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What Elon Musk Can Teach Attorneys about the Human Brain

Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 12:21 am    

Regardless of what you might think of Elon Musk, and there are no shortage of opinions, particularly given his eccentricities, it probably makes sense to pay attention, at least tangentially, to some of the things he is saying and doing. He is trying to colonize Mars after all. In a recent interview with Joe Rogan, […]

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Defense Attorneys Need Not Fear the Reptile Strategy

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 11:55 pm    

The Reptile Strategy has garnered quite a bit of attention as of late.  And, perhaps, for good reason.  However, if we play our cards right, we should be able to unveil it for what it is: highly manipulative.  And once jurors become aware that they’re being manipulated, the strategy tends to backfire.  In other words, […]

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Witness Preparation

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 10:43 pm    

In our years of preparing witnesses, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s this: there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.  Each witness presents his or her own unique challenges.  So although there are certain things we can and should do, it’s important to admit up front that witness preparation is both a science and an art.  In other words, regardless of how […]

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What should be the purpose of voir dire?

Posted on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 6:02 pm    

The Constitution protects our right to an impartial jury.  But actually producing an impartial jury from among our peers can be challenging, especially given how attorneys and judges are trained. We often think that the purpose of voir dire is simply to identify biases. But this isn’t altogether true. We all operate from the perspective […]

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Civil jury and its place in the American legal system

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at 1:15 pm    

America’s legal system is not perfect.  But if we’re being honest, what system is?  Moreover, even if there existed a perfect system, imperfect men and women would be responsible for its discharge. This would all but guarantee its inevitable demise in the absence of the most stringently enforced checks and balances.  In The Federalist No. […]

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