October 17, 2019 Feature

The Millennial Juror

What should the trial lawyer do in selecting a jury panel when confronted with a prospective millennial juror?

Chip Babcock

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I had some millennials—people born between 1981 and 1996, according to the Pew Research Center—on a jury last year. That should be no surprise, as they are now the largest generation in the U.S. labor force and in the electorate.

After the jury returned a compromise verdict that tilted to the defense, I had an opportunity to speak with the panel immediately after the trial and at a reception for them a few days later.

None of the millennials in the group wanted to talk much after the trial, and none showed up for the reception. So my profile of their reactions to the case is derived through the lens of jurors from other generations.

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