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Bar Bulletin

The Critical Importance of Practicing Your Voir Dire

January 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Thomas M. O'Toole

Despite what Allen Iverson might say (search “Allen Iverson” and “practice” on YouTube if you do not get this reference), practice is essential to the successful development of any skillset. In competition, competitors get better by practicing.

This is why it surprises me that most attorneys do not practice their voir dire before the day of jury selection, particularly when so many also preach about primacy theory and the need to make a good impression right off the bat. Statistics indicate that fewer and fewer cases make it to trial, which means most attorneys have had few opportunities to conduct...

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