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Spring 2022
5297 VOIR DIRE: The Art of Juror De-Selection - WEEMS- 24797

Professor(s): Judge Christine Weems (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Blakely Advocacy Simulation 

Time: 5:30p-7:30p  W  Location: 111  TUII

Course Outline: The most important part of any trial is picking your jury - the audience that will hear your presentation and ultimately decide your case. In this class, the students will learn about the psychology as well as the law behind choosing a jury for any kind of case. Through practical exercises as well as a study of the applicable legal principles and case law, the class will learn techniques to try to get the panel talking so you can get the information you need from jurors to determine whether they will be a good fit for your case, how to properly strike for cause and preserve error as well as the best way to use peremptory strikes to ultimately try to get the best panel possible. The class will end with the students doing a full voir dire as well as closing arguments with the opportunity to watch jury deliberations to see how the panel they ended up with impacted the decision that was made.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration in November, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through Jan. 5th, 2022, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

Quota=12.

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Final Exam Schedule: 05/04 6pm - 8pm      

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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials (11/6/2021 4:01:29 PM)

Special Case

No book required!!
RECOMMENDED ONLY:
Winning a Jury Selection, 2010
ISBN: 9780977751143