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CLE Luncheon

June 20, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

The speaker for our June 20 luncheon is Lorie Sicafuse, Ph.D., with Courtroom Sciences, Inc.  Course number is 928004150; 0.75 CLE credit are approved.  The monthly CLE lunch is held in the lower room at Reata.  Lunch is $16 and is billed to your firm.

Tilting the Playing Field: Special Weapons and Tactics in Jury Selection

Lorie Sicafuse, Ph.D.

Trial attorneys know that case outcomes often hinge on jury selection. However, this process can be stressful for many attorneys who have extensive legal training but are less familiar with the psychological aspects of jury selection. This presentation highlights practical strategies for jury selection that are based on decades of jury decision-making research and social scientific assessment. Attorneys will understand how to evaluate individual jurors, moving beyond juror demographics to identify personality and behavioral patterns exhibited by particular types of jurors. Special emphasis will be placed on maximizing the effectiveness of oral voir dire and developing supplemental juror questionnaires. Legal aspects of decision making, such as use of challenges for cause, will also be discussed, in addition to “shaping jury panels as a whole” on the basis of group decision-making dynamics.



Dr. Sicafuse is a Social Psychologist with expertise in group decision-making processes, attributions of blame, and jurors’ susceptibility to bias. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Social Psychology with an emphasis in Law from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Sicafuse’s research specifically focuses on the interaction between individual juror characteristics, case-specific characteristics, and information processing; and how this interaction influences jury deliberation dynamics and verdicts. She has authored over 20 peerreviewed publications appearing in academic journals, law reviews, and edited volumes, and Dr. Sicafuse has been awarded numerous grants to support her research in legal decision-making. In her role at Courtroom Sciences, Inc., Dr. Sicafuse applies her expertise in research methodology, data analysis, and social psychology in working with counsel and clients to maximize the likelihood of favorable trial outcomes. Prior to joining CSI, Dr. Sicafuse was a Senior Research Associate at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.


June 20, 2017
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
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