The Too-Expansive Illinois General Verdict RuleBy J. Timothy Eaton, Michael W. Rathsack, and Michael T. ReaganMarch 2013Article, Page 142More and more Illinois courts are upholding general verdicts if there is any error-free basis for doing so. They should do the opposite, these authors say.
Jurors may question witnesses under new supreme court ruleBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2012Lawpulse, Page 286Starting next month, jurors will be permitted to submit written questions for witnesses to the court for consideration. Proponents say it will help jurors understand the case and stay engaged.
Exposing Immigration Bias During Voir DireBy David Holland and Gil LenzFebruary 2011Article, Page 82Courts should allow questioning of prospective jurors on immigration-related bias, the authors say. They also suggest questions that can expose immigrant bias during jury selection.
Attacking the Quotient VerdictBy Melissa A. Murphy-Petros and Daniel E. TranenAugust 2009Article, Page 416In a quotient verdict, jurors decide liability or damages by mathematically averaging instead of deliberating. Here s how to prevent and attack them.
Making evidence meaningfulBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009Lawpulse, Page 278A veteran lawyer and trial judge tells litigators how to present evidence in a way that engages and wins over jurors.
Lessons from Jury ResearchBy Sara Parikh and Terrence LavinApril 2008Article, Page 190Experience with mock juries challenges conventional wisdom about how jurors react to expert testimony and attorney performance.
A trio of Illinois Supreme Court Rule amendmentsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2007Lawpulse, Page 230The court amended rules governing the format of appellate briefs, appeals from circuit court rulings, and voir dire examinations in criminal cases.
Jury trials for divorce?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2007Lawpulse, Page 118An Illinois bill would bring jury trials back to contested divorce. The ISBA Family Law Section Council thinks that's a bad idea.
Background checks for jurors?By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2006Lawpulse, Page 278A federal judge and some state's attorneys offer their varying viewpoints about how far to go to determine whether prospective jurors are coming clean.