What Juries Really Think: Practical Guidance for Trial Lawyers

Cornell Law Review Online, Volume 103

26 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2018

See all articles by Amy St. Eve

Amy St. Eve

U.S. District Court Judge

Gretchen Scavo

Winston & Strawn LLP

Date Written: March 30, 2018

Abstract

What do juries really think about lawyers? What makes jurors tick? What do lawyers do that irritates jurors? What can lawyers do better in the courtroom from the jury’s perspective? These are the questions at the heart of this article, which provides useful insight gleaned from more than 500 jurors who served in federal district court trials in Chicago, Illinois from 2011 to 2017. In this article, we present our analysis of questionnaire responses from those jurors, as well as their verbatim commentary, and distill both into practical guidance for trial attorneys looking to improve their trial skills.

Keywords: jury, trial, juror survey, practical guidance

Suggested Citation

St. Eve, Amy and Scavo, Gretchen, What Juries Really Think: Practical Guidance for Trial Lawyers (March 30, 2018). Cornell Law Review Online, Volume 103, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3155198

Amy St. Eve

U.S. District Court Judge ( email )

U.S. District Court
219 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

Gretchen Scavo (Contact Author)

Winston & Strawn LLP ( email )

United States

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