Civil Jury Decision-Making: Do I have a strong case, and what will the jury think?

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This presentation will initially discuss factors that affect civil attorneys' case assessments. Specifically, how do attorneys evaluate the plaintiff's injuries and the defendant's conduct to determine the strength of their case?

Also addressed, the legal decision-maker's perceptions of civil trial evidence. Specific emphasis will be placed on how jurors evaluate proximate cause, the plaintiff's injuries, and the plaintiff's overall credibility.

Finally, this presentation will discuss empirically-supported dispositional and case-specific factors that affect jurors' liability and damage determinations. Specific recommendations for strengthening attorney's ability to accurately evaluate the strength of their case and how to apply juror decision-making research in litigation will be discussed.

Speaker: Jonathan P. Vallano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, UPG-Greensburg

Preregistration fees must be prepaid at least 24 hours in advance. Those who do not prepay at least 24 hours in advance will be charged the walk-in fee. (WBA Members: $40 per credit hour; Non-Members: $50 per credit hour; Non-Credit: $20 flat fee)

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November 27th, 2012 12:00 PM   through   1:15 PM
WBA Members $ 30.00
Non Members $ 50.00
Non Credit $ 10.00
Non Credit Young Lawyers (practicing 10 years or less) $ 0.00

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