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TORT TRIAL AND INSURANCE PRACTICE: Trial Teams: Considering Diversity and Context

Expectations about race and gender affect our daily perceptions and do not magically disappear when entering a courtroom. In litigation, should race and gender be taken into account in choosing trial counsel and in making the many choices about who should handle the various tasks at trial? Are there advantages or disadvantages that arise out of the choices we make, depending on the demographics of the jury pool, the characteristics of the witnesses and the parties, and the nature of the case?

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