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The American Bar Foundation will Present CLE Program on Jury Deliberations

August 8, 2017, ABF news

Expert panel will examine the factors that affect jury behavior and drive decision-making  

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) will present the CLE research seminar, “How Juries Think and Behave: Empirical Research from Real Jury Deliberations” from 8:30-10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. The seminar is one of several events being hosted by the ABF during the 2017 American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Meeting, Aug. 9-13, 2017 in New York, N.Y.

The program will review the findings of an extensive empirical study by the American Bar Foundation of deliberations of actual trial juries in real civil cases. With permission from state courts and litigants in civil cases in Arizona, ABF researchers video-recorded the deliberations of real juries deciding live civil cases and compiled extensive data on how juries actually approach deciding cases. ABF Research Professor and project director, Shari Seidman Diamond, will present the findings of the project, and a panel consisting of a highly experienced trial lawyer, a jury consultant and a judge will discuss how those findings confirm or contradict what trial lawyers believe about how juries work in general and whether the results from Arizona are representative of deliberations in other parts of the country.

Professor Diamond will be joined by panelists Susan Fillichio, trial consultant and senior vice president of DecisionQuest, a national trial and litigation consulting firm; Justice George J. Silver, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the City of New York; and Stephen D. Susman, partner at Susman Godfrey LLP, and executive director of the Civil Jury Project at New York University School of Law, a research project dedicated to assessing the role of the jury in the American civil justice system.

The program will be moderated by Ajay K. Mehrotra, ABF Executive Director and Research Professor, professor of law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and affiliated professor of history at Northwestern University; and Julie A. North, a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s Litigation Department.

“This close examination of real jury deliberations reveals the unique behavior of jurors as practical problem-solvers in an adversary setting,” Diamond said. “Their behavior sometimes contradicts the jury’s public image and previous research findings in significant ways. The results also suggest ways to optimize trial by jury.”

This program is being offered as part of the 2017 Annual Meeting “CLE in the City” series. Individual session tickets are available for $25, or free with the purchase of an ABA All-Access pass. Find more information and register for the CLE in the City programs here.

Event details:

  • WHAT: ABF CLE Research Seminar: “How Juries Think and Behave: Empirical Research from Real Jury Deliberations”
  • WHEN:  8:30-10 a.m.Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
  • WHERE: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 51 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Posted by: Jennifer Montagne

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