The Future of Jury Trials: How the Coronavirus Epidemic May Change Online and In-Person Trials and Jury Selection

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Tuesday, November 10, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
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Wednesday, December 2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
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Registration Fee: $159

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Why Attend?

  • Learn how some states are resuming jury trials during the pandemic—recommended practices and strategic considerations related to resuming in-person jury trials during the pandemic
  • Consider these questions: Are online jury trials or online grand juries a viable option?  Are there winners and losers when things go online?
  • Examine some of the considerations of jury selection in online and in-person jury trials
  • Discuss alternatives to jury trials

The coronavirus epidemic is impacting all aspects of the court system. How do we safely resume jury trials? Are online jury trials a viable option? What about jury selection?

This 2-hour program is designed for litigators and judges and will discuss big-picture issues relating to the coronavirus epidemic and jury trials. The program will examine restarting in-person jury trials, online jury trials, online grand juries, in-person jury selection under social distancing guidelines, jury selection in an online jury trial, considerations for attorneys and witnesses, and juror perceptions in an online trial.

Our presenter is Betty Dunkum, the CEO of Victory Trial Consulting (www.victorytrial.com). Ms. Dunkum, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, is a jury consultant advisor to the New York University School of Law Civil Jury Project, which is working with thought leaders across the country to develop ways jury trials need to change in light of the coronavirus epidemic.

Participants will learn:

  • Big-picture issues relating to the coronavirus epidemic and jury trials
  • Key provisions from court orders regarding reopening courts
  • Issues going forward with in-person trials:  (a) need jurors willing to serve while protecting those at risk; (b) jury representativeness—demographics and attitudes of jurors who are more versus less likely to respond to a summons during the epidemic; (c) jury selection with social distancing; and (d) issues related to restarting trials
  • Online jury trials and grand juries:  Can it be done?  Considerations for jurors, attorneys, and witnesses; getting cases ready for trial in a virtual environment; juror attention span in an online environment;  dynamics of online jury deliberations
  • Jury selection in an online jury trial:  How can it be done?
  • Research regarding juror perceptions in an online trial:  Are there winners and losers when things go online?
  • Alternatives to a jury trial:  What can be done if, for example, you have a client who is elderly or who—for financial or other reasons—really needs a quick trial date?
 

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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (November 10) (Eastern Time)

11:00 The Future of Jury Trials: How the Coronavirus Epidemic May Change Online and In-Person Trials and Jury Selection
1:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (December 2) (Eastern Time)

11:00 The Future of Jury Trials: How the Coronavirus Epidemic May Change Online and In-Person Trials and Jury Selection
1:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Betty L. Dunkum, Victory Trial Consulting, LLC / West Palm Beach, FL

Betty L. Dunkum is the Chief Executive Officer of Victory Trial Consulting, LLC, a full-service national trial consulting firm providing assistance to attorneys in case evaluation, jury research, trial strategy, thematic development, jury selection, trial communication, and witness evaluation. Among its services, Victory Trial Consulting provides consultation for trial and jury selection and conducts case analysis, witness preparation, focus groups, and mock trials. 

Ms. Dunkum advises litigants on major lawsuits around the country. She received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and her bachelor’s degree, from Williams College.  She has twenty-five years of experience in complex litigation, including federal and state civil, commercial, employment, construction, personal injury, medical malpractice, eminent domain, constitutional and religious liberties, criminal, antitrust, copyright, and trademark litigation. She has been the lead trial consultant on a number of cases of regional and national significance. Her clients have over $1 billion in jury verdicts and settlements during trial.

Ms. Dunkum is currently serving as a jury consultant advisor to the New York University School of Law Civil Jury Project, which is working with thought leaders around the country to develop ways jury trials need to change in light of the coronavirus epidemic.

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