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How should attorneys address race with juries?

Race remains an important – and an awkward – subject in the United States, which makes it that much harder for lawyers to address with jurors. Should racial issues always be presented to jurors? How does an attorney ask potential jurors about their own perspectives and experiences relating to race and get honest answers? Lawyers USA asked several trial consultants for their guidance on dealing with juries and race.

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What are your biggest courtroom fears?

Conscientious lawyers prepare months for trials, developing their courtroom themes, deposing witnesses and uncovering evidence to wow the jurors. But they’re only human. And fears – some rational, some irrational – plague the best of them.

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Supreme Court rules on peremptory strikes

A trial judge ruling on an objection to a peremptory strike of a juror can consider race-neutral "demeanor-based" explanations for the strike, even though he did not personally witness the juror’s demeanor, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a ...

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Unemployment puts new spin on employment cases

Trying employment cases in the midst of the highest unemployment numbers in decades poses new challenges for lawyers on both sides. Jurors are still angry at corporations, but, at the same time are hardened to economic reality and therefore less sympathetic to the average out-of-work plaintiff.

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Tips for the out-of-town lawyer

Attorneys who take cases outside their state or region learn quickly that it isn’t easy to be a fish out of water. From different procedures to culturally different jurors, here are some ways a lawyer can handle an out-of-town case.

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