Jury Selection: Speed Dating for Lawyers


CLE Credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This course will be presented by Houston Board Certified, AV rated plaintiff’s lawyer Hugh Howerton. From Hugh: “This presentation is born from all the mistakes I’ve made picking a jury for the last 30 years and from ‘lifting’ the best ideas of people much smarter than me on this topic.”

This course is particularly for plaintiff and defense lawyers who practice in the area of personal injury law, but the techniques can be applied to any case. It is a nuts and bolts primer on how to conduct your next jury selection.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   What NOT to do
•   What you NEED to do
•   How to start and how to get them talking
•   What topics to cover in jury selection
•   When to use open ended questions
•   When to use closed end questions
•   What the heck in “looping” and why should I do it
•   Finding Black & White thinkers and why you want to
•   How to get the bad ones struck for cause

Date / Time: April 11, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: October 16, 2018

Hugh Howerton, Esq. is a Houston Board Certified, AV rated plaintiff’s lawyer with 30 years of experience. To the best of his memory, Hugh has picked a jury about 75 times.

Hugh has been voted one of the TOP 100 Texas trial lawyers since 2011 by the National Trial Lawyers, a national organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as trial lawyers.

Hugh is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. An “AV” rating is the highest rating awarded to an American attorney for both legal skill and ethical conduct. An “AV” rating is the result of an extensive, confidential review conducted among the legal profession including judges and opposing counsel.

Hugh is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board Certification is a mark of excellence and means a lawyer has substantial experience in Personal Injury Trial Law. Board Certified personal injury lawyers earn the right to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in personal injury trial law. Less than 3% of all attorneys in Texas are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.

Hugh has a 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO.com and is recognized as a top personal injury attorney.

Hugh has won numerous million dollar settlements, taught seminars to other lawyers, and mentors newly licensed attorneys.

Hugh received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin and his J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.

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Section I. It’s Jury Selection Not Voir Dire
a) What you need to understand before jury selection ever begins
b) The real purpose of jury selection
c) What not to do and who not to be
d) How do you start jury selection
e) How to get them talking

Section II. Be A Teacher
a) Explain their role and power
b) Explain why they are here
c) Explain its not so much jury selection as jury de-selection
d) Explain the rules they must follow

Section III. Finding the Foreperson
a) Black & White Thinkers
b) Slow to Make Up Their Mind Thinkers
c) The jury will be led by 4 people

Section IV. Case Themes
a) Why they are important
b) Examples

Section V How To Ask About Liability Questions
a) Everyone understands rules and rule breakers
b) Sometimes it’s nobody’s fault — it’s just an accident

Section VI. The elephant in the room: MONEY
a) The race to be the “Reasonable One”
b) Explaining their role is to fix, help and make-up for what can’t be fixed or helped.

Section VII How to get them struck for cause
a) Physical pain & mental anguish
b) Physical impairment
c) Physical disfigurement