Gerry Spence & the Art of Advocacy

Professor James R. Elkins College of Law | West Virginia University




Voir Dire

Gerry Spence on Voir Dire: "Preparing the Decision Makers to Embrace Us--Voir Dire," in Gerry Spence, Win Your Case 112-126 (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005)

"The voir dire has a profoundly deeper purpose than to exclude those who are immutably biased against us. In subtle ways we want to open up the juror to new ideas, to open him to our position in the trial, and to be open to his." [Spence, Win Your Case, at 113]

Voir Dire

Eight Tips for Better Voir Dire
[John H. Mathias, Tips from the Trenches, Litigation Section, ABA]

17 Best Tips For Voir Dire
[Deliberations: blog][written by Anne Reed, a trial lawyer and jury consultant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin]

Jury Selection
[Winning Trial Advocacy Techniques blog]

Unnatural Selection
[Matthew Hutson, Psychology Today]

Jury Selection: Address the Negatives Head-On
[Illinois Trial Practice Weblog]

Jury Selection: Expressing a Point of View with Questions
[Illinois Trial Practice Weblog]

Questioning Prospective Jurors with a Plan
[David Baum, Trial, 2007]

A Voir Dire Story

Jury Selection in Criminal Cases
[Ray Moses, Center for Criminal Justice Advocacy]


Establish Rapport

Educate the Jurors

Selecting and Deselecting Jurors

Ask Jurors This Question During Jury Selection

Jury Selection: What Should You Ask?

The Art of Voir Dire

Voire Dire In Action

Sample Voir Dire :: Pt2


Jeffrey T. Frederick, Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection (Chicago: American Bar Association, 2nd ed., 2005)

David M. Tanovich, David Paciocco & Steven Skurka, Jury Selection in Criminal Trials: Skills, Science, and the Law (Irwin Law, 1997)

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