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Jury Selection Handbook

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Jury Selection Handbook

The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Jury Selection

by Ronald H. Clark, Thomas M. O'Toole

2017 $58.00 374 pp paper

Tags: Courts, Lawyering Series, Lawyering Skills/Study Aids, Litigation, Trial Advocacy

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Jury selection can be a terrifying experience for even the most seasoned trial attorneys. Jury Selection Handbook: The Nuts and Bolts of Effective Jury Selection dissects the process and highlights the strategic choices available to trial attorneys at every step of the process. This book is intended for law students and fledgling lawyers who are acquiring their jury selection skills, as well as veteran trial lawyers who want to refresh and expand their approaches. The book provides practical guidance for how to prepare for jury selection; craft motions and responses to motions regarding voir dire; exercise challenges; make favorable impressions of counsel, the client, and the case; break the ice and question prospective jurors; and evaluate jurors and tap into hidden beliefs and pre-dispositions. The book can be adopted for law school trial advocacy courses and clinics as well as continuing legal education seminars. Online appendices provide examples of jury questionnaires, motions and responses to motions, and transcripts of a dozen complete jury selections in both federal and state courts and civil and criminal cases. 

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It was a pleasure reading Jury Selection Handbook by Professor Clark and Mr. O'Toole. To begin with, it is a thorough treatment of the subject. The 14 substantive chapters touch on virtually every facet of the jury selection process. . . . In addition, the text goes far beyond the rudiments and exposes the reader to advanced techniques. . . . I found it to be at once comprehensive, sophisticated, and practical. . . . this is the single best short volume that I have read on jury selection. It would be a valuable addition to the library of any law student interested in litigation, a neophyte trial attorney, or even a counsel with a middling level of experience.” — Edward J. Imwinkelried, Professor of Law Emeritus, UC Davis School of Law

Living up to its “handbook” label, the text aims toward comprehensive coverage of the process and providing both a legal and practical foundation. . . . Throughout, the authors call out good advice in clear and simple terms. . . . Perhaps the area where the book most differentiates itself is through the use of constant examples and in providing a wealth of additional information for use in classrooms and continuing legal education programs. . . . the book provides a foundation grounded in practice, but points toward the importance of some more advanced questions.” — Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm, Persuasive Litigator 

This book is part of the Lawyering Series, edited by Roger I. Abrams of Northeastern Law School.

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