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    ABA Publishing Announces the Release of Two Books on Jury Selection by Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.

    Posted by Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D. on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

    February 27, 2018

    Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.

    ABA Publishing Announces the Release of Two Books on Jury Selection by Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.

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         The American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division announces the publication of two books on jury selection by one of the nation’s most experienced trial consultants. Since Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury first appeared in 1995, its content has continually evolved, responding to changes in the law, social science research, and developments in jury trials. Its newly revised Fourth Edition includes an extensive discussion of the opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of the Internet and social media in jurors’ lives, and the applications of civilian voir dire and jury selection techniques to military courts-martial.  The second book, Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Supplemental Juror Questionnaires, serves as a companion to the Fourth Edition. The book examines how to develop and use supplemental juror questionnaires and provides supplemental questionnaires used in more than 20 significant criminal and civil trials across the nation.

    Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Fourth Edition

         This much anticipated and expanded fourth edition goes beyond other books on jury selection and focuses on the skills needed to conduct effective voir dire and jury selection, ultimately improving your chances of a favorable verdict at trial. This valuable guide will help you understand effective voir dire and jury selection strategies and adapt them to the unique circumstances you face in your trial jurisdiction.

         This book is packed with updated practical advice, a new chapter on courts-martial, and supplemented with appendices, including examples of useful voir dire questions for civil and criminal cases. In addition, you will have access to an Internet catalogue of more than 190 juror questionnaires, including questionnaires from Colorado v. James Eagan Holmes, In re Exxon Valdez, i4i LP v. Microsoft Corporation, David Mueller v. Taylor Swift et al., United States v. Zacarious Moussaoui, California v. Scott Peterson, United States v. MAJ Nidal Hasan, and United States v. Senator Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen, among many others.

    Praise for Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection, Fourth Edition

         “Mastering Voir Dire is by far the most complete and effective jury selection guide available. . . . It has simple, short examples from real trials tied to hard-core research and common sense. . . . Thanks for Mastering Voir Dire.

    Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center

         “The much-anticipated Fourth Edition of Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection confirms Dr. Jeffrey Frederick as America’s foremost jury expert. . . . A must-read book for the trial bar if ever there was one.”

    John Monahan, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law and Psychology, University of Virginia School of Law

    Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Supplemental Juror Questionnaires

         This companion book to Mastering Voir Dire: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Fourth Edition (2018) educates the reader on how to create and use supplemental juror questionnaires. It provides a valuable guide to understanding, creating, and more effectively utilizing supplemental juror questionnaires. After exploring the fundamentals of sound questionnaire design and implementation, this book provides 22 supplemental juror questionnaires from a variety of criminal and civil trials used across the country, including Ohio v. Raymond Tensing (murder-police shooting), U.S. v. William Baroni Jr. and Bridget Anne Kelly (public corruption-Bridgegate scandal), U.S. v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Boston Marathon bombing),  In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation (antitrust), Earl Washington Jr. v. Kenneth Buraker et al. (violation of civil rights), and Texas v. American Tobacco Company et al. (tobacco product liability), among others.

    Praise for Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Supplemental Juror Questionnaires

         “Kudos to Dr. Jeffrey Frederick for this companion book to his Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection, 4th edition. He’s assembled the most comprehensive collection of Supplemental Juror Questionnaires to date. . . . Dr. Frederick’s insights about how to write a good Supplemental Questionnaire are, as always, thoughtful and to the point.  In fact, most of the authors of these questionnaires (and the judges who ultimately approved the questionnaires) would have done well to follow his suggestions.”

    Diane Wiley, President, National Jury Project/NJP Litigation Consulting//Midwest. Co-editor Jurywork: Systematic Techniques

         “[This book] is a must have resource for lawyers skilled in the art of persuasion and for the less experienced trial lawyer looking for help in preparing to conduct a successful voir dire. . . .  The book is a compendium of juror questionnaires developed and successfully used by criminal and civil trial lawyers throughout the country.  It is an essential tool for lawyers seeking to identify potential jurors who harbor critical biases and prejudices against their clients and keep them off the jury.”

    Nina J. Ginsberg, criminal defense attorney, DiMuroGinsberg, PC, Alexandria, Virginia

         For more information on these books, including greater content discussion and additional reviews, see Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Fourth Edition (2018) and Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Supplemental Juror Questionnaires (2018).

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