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QUICK LOOK: Restorative Justice Principles Emerge in Settlement of Civil Cases

February 25th, 2020|

The New York City Commission on Human Rights inked a settlement with Prada this month that will have the company investing significant human capital and resources in programs directed at diversity and inclusion. Is this settlement, which addresses the impact of racially tone-deaf expression, just the beginning of a new trend? Over a year after Prada marketed its “Pradamalia” campaign—featuring a figurine of a monkey that resembled blackface—the company entered into an agreement obligating it to take key measures to combat racism within not only its ranks but also the wider community.  Check out the New York Times article for

EEOC 2019 Statistics Reflect Decline in Charge Filings

February 21st, 2020|

On January 24, 2020, the EEOC released data on its 2019 charge filings.[1]  The EEOC reported that the total number of charges filed in 2019 declined by 4.8% (from 76,418 in 2018 to 72,675 in 2019).  Retaliation claims continued to predominate, with 53.8% percent of charges including allegations of retaliation.  Disability, race, and sex discrimination (including harassment) claims each accounted for slightly over 30% of total charges. The EEOC’s 2019 charge statistics mirror the perceptions of respondents to a recent study conducted by DOAR.  Respondents to the study perceived racial discrimination as most prevalent, followed very closely by sex discrimination. 

Understanding What Restorative Justice Is And Isn’t

January 23rd, 2020|

By Natalie Gordon, M.A., DOAR analyst Recently, we have heard stories in the media being described as instances of “restorative justice.” But sometimes an alleged example of restorative justice will not encompass all the core principles of restorative justice, or will conflict with the principles of our criminal justice system. Some recent examples may help illustrate what restorative justice is — and is not. In October, President Donald Trump arranged a meeting at the White House for the family of Harry Dunn, a British teenager killed in a car crash in England, with the American woman who was driving the

Robotic Surgery – The Rising Trend in the Technology Market

November 21st, 2019|

By: Moiz Khan, Consulting Expert & Michael Connelly, Director of IP Litigation   Over the past several years, a growing trend in the use of surgical robotics has been seen in several different areas of surgery, including pediatric, gynecologic, and cardiothoracic surgery, to name a few[1]. The benefits include improved surgical precision, reliability and reproducibility, and improved surgeon dexterity. With the advancement of computational power, robotics and its technologies have been on the rise. Mathematically intensive algorithms can be calculated in real-time, allowing machines to become incorporated in a time-intensive surgical environment. Valued at $5.5 billion in 2019, the surgical

Communicating with Jurors in the Current Political Environment

November 18th, 2019|

Today’s political climate has created an environment where simple words can unintentionally trigger polarized views and quick judgments. Watch Scott Allen, President at DOAR, discuss the importance of conducting jury research to develop case themes. Learn more about our Trial Consulting practice and our decades of expertise. The post Communicating with Jurors in the Current Political Environment appeared first on DOAR.

Case Study: Why Information Design is Essential to an Effective Litigation Strategy

October 15th, 2019|

Information design plays an integral part in communicating a position effectively—especially in complex litigation when attorneys need to convey complicated concepts to their triers-of-fact. In this case study, DOAR takes a look at the effect of graphics consulting and design to expert witness testimony. Through the eyes of two of DOAR’s directors, we get a better understanding of the critical role that information design plays to a winning litigation strategy and learn about the five essential elements of information design. Learn more about our expertise in trial consulting. The post Case Study: Why Information Design is Essential to an Effective

The Business Case for 5G Litigation

September 10th, 2019|

Michael Connelly, DOAR’s Director of IP Litigation, discusses the business case opportunities 5G creates. Learn more about our Intellectual Property consulting practice and our expert teams. The post The Business Case for 5G Litigation appeared first on DOAR.

The People Behind The Cases

May 29th, 2019|

I recently had the privilege of attending the NYC Bar Association’s 8th Annual White-Collar Crime Institute.  Among the impressive panels was one titled “Former White-Collar Defendants Speak.”  It was moving to hear four former defendants talk about their experiences with the criminal justice system.  Three had stood trial, and one spent time in prison before his conviction was overturned. Their paths through the legal system varied considerably, but what stood out was their common experience of trauma.  They described waves of despair and humiliation and moments of panic and utter desolation, especially as they talked about the impact of the

Procedural Justice: Jurors’ Views of the Fairness of the Legal System

May 7th, 2019|

By Natalie Gordon, M.A., DOAR analyst Imagine that your football team makes it to the Superbowl, but only because a referee made a bad call in the previous game that determined who would advance to the championship (hint: Superbowl 2019). You might have conflicted feelings: Happiness about your team, but concerns about the ease of breaching the fairness of the whole system. These concerns are the subject of an area of research on procedural justice that has implications for the courtroom. The fairness of procedures, referred to as “procedural justice,” impacts participants’ and observers’ acceptability of an outcome more than

The Gender Divide in Reporting Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace and its Outcome

May 2nd, 2019|

by Chad Lackey,  Ph.D., Director and Emma Shuck, Consultant Employees still struggle with the decision to report harassment and discrimination despite legal protections and increased efforts by employers to make it easier and safer. Will I be blamed or face retaliation? Will it make a difference? Will employers even take my complaint seriously? With no easy answers to these questions, victims too often decide never to report their experiences. In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) estimated as much as three-quarters of harassment in the workplace goes unreported. The #MeToo movement reminded all of us just how many women