Five Superior Court judges and state and national experts led a
Bench-Bar Voir Dire Forum on June 22 to evaluate the
merits of different approaches being used for jury selection. The
program was held June 22 at Massachusetts Continuing Legal
Education's Boston office at 10 Winter Place.
The highlight of the program was a panel discussion of judges and
lawyers who evaluated a recent electronic survey of the entire
Superior Court bench regarding current approaches to jury selection
and voir dire.
In addition to the panel, the forum featured presentations by
commentators from the National Center for State Courts, who spoke
about their research and perspectives on jury selection and
voir dire from across the country.
The forum was sponsored by the Judicial Administration
The faculty included Superior Court Judges Peter M. Lauriat
(program chair), Elizabeth M. Fahey, Kenneth J. Fishman, Geraldine
S. Hines and Robert C. Rufo, as well as the Hon. Gregory E. Mize,
National Center for State Courts, Arlington, VA; Richard P.
Campbell, Esq., Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy,
Charlestown; Paula L. Hannaford-Agor, National Center for State
Courts, Williamsburg, VA; and Elizabeth N. Mulvey, Esq., Crowe
& Mulvey LLP.