Voir Dire: Strategies and techniques for constructing key questions

Daniel R. Shulman
Daniel R. Shulman | Shulman & Buske PLLC

Dan Shulman has been a practicing trial lawyer for more than 50 years. In 2020, after 50 years of private firm practice, he became a Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and took a position as Of Counsel with his son’s Minneapolis law firm Shulman & Buske PLLC.

Live Video-Broadcast: January 12, 2023

Voir Dire: Strategies and techniques for constructing key questions

$195.00 2 hour CLE

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Program Summary

Jury selection is an art, not a science. Doing effective voir dire depends on the use of strategies and tactics developed and accumulated through practice, study, and advice of experienced lawyers. A lot of it is common sense, and a lot is counter-intuitive. This course will introduce you to the techniques and practices used by veteran jury trial lawyers and teachers of trial practice. It's not rocket science, but there is a lot of helpful information to guide you through what is one of the most important things you will do in a trial, and perhaps the most outcome-determinative.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • State v. Federal Court Voir Dire: differences and pros and cons of each
  • Maximizing chances of success in challenges for cause
  • Best practices for eliciting valuable information from prospective jurors
  • Research to do before voir dire even starts
  • Do's and Dont's of jury selection

Date / Time: January 12, 2023

  • 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Eastern
  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Central
  • 10:00 am – 12:10 pm Mountain
  • 9:00 am – 11:10 am Pacific

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Daniel-R.-Shulman_Shulman-&-Buske-PLLC_FedBarDaniel R. Shulman | Shulman & Buske PLLC

Dan Shulman has been a practicing trial lawyer for more than 50 years. In 2020, after 50 years of private firm practice, he became a Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and took a position as Of Counsel with his son’s Minneapolis law firm Shulman & Buske PLLC. He specializes in complex commercial and civil rights litigation. He was admitted to practice in Minnesota in 1970 and has tried lawsuits in state and federal courts in Minnesota and numerous other states. He is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He is also a Fellow Emeritus of the Litigation Counsel of America. He was named a Minnesota Lawyer of the Year for 2012 and 2018.

In 2021-22, he was included in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Commercial Litigation.

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Harvard College (1965), a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Yale University (1967), and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Harvard Law School (1970).

Agenda

I. State v. Federal Court Voir Dire: differences and pros and cons of each | 12:00pm – 12:30pm

II. Maximizing chances of success in challenges for cause | 12:30pm – 1:00pm

Break | 1:00pm – 1:10pm

III. Best practices for eliciting valuable information from prospective jurors | 1:10pm – 1:30pm

IV. Research to do before voir dire even starts | 1:30pm – 1:50pm

V. Do’s and Dont’s of jury selection | 1:50pm – 2:10pm