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.
Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, 4th Edition 2018
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)
$159.95 Regular Price $127.95 ABA General Practice Section Member Price