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a scale of 1 to 10, you are guaranteed to get

For the scaled questions, I ask each juror

responses from all jurors in your jury pool,

where they fall on the 1 to 10 scale. Then I

even the shy ones.

make sure the record reflects their answer

Cons: This process can seem more formal
and less organic because of the way you are
conducting voir dire. It can also add additional
case costs if you are using a courtroom technology company.

Q

JS: How receptive are judges and
defense counsel to you using your
PowerPoint slides in the jury selection process?

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Q: Anything you'd like to see lawyers do LESS of
during voir dire?
A: Attorneys need to be as mindful of a juror's
time as possible given the case. I have seen cases

by saying "Juror 12 is a 2."

Q

JS: What advice can you give to those
who are interested in revamping their
jury selection process to include more
technology?

MR: Most importantly, the scaled ques-

where jury selection takes considerably longer than
the evidence portion of the entire trial. Jurors will
not understand why the case was considerably
extended for this reason and may feel like the attorney does not value their time.

tions that are presented on screen to the

Q: Anything you'd like to see lawyers do MORE of

jury pool are designed to identify prob-

during voir dire?

lematic jurors I need to follow up with in

A: Attorneys need to be aware of the amount of

MR: Judges have been very receptive.

individual voir dire. Individual voir dire is

advance notice that the jury administrator might

Several were initially concerned that it would

far more important to identify jurors' views

need if a case warrants a larger than normal pool

make jury selection take too long, but when I

and striking them for cause. That's a skill

of potential jurors to question. For a traditional civil

have told the court that I could ask all my gen-

I'm still working on. Other than that, create

case, twenty-seven jurors are sent to a courtroom

eral questions in an hour, they've agreed. I

a spreadsheet to track the jurors' answers

from which the twelve (or thirteen) are chosen.

haven't gotten pushback from defense coun-

to each question (email me for an example).

In larger cases, judges try to coordinate with the

sel on using technology in jury selection, but

Make sure you have someone with you to

attorneys in advance for more potential jurors to

I usually draw objections to several of the

take down the jurors' answers. Hire a legal

be summoned. Attorneys who want more than

questions/slides. One of the great things

presentation company to set up the court-

twenty-seven jurors must communicate this need

about PowerPoint is that if the judge sus-

room technology or have someone on your

at least seven to eight weeks before the expected

tains an objection you can edit the slide on

staff who's responsible for it. ●

trial date in order to ensure that the proper number

the fly to remove the objectionable material.

Q

JS: How do you make sure you are
building a legal record for strikes for
cause and for appeal?

MR: For a question like, "If the evidence
supports it, would you have any concerns
over returning a verdict for a very significant
amount of compensation?," I ask jurors to

James Stone is an associate with
The Stone Law Group in their
Atlanta office. He is a 2017 graduate of the GTLA Leadership
Education and Advanced Direction (LEAD)
class and currently serves on the Verdict
Editorial Board.

raise their hands if they have concerns. Then
I state the juror numbers of each juror that

of summons are issued. ●
W. Matthew Wilson is a partner at Akin
& Tate, P.C. where his practice focuses
on general litigation and appeals.
Matthew was named a 2017 and 2018
Super Lawyers Rising Star, is a 2016 graduate of
the GTLA LEAD Program, and currently serves on
the Verdict Editorial Board. He can be reached at
matthew@akin-tate.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Spring 2018

President’s Message
How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Champion Members
Meet The Experts
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Intro
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - bellyband2
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover1
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 10
Verdict - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Verdict - Spring 2018 - How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 13
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 14
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 17
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 18
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 19
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 20
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 22
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 24
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 25
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 27
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 28
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 30
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 32
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 33
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 35
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 36
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 39
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 42
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Champion Members
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 44
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Meet The Experts
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover3
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover4
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