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Lawyer Vocabulary Banishments, by the Torquemada of Text

Fish do not think they are wet. If they thought about it at all, they might think you are dry. But just going along their fishy paths, leading their fishy lives, they give no thought to their own wetness. They … Continue reading

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Supplemental Juror Questionnaires, Part 3: Oh, The Data You’ll Know

The Questions Themselves: Part Social Science, Part Strategy Often, questionnaires written by lawyers are… well… Look, a lawyer attempting social science based only on intuitive commonsense is like watching social scientists try to practice law with only intuitive commonsense. Which … Continue reading

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Supplemental Juror Questionnaires, Part 2: This Time, It’s Quizzical

I invite you to read the previous post, “Supplemental Juror Questionnaires, Part 1” before reading this. Or not. Your call.  – Rich The SJQ Introduction: Include a Welcome, Some Thanks, And Always Use Normal Human English So by way of … Continue reading

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Supplemental Juror Questionnaires, Part 1

“Everything we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. The Importance of Juror Questionnaires Earlier this week, I came into possession of a supplemental juror questionnaire that is a thing … Continue reading

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Voir Dire: Doing Less Gets You More

There’s a cutesy old saying that “god gave you two ears and one mouth, and they should be used in that proportion.” Well, the thing about being the creator of the universe is that you don’t have to pick juries … Continue reading

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Voir Dire: Where the Mind Meets the Mouth

Job Number One of any lawyer conducting voir dire is lowering the barriers to communication. What are the barriers that jurors might have to opening up to you? Being in an unfamiliar building and room, but more powerfully, being in … Continue reading

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More On Jury Selection (Don’t Read That Aloud Too Quickly—Sounds Insulting)

I found a couple more notes from the jury pick I mentioned in the May 5 post. The big themes: in jury selection, keep your language simple and clear, and keep your questions open. When Lawyers Talk Like Lawyers, It … Continue reading

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