nuances of arguing versus persuasion

Lawyers as advocates; that is our role, but does advocacy need to involve arguing. Visit your local law school and you might find this is exactly what we are teaching our young lawyers. The problem with this is our juries are smarter and more skilled at deciphering purposeful advocacy from strong-armed showboating and frankly the … Continue reading

Life as a Zimmerman Juror

  Opening arguments have started in the high profile Zimmerman trial. The media has latched on like a vice covering every word being spoken in the courtroom. The six female jurors and four alternates however will never see any of the coverage, in fact they are basically being “sentenced” by sequester over the coming four … Continue reading

When overconfidence backfires in court

It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Defined by the psychology field as a form of bias, which creates in the individual an illusory superiority, where people tend to overestimate their abilities. In the original research students who scored well on tests were shown, consistently, to underestimate their performance while those that scored poorly overestimated their performance … Continue reading

Is the impression you are making in court the right one?

It is not a secret that prior to my career in law I was a professional ballet dancer. I have been involved in the dance/entertainment community for many years and still do occasional volunteer work.  As a jury consultant, my work in jury selection is increasing, and I can’t help but find the analogy of … Continue reading

Should jurors be permitted to ask questions?

The Jodi Arias trial has brought to the forefront a unique legal oddity that is available in a few select jurisdictions across the country, the ability to have jurors ask questions of the defendant and expert witnesses. In the Arias trial the jury posed some 200+ question to Jodi, the defendant, and subsequently asked additional … Continue reading

Court Appointed Trial Consultants, extending the Gideon right to defense

On January 8, 1962, the Clerk of the United States Supreme Court received a handwritten petition from Clarence Earl Gideon asking the Court to overturn his conviction for theft because he had not been appointed a lawyer to represent him in his criminal trial. That petition began the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright, in … Continue reading

A Call for Creativity in the Legal Field

Recently, I have met a number of lawyers who have to come to field from a creative or arts background. My twitter handle is “dancinlawyer” because before coming to the legal field I worked as a professional dancer (and no, not the pole variety). When people have discovered this, the response is usually confusion and … Continue reading

Social Media for Lawyers and Law Firms, why word of mouth is not enough

I am frequently asked, usually by established attorneys who have been practicing for years “Why should I use social media, I have been practicing for years and all my clients I get the good old fashioned way, by word of mouth.” The problem with this mentality is that these lawyers view social media strictly as … Continue reading

This is not your mother’s Jury Duty!

Last week, I was called to jury duty. That’s right, a jury consultant called to jury duty, pretty humorous if you think about it. I could not help but write this blog post about my recent experience. I have been called to jury duty a total of five times, and not surprisingly have been passed … Continue reading

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