The Not-So-Easy Elevator Pitch

When I was a professional dancer, it was fairly easy to strike up a conversation about my occupation, although I found myself often qualifying as a “classical or ballet” dancer and not “that kind of dancer.” Since becoming a trial consultant, I find people are often confused about what I do and why it’s needed. … Continue reading

A juror is more than their zip code

  Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875 to eliminate racial discrimination in jury selection. People of color continue to be excluded from jury service because of their race, especially in serious criminal trials and death penalty cases. In the state of California however, we are seeing a steady increase in minority representation in … 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

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