Is the switch to six-person juries constitutional?By Matthew HectorMarch 2015LawPulse, Page 14The challenge of choosing a six-person panel may make you rethink your jury-selection strategy. But some lawyers are asking whether the change in jury size violates the Illinois Constitution.
Grand juries in the spotlightBy Matthew HectorFebruary 2015LawPulse, Page 12The shooting death of Michael Brown drew attention to the usually secret world of grand jury proceedings. Illinois lawyers talk about how the process works across the river from Ferguson.
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.