Busy is Good!

July 5th, 2018|2's Company - Magnus Insights|

Being busy is a good thing when you own your own business, law practice, etc. I find it interesting, though, that other people do not share my perspective. From time to time, when speaking with someone who doesn’t quite appreciate that busy is good, I try to understand why. When this happens, the person to whom I’m speaking is usually not the firm owner, but rather, a staff member. I get it; sometimes the person’s pay does not change regardless of how busy he/she is, though often it does. Several incidents stick in my mind. One was a client’s paralegal

When it comes to gender bias, judges have it too 

July 5th, 2018|The Jury Room (Keene Trial Consulting)|

If you are not a judge, this finding may not surprise you. Based on this research, some judges will likely be surprised (or simply think the research is faulty) and others will nod in agreement. The researcher makes this statement:  “Judges tend to believe that their vast amount of legal training and logical thinking skills make them immune to these mistakes. This research is showing that judges are not as immune as maybe they think they are.” For many of us (including many sitting judges), bias is incongruent with how we see ourselves. Yet, we are all socialized and acculturated

Respect Jurors’ Declaration of Independence

July 4th, 2018|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for a citizen to report to the district courthouse, and sit in judgment on the disputes of strangers, it becomes vital for that citizen to remain independent of the passions, sympathies, persuasive techniques, and attorneys that the parties in dispute will bring to that courthouse. In assuming the powers of a juror, and becoming a ‘Finder of Fact,’ these citizens maintain a separate and equal station to the law itself. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all jurors are created equal, that they are endowed

Sidebar – Episode 2: Articulating

July 3rd, 2018|DOAR|

In DOAR’s web series “Sidebar,” Jury Consultant Roy Futterman, Ph.D. provides his insights, analysis and commentary on the state of the world from the intersection of the legal system, popular culture and the zeitgeist. Join us for a heady mélange of juries, judges, the nature of consciousness, physics, metaphysics, the multiverse, the Oracle at Delphi, edibles before dinner, something tangentially related to the law, and the illusory feeling of having a self, won’t you? The post Sidebar – Episode 2: Articulating appeared first on DOAR.

Conclusions on Black-White multiracials: “Black + White = Not  White”

July 3rd, 2018|The Jury Room (Keene Trial Consulting)|

You may recognize the child illustrating this post from a Cheerios commercial a few years ago that we blogged about several times. Today we are going to focus on what researchers found in attitudes toward categorizing Black-White multiracial people. That is, how are those with Black-White heritage “seen” and then labeled by observers? To assess, researchers gave participants photographs to “sort” into racial piles: Black, White, Multiracial. (They did multiple studies including some studies where Latino/Hispanic faces were added into the sorting task.) You will likely not be surprised to learn that over multiple studies, when various sorting tasks were

Add Neo-Authoritarians to Your Political Spectrum

July 2nd, 2018|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: Conventional thinking about the two sides of the political spectrum in the United States has always held that both sides, liberals and conservatives alike, basically respect the democratic institutions of government, they just have different ideas about the policies that government should enact. In other words, both support the vehicle of the democratic state, they just have different preferences about the direction that vehicle should be heading. Recent evidence, however, suggests that this assumption of democrat support across the spectrum might be too optimistic, and analysts may need to add a new ideology to the conventional