Continuing Legal Education

Jury Selection Techniques and the Use of Jury Focus Groups

March 24, 2017
8:55 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
7.25 MCLE hours, including 7.25 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)


Most trial attorneys would probably tell you that jury selection is the part with which they are least comfortable. Many judges do not permit attorneys to conduct their own voir dire, and those who do, tend to limit it. Meanwhile, the “standard questions” rarely provide meaningful information. Voir dire provides you with the opportunity to ask the best questions for your side – making it your first chance to address and connect with the jury.

This is not an opportunity to be wasted.

Join us for this full day seminar that teaches you how to conduct a productive voir dire, how to select a jury that is most favorable to your case, and how to use jury focus groups to gauge the value of your case, your arguments, and your presentation. Part 1 of this program explains the jury selection process and tells you what information is useful and how to go about getting it, whereas Part 2 demonstrates a mock trial and gives you a firsthand look at how to put these jury selection tools into practice. The program closes with a discussion and evaluation of the mock trial, including which questions were the most valuable during the jury selection process, how the information obtained in that process was applied, and the other choices the attorneys might have made during the jury selection process.

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Aaron B. Maduff
, Maduff & Maduff, LLC, Chicago


NOTE: Beginning in 2017, your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.



Part 1 – The Jury Selection Process*
George F. Galland, Jr
., Miner, Barnhill, & Galland, P.C., Chicago
Keith Pounds, Trial Behavior Consulting, Chicago
Matthew A. Reddy, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Chicago

  • 8:55 – 9:00 a.m.      Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.    Jury Selection Process: Jury Techniques
  • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Plaintiff Voir Dire
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)
  • 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.  Defendant Voir Dire
  • 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.  Jury Consultant Voir Dire
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)

Part 2 – Mock Trial*
George F. Galland, Jr
., Miner, Barnhill, & Galland, P.C., Chicago
Joseph A. Longo, Longo and Associates Ltd., Mt. Prospect
Keith Pounds, Trial Behavior Consulting, Chicago
Matthew A. Reddy, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Chicago
Timothy A. Wolfe, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C., Chicago

  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.   Plaintiff Case
  • 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.     Defendant Case
  • 2:00 – 2:15 p.m.     Break (refreshments provided)
    Sponsored by the
    Illinois Bar Foundation
  • 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.     Jury Deliberations and Consultant Intro
  • 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.     Panel Discussion
    The program closes with a panel examining a number of jury-related issues, including: the challenges of disclosure; cause v. peremptory (and why); changes after consultant voir dire; and consultant debrief.