Jury Research Publications

Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D., Director of Jury Research Services for NLRG, consults with attorneys on jury selection, venue, case preparation, and trial presentation issues.  He is a frequent speaker across the nation, and has written many resources and publications listed here.

 

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Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.
Director, Jury Research Services, National Legal Research Group, Inc.

Improve your effectiveness and gain an advantage in jury selection.

This much anticipated and expanded 4th  edition by one of the nation's most experienced trial consultants 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.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the importance of the jurors’ backgrounds, experiences, and opinions
  • Developing voir dire questions
  • Good questioning techniques and skills that increase juror candor and honesty
  • Reading jurors' nonverbal behavior
  • Tips for improving your success in group voir dire settings
  • Successfully overcoming common problems encountered during voir dire, including identifying and handling stealth jurors
  • How to develop and use juror questionnaires effectively
  • Applying effective voir dire skills and methods to member selection in courts-martial
  • The impact of the Internet on jury selection and jury trials
  • Overall jury selection strategies

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

 

“Jeff Frederick is a master of jury selection….  In this Fourth Edition of his Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection … he identifies the challenges for lawyers who are called upon to select jurors and utilize their challenges for cause and peremptory challenges.”

Stephen A. Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor, The George Washington University Law School

 

From those with military courts-martial experience

“When I was a young judge advocate, this was the book I used to learn voir dire.  Later, when I was in charge of teaching trial advocacy to judge advocates at the Army’s law school, I used it as the foundation for our revamped voir dire training.  This book is that important.  The new chapter on courts-martial will prove invaluable to military and civilian defense counsel who are working court-martial or military commission cases. . . .”

Eric R. Carpenter, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law

 

“Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection will boost the ability and confidence of any attorney to prepare for the crucible of jury trial. Dr. Frederick’s valuably unique approach combines street-smart trial lawyering with cutting edge insights from the social sciences. . . . Chapter 9 offers a user-friendly overview of the U.S. military’s member selection process in courts-martial . . . followed by helpful advocacy tips and relevant recent examples . . . . This all will help make military courtrooms seem familiar to the unacquainted and increase the advocate's chances of success.”

Lieutenant Colonel Franklin Rosenblatt, U.S. Army JAG

 

Praise from Past Presidents of the American Society of Trial Consultants

“This go-to resource provides a nuts-and-bolts understanding of a process that can be counter-intuitive and intimidating for many attorneys....  Judges, attorneys, academics and trial consultants can all benefit from keeping this book within arm’s reach.”

Tara Trask, President, Trask Consulting

 

“Dr. Frederick transforms his considerable knowledge into practical advice, making this book a critical ‘go to’ for any serious practitioner.”

Karen Lisko, Ph.D., Senior Litigation Consultant, Perkins Coie

 

Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection, Fourth Edition 2018 (PC: 5150501)

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Supplemental Juror Questionnaires (2018)

Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.
Director, Jury Research Services, National Legal Research Group, Inc.

 

This companion book to Mastering Voir Dire: Gain An Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, 4th Edition (2018) educates the reader on how to create and use supplemental juror questionnaires. As one of the nation’s most experienced trial consultants, Dr. Frederick provides a valuable guide to understanding, creating, and more effectively utilizing supplemental juror questionnaires.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic components of supplemental questionnaires
  • Methods for using these questionnaires
  • Benefits in using supplemental questionnaires
  • Designing questionnaires, including the benefits of different question formats
  • Tips for phrasing questions
  • Tips for designing the overall questionnaire
  • Maximizing the utility of restricted-length 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.  In the criminal area, these trials include Colorado v. James Eagan Holmes (Capital murder-Aurora theater shooting), U.S. v. Conrad Black (fraud), 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), Colorado v. Kobe Bryant (sexual assault/rape), and U.S. v. Maj. Nidal Hasan (Capital court-martial, Fort Hood shooting), among others.  Supplemental juror questionnaires from civil trials include In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation (Antitrust), Earl Washington Jr. v. Kenneth Buraker et al. (Violation of civil rights), In re Exxon Valdez (Environmental damage from oil spill), i4i LP v. Microsoft Corporation (Patent), Texas v. American Tobacco Company et al. (Tobacco product liability), and David Mueller v. Taylor Swift et al. (Tortious interference with a contract/assault and battery), 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.  It’s not only useful for those who want to learn how to fashion the best questionnaire possible for their case, it’s also fascinating to look at the various approaches that have been used over the years. . . . 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.  Frederick takes the reader through the process of developing questions and explains how the design of the questionnaire can set jurors’ expectations and prepare them to disclose information and express their viewpoints during 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

 

Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection, Supplemental Juror Questionnaires 2018 (PC: 5150503)

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The Psychology of the American Jury (Michie Co., 1987)

 

Learn the techniques the experts use - and WHY they use them.

The Psychology of the American Jury discusses the tough issues you face in jury trials and offers practical solutions. Among the issues discussed are the use of surveys in jury selection and change of venue motions, in-court approaches to jury selection, nonverbal behavior of jurors, and voir dire procedures. It contains a comprehensive treatment of persuasion in the courtroom and a general review of psychological research on juries. Research techniques designed to help pretest cases before trial, e.g., focus groups and trial simulations, are considered along with trial techniques, i.e., trial observation and shadow juries, designed to assess how the actual trial is evolving in the eyes of jurors.

(no longer in publication)         

Jury Research White Papers

The following White Papers are available:

The Seven Deadly Sins of Group Voir Dire (and How to Avoid Them)

Voir dire often makes or breaks lawyers’ efforts to identify potential juror bias.  This article considers the seven major pitfalls or "sins" in group questioning that can reduce lawyers' effectiveness and offers strategies to avoid them...

You, the Jury, and the Internet

The increasingly prominent role the Internet plays in American society poses a potential threat to the integrity of jury trials from the influence of outside information, both before and during trials...

Jury Research Update

The Jury Research Services Division of the National Legal Research Group publishes Jury Research Update. This newsletter provides our clients with useful information to help them try cases before juries.

The following are sample issues of Jury Research Update. These issues should not be reprinted without the written permission of Dr. Jeffrey Frederick

Making Better Witnesses—The LOFT Model (1999)

Themes: A Key to Persuading Jurors (1999)

Taking a "Snapshot" of How Jurors View Your Case (1998)

Gaining an Edge in Jury Trials (1998)

Effective Jury Selection: It's Not Only What Potential Jurors Say, But It's How They Say It (1996)

Exercising Peremptory Challenges in Light of J.E.B. (1994)

Getting the Most Out of Jury Questionnaires (1993)

Using Juror Surveys in Trial Preparation (1993)

 

Persuasion at Trial Series:

Persuasion at Trial: Opening Statements (1990)

Persuasion at Trial: Direct Examination (1990)

Persuasion at Trial: Cross-examination (1992)

Persuasion at Trial: Nontestimonial Evidence (1992)

Persuasion at Trial: Closing Arguments (1992)