Friday, April 1, 2005

Lawyers serving on juries (ABA Journal article)

In the April ABA Journal, Margaret Graham Tebo reports on lawyers (and law professors) serving on juries. Duty Calls: More Lawyers Are Taking Their Seats on Juries, Living the Trial Experience, Learning From It -- and Loving It. [April 2006: When an ABA Journal article is no longer available free on the ABA's website, remember that it's available in print and on LexisNexis and Westlaw.]

At least 40 states allow lawyers to serve on juries -- and now many do. Experiences vary, but many of the lawyers interviewed were impressed by the jurors they served with, who took their job seriously and carefully considered the evidence. (One, however, had fellow jurors who didn't pay much attention to the evidence and thought all they had to do was vote their gut feeling.)

Anyone who plans to present a case to a jury would do well to see things from the jurors' perspective. This article gives you a glimpse.

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