What Do Jury Consulting Services Cost when on a Budget?

February 22nd, 2018|Litigation Insights|

Think your case is too small for a jury consultant? Think again. There are jury consulting services available for every budget. While the cost estimates vary by case and jurisdiction, the discrete services described below are generally listed from least expensive to most expensive, starting at just over a thousand dollars. Speak with one of […] The post What Do Jury Consulting Services Cost when on a Budget? appeared first on Litigation Insights.

Does your witness script match your witness’s communication style?

February 22nd, 2018|The Sound Jury Library (Sound Jury Consulting)|

By Jill D. Schmid, Ph.D. I’m sure you’ve written dozens perhaps hundreds. For each, you’ve painstakingly chosen every word, and gone over it with a fine-tooth comb. It’s a work of art. Therefore, come time to perform this masterpiece you’re shocked when it doesn’t go off as planned. What happened? Your witness happened. Witness scripts or outlines are a staple of any litigator’s trial playbook, as they should be for a variety of reasons. However, there are several critical mistakes or shortcuts that are often made that invite disaster on the witness stand, the biggest of which is that the

Turn Your Passive Juror Into an Active Advocate: Seven Ways

February 22nd, 2018|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: Persuading a group that will then go off and deliberate is a unique persuasive setting. In a way, it can be called ‘Second Order’ persuasion, because it isn’t just about the person being convinced in the moment they’re hearing your case, it is about them being both convinced in that moment and motivated and equipped to advocate for your case later on when it comes time to deliberate to a verdict. After all, a juror who believes you but has nothing to say in the deliberation room to another who’s rejecting your whole pitch, isn’t a terribly useful

An update on the religious practices of African Americans 

February 22nd, 2018|The Jury Room (Keene Trial Consulting)|

The Pew Research Center has just released a new report on the religious lives of African-Americans. Here are five facts Pew highlights in their report (which is released in celebration of Black History Month). We encourage you to read the entire report for more understanding of the differences in religious practice and affiliation between African-Americans and other ethnic groups in the United States. 79% of African-Americans self-identify as Christian. This is in comparison to 70% of Whites and 77% of Latinos in this country (as of 2014). The first predominantly Black denominations in the US were founded in the late

5 Tips for Becoming a More Persuasive Speaker

February 21st, 2018|CourtroomLogic Consulting|

In a perfect world, each of us would have been born with an innate set of TED-worthy communication skills that could help us magically transform any audience into a group of attentive, interested and engaged listeners. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and unfortunately, too many audience members choose to flip the proverbial ignore switch.  Whether you’re a natural in front of an audience, or a work-in-progress, each of us has one critical communication skill already available in our toolbox: our voice. And the bonus? It’s free. Available 24/7. And it never requires WiFi.   Our voice isn’t simply a method for conveying words to a potentially unmotivated audience. When used effectively, our voice has the capacity to maintain our listeners’ attention, persuade, and even evoke emotion. Which,

The Category Cluster Recall Technique: Increasing eyewitness recall

February 20th, 2018|The Jury Room (Keene Trial Consulting)|

We hear a lot about the inaccuracy of eyewitness recall but here’s another strategy to increase eye-witness recall. An Australian researcher wanted to compare the common police interview strategy of “free recall” with a more structured interview technique that places story elements in a specific order (i.e., the Category Cluster Recall Technique). He wondered which strategy would be of more benefit in increasing accuracy and detailed information. So he showed 200 volunteers a video of a woman being mugged and then tested their memory and recall using these two different strategies. In the standard “free recall” technique, witnesses are asked