A free virtual summit provided by National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Online Courtroom Project. As courts around the country have struggled to continue operations in the face of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, each state and the federal courts have issued their own set of guidelines to try and resume trials. However, each jurisdiction, and each judge has also implemented their own set of practices, given their resources, staffing, budget, and judgement. While most of these national, regional, and individual practices have been conducted on a trial and error basis, the goal of this conference is to provide practical recommendations on procedures, resources, and skills for both courts and attorneys who are looking to conduct jury trials in this challenging time.

Speakers: Austin K. Yancy

Event Type: Webinar

Start Date/Time:
20 November 2020, 4:05 PM ET
End Date/Time:
20 November 2020, 5:00 PM ET

This conference is free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to donate to a designated charity to assist underserved communities gain greater access to technology and the internet. For more information, please visit our day 1 event page, or nita.org for coverage of the whole event.

20 November 2020, 4:05 – 5:00 p.m. (ET) – Session #4: Best Practice for Online Jury Selection

Moderator:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Frederick, Director, Jury Research Services Division at National Legal Research Group, Inc., Charlottesville, VA

Panel:

  • Austin K. Yancy, Associate, Reed Smith, Houston. TX
  • Hon. Matthew W. Williams, King County Superior Court, WA
  • Jennifer M. Smitrovich, Principal/Owner, Favros Law, Seattle, WA

Topics:

  • Online questionnaires
  • Establishing jury selection procedures
  • Administration of the selection process
  • Attorney preparation for the selection process
  • Voir dire design and question design
  • Making cause and peremptory challenges