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Thursday, Jun. 14, 2007
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Springfield CLE program on jury selection to feature networking reception and judge panelists

Join Judge Carhart, Judge Ponsor and several experienced attorneys and trial consultants to learn how to use new methods and modern technology in jury selection. A networking reception at the Springfield Marriott will follow.

Innovative Jury Techniques
Course #: CLX07
Wednesday, June 20, 4–6:30 p.m. (with reception to follow)
Springfield Marriott, Springfield


As we face increasingly media- and Internet-savvy jurors, it is important for trial attorneys to understand the new and innovative ways which are available today to pick juries and present cases in the strongest possible light.

This program, with a panel of judges and lawyers, will focus primarily on three subject areas:

  • Picking juries, including the use of questionnaires; questions for judge-conducted voir dire; how to effectively present attorney-conducted voir dire; and the use of jury consultants in the selection of jurors.
  • The use of mock juries, live focus groups, Internet-conducted focus groups and summary jury trials in cost-effective ways to aid in sharpening issues for trial or settlement.
  • Methods of presenting evidence in mediation, summary judgment and to today's jurors, including: the use of software such as Sanctions; Trial Director 5.1 and Microsoft Suite; animation; videotaped views in lieu of actual views; digitalization of depositions and manipulation and projection of trial exhibits.

Faculty:
Paul S. Weinberg, Esq., program chair
Weinberg & Garber PC, Northampton

Hon. Judd J. Carhart
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court

Hon. Michael A. Ponsor
District judge, U.S. District Court

Dennis R. Anti, Esq.
Morrison Mahoney LLP, Springfield

Thomas B. Lesser, Esq.
Lesser, Newman, Souweine & Nasser, Northampton

Ian A. McWilliams, CLVS
President, New England Trial Services, Brockton

Diane Y. Levesque
Trial consultant, New England Trial Consulting, Dover, N.H.

Sponsoring sections: Civil Litigation, Criminal Justice, Young Lawyers Division

Co-sponsors: Western New England College School of Law and the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county bar associations

To sign up for this program, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or register online.

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