June 09, 2008
Jurywork: The eyes have it.
Anne Reed at Deliberations quickly has become a triple-threat, as she regularly has done the impossible: make bloggers, lawyers and jury consultants all look good, even productive and excellent. At WAC? and Hull McGuire we'd just about given up on all three. We were turning our eye to more reputable and productive professions--like insurance adjusters, call girls, and circus barkers. Anne gave us not only pause, but even undeserved redemption. Deliberations is truly insightful, immediately useful and challenging in all the best ways. If you try cases, and you think about the art-science of The Jury, see "When They Look Away", and be prepared for a surprise. It begins:
Your expert is on the stand presenting her analysis of lost profits damages, or whether an unintelligible patent claim was infringed. As she's explaining the most difficult part, you look at the jury, and your heart sinks; no one is looking at her. They're contemplating the ceiling, studying the floor, looking away.
Posted by JD Hull at June 9, 2008 11:59 PM