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Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Third Edition is a must have for any attorney facing jury trials. Loaded with insights, real world examples, practical advice, and timely topic areas, e.g., Jurors and the Internet, stealth jurors, and the CSI Effect, among others, it will be a resource that you will go to whenever you prepare for jury selection. The appendices and companion CD are an invaluable resource containing useful voir dire questions in criminal and civil trials along with a vast collection of juror questionnaires. Simply put, you will be better at your craft by reading this book.”—Stephen N. Zack, President, American Bar Association

"Mastering Voir Dire is one of the most useful guides to conducting voir dire and jury selection currently available. Comprehensive in scope, easily readable, and loaded with real world examples, practical pointers and solutions to the challenges faced in selecting juries today. A must read and continuing resource for all serious trial lawyers."—Morris Dees, Chief Trial Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center

"In Mastering Voir Dire leading jury expert Dr. Jeff Frederick has produced a first rate volume that should be on the desk of every trial lawyer regardless of whether his or her practice is devoted to civil or criminal cases.  The book clearly explains the psychological mechanisms that underlie jury behavior and it provides many useful examples on which the practitioner can structure jury questionnaires and voir dire for specific case needs."—Neil Vidmar, Ph.D., Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law, Duke Law School, Professor of Psychology, and co-author of American Juries: The Verdict (2007) 

"Once again, Dr. Jeffrey Frederick has offered lawyers a masterful introduction to voir dire and jury selection.  He covers virtually everything that a lawyer would want or need to know about selecting a jury.  The new edition recognizes a growing problem of juror access to and use of the Internet and suggests ways of dealing with the problem. Lawyers know that many judges are reluctant to permit much, if any, lawyer voir dire and even limit the time and detail of court-conducted voir dire.  Dr. Frederick addresses every situation in which a lawyer might find herself: restricted voir dire, group questioning and judge-only voir dire. The appendices to the book are themselves exceptionally valuable tools.  They offer prosecutors and defense counsel specific questions to consider in voir dire in criminal cases, and offer examples of voir dire in a variety of civil litigation.  An illustrative jury questionnaire is also included.  As the number of jury trials decreases in many jurisdiction, lawyers often have too little experience with jurors to feel comfortable in jury selection.  This book should give comfort to any lawyer called upon to pick a jury.  It is comprehensive and should provide guidance in every important aspect of voir dire and jury selection.  It is, in short, a must for all but the most seasoned and experienced trial lawyers, and even they could learn from it."—Stephen A. Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor, George Washington University Law School

"Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection:  Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Third Edition is a valuable resource for anyone who faces the elusive task of picking a jury. Dr. Frederick has assembled the perfect combination of jury research, real world examples and practical advice.  Topics include jurors and the internet, managing the CSI effect and strategies for understanding nonverbal communication.  One of the best features of all is the companion CD containing voir dire questions for criminal and civil trails along with a large collection of juror questionnaires. I’ll keep this book in arms reach from now on."—Elizabeth Foley, Founding Partner Zagnoli McEvoy Foley, President, The American Society of Trial Consultants

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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Mastering Voir Dire and Jury SelectionMastering Voir dire : Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, 3rd Edition

Improve your effectiveness and gain an advantage in jury selection.

This much anticipated and expanded 3rd 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.

You will find expanded discussions of developing voir dire questions, good questioning techniques and skills, reading jurors’ nonverbal behavior, successfully overcoming common problems encountered during voir dire, the use of juror questionnaires, the impact of the Internet on jury selection and jury trials, and overall jury selection strategies.  The appendices containing samples of important voir dire questions in criminal and civil cases are expanded. 

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
• The impact of the Internet on jury selection and jury trials
• Overall jury selection strategies

This book is packed with practical advice and supplemented with appendices, including examples of useful voir dire questions for civil and criminal cases. In addition, a companion CD contains more than 130 juror questionnaires used in criminal and civil trials. These questionnaires come from such criminal trials as Colorado v. Kobe Bryant (sexual assault), California v. Scott Peterson (murder), California v. O.J. Simpson (murder), Nevada v. O.J. Simpson (armed robbery and kidnapping), Connecticut v. Michael Skakel (murder), United States v. Arthur Andersen (obstruction of justice—Enron scandal), United States v. Richard Causey, Jeffrey Skilling & Kenneth Lay (Enron securities fraud), United States v. Timothy McVeigh (domestic terrorism—Oklahoma City bombing), United States v. Zacarious Moussaoui (terrorism), and United States v. Theodore Stevens (public corruption), among others, and from civil trials including In re Exxon Valdez (Valdez oil spill), Doe v. Nash (wrongful termination—AIDS), In re Visa Check/Mastermoney Antitrust Litigation (antitrust), International Paper Co. v. Affiliate FM Insurance Cos. (bad faith), i4i LP v. Microsoft Corporation (intellectual property), Mildred Valentine v. Dow Corning Corporation et al. (product liability—breast implant), and Romo v. Ford Motor Company (products liability), among others. Each juror questionnaire on the CD-Rom is linked to the table of contents for easy reference and accessibility.

Read the review in The Brief, Vol 41, No 1, Fall 2011. 

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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)