Millennials as Jurors

Too Much Thinking Can be a Bad Thing

You may have heard the phrase “information overload” before, but new research has shown it is a real biological phenomenon. It is that point when our ability to make a decision simply breaks down. Uncertain of how to process an abundance of information, we feel frustrated and anxious and either refuse to make a decision… Read more

What Do Jurors Think about Apologies?

Every time jurors make a decision regarding a legal case, they perceive the situation and the facts through the lens of their personal experiences. So, what happens when the situation involves an apology made by a defendant to the plaintiff? The answer is not completely straight-forward. Like so many things in life, it depends. In… Read more

What Jurors Think About You: Part II

Previously on “How Jurors Think,” we learned that jurors: Pay attention to everything that goes on in trial; Value an attorney’s organization and preparedness above all else; Need you to take the time to explain legal and complex terms in a way they can understand; Appreciate it when attorneys are passionate about their case but… Read more

What Jurors Think About You: Part I

How often have you wondered what others really think about you? For those of you who are trial attorneys, how often have you wondered what jurors think about you? Research has indicated that we are only about 50% right in knowing our own image and how we come across to others. We think we come… Read more

How Jurors Think: Thinking About Thinking

The U.S. legal system is based on the idea that people make decisions, or judgments, in a systematic, controlled and reasoned way devoid of emotion. The assumption is that jurors and judges can stack up the evidence on a scale to determine whether or not the burden of proof has been met. Jury instructions routinely command… Read more