How a Royal Wedding Shed Light on Implicit Bias

November 13th, 2019|Litigation Insights|

A Royal Couple v. The Press In early October of 2019, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, took new steps in what has been described as an ongoing battle between the couple and the British Press. In separate filings, the couple sued Associated News, the owners of the Mail on Sunday, along with two other British newspapers, the Sun and the Daily Mirror, over the publication of a private letter to Meghan’s father. In a statement released on the couple’s personal webpage, Prince Harry describes the “ruthless campaign” undertaken by the media against Meghan, and pushes back against “bullying”

Trial Lawyers, Watch how Americans Watch the Impeachment Process

November 11th, 2019|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: It looks like we are heading into another one of those times, like the OJ or Casey Anthony trials, when all of the nation’s attention will be fixated on an interesting and high-stakes legal process. As the impeachment inquiry moves into the public realm this week, it is sure to grab an even greater share of the nation’s eyes and ears. And the difference between this legal process and the trials of OJ and Anthony is that, in a way, we all feel like we are parties to the case. Whether we voted for or against

Whistleblowers, Remember Credibility is Still Part of the Story

November 7th, 2019|Persuasive Litigator (Persuasion Strategies)|

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm: What started with an anonymous whistleblower report regarding President Trump’s pressure on the government of Ukraine to investigate his political opponents has blossomed into a parade of witnesses testifying in a soon-to-be public House impeachment inquiry. So, who was this whistleblower? A lot of people really want to know. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said at the President’s rally earlier this week, “I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name!” That is a sentiment that seems dramatically at odds with laws protecting federal whistleblowers, and it is also, arguably, a transparent attempt to provide the

Illumination

November 7th, 2019|2's Company - Magnus Insights|

A client who has made several comments that have prompted prior blogs mentioned recently that, sometimes, things look great in the war room, but in the bright lights of the courtroom, they fall flat. I think he made a great point. As a photographer, I know that one of the keys to success in photography is photographing things in the right light. That is, the light most flattering to the subject. This could be front light, back light, side light, Rembrant lighting, low key, high key, and so on. Sometimes the light is too hot, sometimes it is too dim,

The #1 Reason Top Trial Teams Keep Winning

November 6th, 2019|The Litigation Consulting Report (A2L Consulting)|

The very best trial teams in the world have only one real secret for success. Like many of life's foundational principles, it's painfully simple to describe, but it’s painfully hard to execute. The winning secret of the very best trial teams is, simply, preparation. Of course, I'm not talking about the everyday kind of trial preparation that goes on a few weeks or a month before trial. I'm talking about a level of trial preparation that is so best-in-class that it separates America's extraordinary trial teams from merely great trial teams. Perhaps 1% of all trial teams function the way

An Introduction to Jury Economics

November 6th, 2019|The Sound Jury Library (Sound Jury Consulting)|

By Thomas M. O’Toole, Ph.D. and Kevin R. Boully, Ph.D. *A version of this blog was published in the October 2019 issue of the King County Bar Bulletin What is jury economics? If you google it, you will find no matching results. If you search any of the books written on jury persuasion or decision-making, you will not find the term. It has never been used before, but we hope to make it an important part of your vocabulary with this blog post, which is going to draw on the ongoing research and analysis we have been conducting over the