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Millennials as Jurors

November 10th, 2016|

Too Much Thinking Can be a Bad Thing

October 23rd, 2013|

You may have heard the phrase “information overload” before, but new research has shown it is a real biological phenomenon. It is that point when our ability to make a decision simply breaks down. Uncertain of how to process an abundance of information, we feel frustrated and anxious and either refuse to make a decision at all or we make a bad decision. A recent article in Newsweek (read it here) discussed the danger of information overload in our current age of Twitter, texts, status updates, constant emails, and access to infinite sources of information via the internet. This phenomenon

What Do Jurors Think about Apologies?

October 23rd, 2013|

Every time jurors make a decision regarding a legal case, they perceive the situation and the facts through the lens of their personal experiences. So, what happens when the situation involves an apology made by a defendant to the plaintiff? The answer is not completely straight-forward. Like so many things in life, it depends. In everyday life, apologies are a good thing. The social “rule” we learn at an early age is that if you hurt someone, you should apologize. In turn, if someone apologizes you should generally forgive them. We apologize in personal relationships (or we should) because it

What Jurors Think About You: Part II

October 23rd, 2013|

Previously on “How Jurors Think,” we learned that jurors: Pay attention to everything that goes on in trial; Value an attorney’s organization and preparedness above all else; Need you to take the time to explain legal and complex terms in a way they can understand; Appreciate it when attorneys are passionate about their case but do not want you to be overly emotional or take upsets personally; and Expect you to use modern technology in your presentations, but you better know how to use it well. Here are five more messages from jurors about what they value most in the

What Jurors Think About You: Part I

October 23rd, 2013|

How often have you wondered what others really think about you? For those of you who are trial attorneys, how often have you wondered what jurors think about you? Research has indicated that we are only about 50% right in knowing our own image and how we come across to others. We think we come across as confident but to someone else we are arrogant. Or, we do not realize how often we say “um” or notice that we use the word “so” at the beginning (or end) of far too many sentences (I’m personally guilty of that one). We

How Jurors Think: Thinking About Thinking

October 23rd, 2013|

The U.S. legal system is based on the idea that people make decisions, or judgments, in a systematic, controlled and reasoned way devoid of emotion. The assumption is that jurors and judges can stack up the evidence on a scale to determine whether or not the burden of proof has been met. Jury instructions routinely command jurors to leave their emotion and sympathy out of their decision making process. Every time, however, we learn of a jury verdict that defies logic and we wish to yell out that the jury “just did not get it,” we have witnessed that people do