Using Strategic Jury Selection to Gain an Advantage at Trial
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The art of voir dire is perhaps one of the most essential trial skills you need to acquire as an attorney. Choosing the decision-makers who will determine the fate of your case gives you an opportunity to get an upper hand before the trial even begins. Are you fully equipped with all the tools needed to select the most sympathetic jury for your client? This focused course allows you to gain the benefit of our speakers' combined experience so you can better understand juror behavior, fine-tune your jury selection tactics, avoid missed opportunities when questioning prospective jurors and maximize your clients' chances for a successful court ruling. Order today!
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DAVID W. HOOD is a partner of the Hickory law office of Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP, where his main areas of practice are civil litigation, insurance defense, construction law and collections. Mr. Hood is past president of the 25th District Bar (Catawba, Caldwell and Burke counties), a past president and current member of the Catawba County Bar Association, past chair of the Catawba County Board of Elections, a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, and past president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. He also serves as counsel to the Catawba County Commissioners. Mr. Hood earned his B.A. degree and J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina. (Asheville and Charlotte locations)
CARLA LITRENTA is one of the founding members of Litrenta Law, PLLC. She started her career as a prosecutor handling traffic, misdemeanors and felony cases. After serving as first chair in over 50 jury trials, she switched her focus to private criminal defense and family cases. Ms. Litrenta served as her local bar association's president and as the attorney coach for the local high school’s mock trial team. She has taught trial techniques and tactics at several law enforcement clinics. Ms. Litrenta is licensed in Florida and North Carolina. (Asheville location)
MICHAEL S. LITRENTA is the managing partner with Litrenta Law, PLLC, where he has the skill set, experience, and personal knowledge to successfully defend his clients, work with opposing counsel, and advocate arguments effectively in court. Admitted in three states and one federal district, Mr. Litrenta is a confident litigator armed with the tools necessary to defend his clients. He served as the past president of Monroe County’s chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Lawyers. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Mr. Litrenta earned his J.D. degree from Barry University School of Law, Orlando, FL. (Charlotte location)
JEREMY A. STEPHENSON is a shareholder with Pope Aylward Sweeney and Stephenson, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, providing counseling and litigation services to management clients in employment and related corporate matters. He has successfully defended employers before administrative agencies around the country, and the state and federal courts in North Carolina, against claims of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract, wage and hour violations, non-compete agreements, trade secrets, and related business litigation. Mr. Stephenson advises management on wide-ranging topics of employment law compliance, including the avoidance of employee claims, the review and drafting of employment contracts and policies, and development and presentation of employee training programs. He regularly publishes articles and is invited to speak on topics of employment law, litigation and trial tactics, insurance law and corporate risk management. Mr. Stephenson is a recent past president of the Charlotte Area Society of Human Resource Managers and is currently government affairs director for NCSHRM. He has extensive experience providing insurance coverage counseling and litigation services on employment practices liability insurance (EPLI), directors and officers (D&O), general liability (GL), errors & omissions (E&O), and other lines of coverage. Mr. Stephenson litigates in the state and federal courts of North Carolina in cases pertaining to professional liability, products liability, and other areas of civil and corporate liability. He has received various awards and peer review honors including Legal Elite from Business North Carolina. Mr. Stephenson earned his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. (Asheville and Charlotte locations)