Trial Consulting

Hardcover | June 30, 2005

byAmy J. Posey, Lawrence S. Wrightsman

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In its roughly 25 years of existence, the trial consulting profession has grown dramatically in membership, recognition, and breadth of practice. What began as a small activist group of social scientists volunteering their expertise to assist in the defense of Vietnam War protestors hasevolved into a diverse set of professionals from a range of educational and professional backgrounds. In spite of such enormous growth, the work of trial consultants has gone largely unexamined. Trial Consulting takes an in-depth look at the primary activities of trial consultants, including witness preparation, focus groups and mock trials, jury selection, change of venue surveys, and attorneypresentation style. It also examines the profession's struggle to define itself, resisting certification and licensure requirements and settling instead for a set of practice standards. The authors draw upon empirical and other scholarly work in the social sciences, recommended "best practices" fromtrial lawyers, and the written and spoken recommendations and reflections of the trial consultants themselves. Addressing a broad spectrum of topics ranging from handwriting analysis to medical malpractice cases, they also suggest reforms for improving the profession and the efficacy of the trialconsultant in the courtroom. The result is a critical analysis of what trial consulting truly adds to, and detracts from, the administration of justice. This book is an indispensable guide for practicing and aspiring trial consultants as well as the judges, attorneys, and psychologists who work with them. Trial Consulting provides a thought-provoking statement on the state of the profession, and students and professionals alike will benefit fromthe challenges it offers.

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In its roughly 25 years of existence, the trial consulting profession has grown dramatically in membership, recognition, and breadth of practice. What began as a small activist group of social scientists volunteering their expertise to assist in the defense of Vietnam War protestors hasevolved into a diverse set of professionals from a...

Amy J. Posey is at Benedictine College. Lawrence S. Wrightsman is at University of Kansas.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 6.3 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195183096

ISBN - 13:9780195183092

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1. Trial Consulting: Does It Help Achieve the Cause of Justice?Chapter 2. Witness PreparationChapter 3. Change of VenueChapter 4. Small Group ResearchChapter 5. Trial Strategies and ProceduresChapter 6. What Do We Know about Jury Deliberations and the Determinants Of Jury Decisions?Chapter 7. Jury Selection-Measures of General BiasChapter 8. Jury Selection-Case-specific ApproachesChapter 9. Jury Selection-Effectiveness and EthicsChapter 10. What Needs to be Changed?ReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index

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"Trial Consulting takes a comprehensive and provocative look at the field of trial consulting in the United States. In a book rich in data and details surrounding the most critical phases of trail practice, Posey and Wrightsman rip open the mystique surrounding this profession and raise someimportant issues as to the direction in which it should move."--Psychiatric Services