Jury Selection & Voir Dire: How to Make It Work for You


CLE Credits earned: 2 GEN

Having participated in hundreds of jury trials nationally, three experts join forces from opposite sides of the courtroom to provide the wisdom that only experience teaches, armed with degrees in law and psychology.

Two litigation icons, David Dean and Glenn Dopf, and a nationally-renowned jury consultant, Dr. Laurie Kuslansky, provide best practices for plaintiffs, defendants, and everyone in between on how to strategically plan and execute jury selection. Trials can be won or lost during voir dire. The standard approach often backfires or misses fleeting, but essential opportunities. These three masters of their professions teach you how to remove the error from trial.

This course is co-sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   David Dean will cover the often over-looked ways to rehabilitate or overcome attempts for improper rehabilitation many practitioners under-utilize, charming ways to befriend the jury properly, coax enemies to reveal themselves, and typically hostile jurors to plaintiffs. Providing numerous practical tips and polished wisdom, Mr. Dean will step up your skill set and increase your ability to engage before jurors.

•   Glenn Dopf will cover the equally compelling manner in which the potentially less popular defendant can be made appealing to a jury, how to sway detractors, or if not, how to root them out during voir dire. Covering fascinating research on group/team identification and a myriad of in-depth and applicable data, Mr. Dopf will make you think about trial differently and better.

•   Kuslansky will cover the speed of impression formation and what actually matters in assessing which jurors will accept or reject your position. Typical stereotypes and demographics alone, surprisingly often don't work. Dr. Kuslansky will cover the things that do work and how to use them. You will have a broader understanding of common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid, replaced by sound, logical and brilliant alternatives.

Date / Time: August 30, 2018

•   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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david-deanDavid J. Dean, Esq. is a senior trial attorney on all matters in the Firm’s practice. Mr. Dean was the Chief Trial Counsel for the plaintiffs in the Agent Orange Class Action, representing more than two million Vietnam Veterans in their claims against seven chemical companies. His work was described in published Federal Court decisions as “extraordinary” and of “exceptional quality.” David’s exceptional trial skills were evident in the civil trial of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, where, as the lead trial attorney, he obtained an unprecedented verdict against the Port Authority for its failure to take steps to prevent the terrorist attack. In a suit against the City of New York, Mr. Dean obtained a $92 million verdict.

David won a $25 million verdict for a laborer injured at a worksite, and a $24.5 million verdict for a man who tripped on the stairs of an apartment building causing him to become a paraplegic. He obtained a verdict against the Transit Authority for $28.5 million for a woman whose leg was severely injured when she was struck by a train. He recently won a $10.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case. Such results are only a small sample of his work, which has earned him a respected and feared trial reputation.

David has been named in Super Lawyers magazine as one of New York’s top lawyers, and has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. A national legal publication recently named David as “one of America’s great trial lawyers.” David has also received the highest rating (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.* A 1961 graduate of Georgetown Law Center, David joined the firm in 1997 and has been a Member since 1999. He has often lectured at various law schools and bar associations on all aspects of trial practice.

glenn-dopfGlenn Dopf, Esq.

LL.M., International Law, New York University School of Law, 1983
J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1979
B.S., Fordham University, cum laude, 1975

Member, Bar of the State of New Jersey, 1979
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1979
Member, Bar of the State of New York, 1980
Member, Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1980
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1980
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1980
Member, Bar of the United States Court of International Trade, 1981
Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1983
Biographee, Who’s Who in American Law, Sixth through Fourteenth, Eighteenth Editions, Nineteenth Editions
Biographee, Who’s Who in America, Fifty-Fourth through Sixty-Eighth Editions, Seventieth Edition
Biographee, Who’s Who in the World, Twentieth through Thirty-Second Editions

Legal Employment History
Member, June 2012 – Present
>Kopff, Nardelli & Dopf
Member, February 1982 – May 2012
>Martin Clearwater & Bell
Associate, January 1980 – September 1981

Legal Associations
Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Litigation Background
While employed by the New York County District Attorney’s Office and Martin Clearwater & Bell, Mr. Dopf obtained extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation. He has litigated major actions to conclusion in both State and Federal Court as a partner at Kopff, Nardelli & Dopf LLP.

laurie-kuslanskyLaurie R. Kuslansky, Ph.D.

Specialized Professional Competence
Trial strategy
Witness and attorney evaluation and preparation
Opening and closing statement analysis
Case theme identification
Development and implementation of persuasive communication strategies
Jury profiling and Jury Selection
Expert testimony
Education and Persuasion


32 years of trial consulting:
Consulted on over 1,000 civil and criminal cases
Supported numerous regulatory commission hearings
Expert witness: Ariel Sharon v. Time, Inc., libel trial, January 1983
Translator: Deportation trial of Nazi war criminal for OSI (Office of Special Investigations), Baltimore, MD.
Witness: Departments of Justice and the Treasury on the accuracy of translated material 1980-1992

Ph.D., Psychology, Columbia University, 1992, Column I Doctoral Dissertation: “Referential Communication: The Skills Needed to Form Effective Messages to Promote Comprehension.”
M.A., Linguistics, Columbia University, 1979, magna cum laude
B.A., Linguistics, Queens College, 1976, magna cum laude

Professional Employment History
2012 – Present Expert Jury Consultant, Dr. Laurie Kuslansky and Associates, LLC New York
2012 – Present National Managing Director, Jury Research & Consulting, A2L Consulting
1999 – 2012 Senior Jury Consultant and Director of Client Development, TrialGraphix, New York
1998 – 1999 Trial Consultant, FTI Consulting, New York
1992 – 1998 Director, DecisionQuest, New York
1980 – 1992 Litigation Consultant; Expert Witness; Court Interpreter; Investigative Aid

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Section I. The Law of Jury Selection

Section II. What Jurors Think: What Every Litigator Needs to Know

Section III. Preparing for Voir Dire

Section IV. Voir Dire and the Art of Asking the Right Questions

Section V. The Role of Social Media in Jury Selection and Trial

Section VI. Common Jury Issues During Trial