Essentials of Jury Selection in Virginia (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 2.0 (VIDC Information)
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 03/31/2023


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the March 2020 webcast, Essentials of Jury Selection in Virginia.

Topics Covered

  • Review Virginia’s jury selection statutes
  • Receive an update on the courts’ approach to jury selection in Virginia
  • Pick up practical tips to improve your jury selection skills in criminal and civil cases
  • Discover questioning techniques, including the use of jury questionnaires; when it is appropriate to use one; and questions that should be included in criminal and civil cases

Jury selection is an important part of trial preparation. Trials are often won or lost during jury selection, and having the knowledge and skills to conduct proper voir dire of potential jurors can help you better serve your clients. The attorney who has a thorough understanding of the process and procedures of jury selection will be able to confidently represent both individuals and corporations.

This program will provide both experienced practitioners and new attorneys with an overview of Virginia’s laws governing jury selection and will highlight practical techniques for effective jury selection in both criminal and civil cases. Two of Virginia’s preeminent trial attorneys will discuss how to handle sensitive trial issues and when and what type of motions can be filed during voir dire. This seminar includes concise materials with sample motions that can be resourced long after the seminar.

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Rhonda Quagliana, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville
M. Bryan Slaughter, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville


Rhonda Quagliana, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville
Rhonda Quagliana received both her Ph.D. and law degrees from the University of Virginia and her undergraduate degree from Tulane University. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law where she teaches trial advocacy. Ms. Quagliana has lectured on a number of topics, including the effective use of voir dire in criminal trials, litigating death penalty cases, and the importance of pro-bono efforts by attorneys in their communities. Ms. Quagliana has authored materials on such subjects as the recovery of damages in Virginia courts and criminal procedure. Her general litigation practice includes an emphasis on complex civil and criminal cases. She represents clients in administrative matters including campus discipline and Title IX cases.

Bryan Slaughter, MichieHamlett / Charlottesville
Bryan Slaughter concentrates his practice on complex personal injury cases. His practice areas include products liability, cases involving traumatic brain injury, serious automobile and truck accidents, premises liability, and egregious medical malpractice. Mr. Slaughter is a member of the Virginia and West Virginia state bars. He practices throughout Virginia, and has also tried cases in North Carolina, New York, and West Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991, and the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1997. He is a vice-president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, where he has served on the Board of Governors since 2001. Mr. Slaughter is a member of the Boyd-Graves conference, a faculty member at the National Trial Advocacy College, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has lectured and written on various topics involving products liability and personal injury law. Mr. Slaughter is particularly interested in improving access to justice for those who cannot afford necessary legal services.

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