Practical Tips for Picking a Jury

Vol. 16 No. 9


Valerie K. Ferrier is Executive Agency Counsel with the MTA Bus Company in New York, NY. She may be reached at

Even if you took trial advocacy classes or participated in mock trial in law school, scant attention is paid to the art of picking a jury. Thus, when unexpectedly confronted with the task, most people are at a loss and wing it. Never underestimate the importance of selecting the people who will decide your case. The case can be decided then and there, before the presentation of any evidence or testimony.

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