Voir Dire, Pre-Trial Publicity, Trial Teams, Stress Control, Jury Questionnaires & What Judges Will Allow

Date: June 10, 2011
Location: Marriott Seattle Waterfront
Chaired by: Tara Trask, Chief Executive Officer, Tara Trask LLC
Price: Members $310; Non-Members $365 – Judges and Special Masters May Attend Free!

Agenda and Speakers CLE Credits Available

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Conference Overview

This is a ‘seminar within a conference’ produced by the American Society of Trial Consultants for which HB is a proud marketing alliance partner! Whether you’re an attorney who has never tried a case or whether you have tried dozens, you will benefit from experts who have consulted on many hundreds of cases — or tried them directly themselves. Invaluable discussions on stress control during trial events along with the insights of judges on trial techniques they have observed during their careers plus a live demonstration of voir dire make for a powerful one-day of lessons for attorneys who regularly find themselves in front of juries or one day will. Cap all this off with a keynote address by a trial attorney and award-winning broadcaster and — next to spending a day actually trying a case — this could very well be the best day of learning a trial attorney could spend.


  • JUST ADDED: Judge Downing and Chief Judge Lasnik for the Judge’s Roundtable.
  • Keynote Speaker: Manny Medrano
  • Analyzing Pre-Trial Publicity in the New Media Universe
  • Trial Team Collaboration: Using Trial Consultants Efficiently, Economically & Effectively
  • Stress Control During Trial Events
  • Supplemental Juror Questionnaires: What You Need to Know Now
  • Everything You’d Like to Know About What Your Honor Will Allow in Trial…But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Voir Dire: Effective & Ineffective Techniques: A Demonstration


  • Bruce Beal, M.A. – Beal Research Support Services, Chicago, IL
  • Michael Brockwell – Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., Dallas, TX
  • Edward Bronson, Ph.D. – California State University, Chico, CA
  • Ric Dexter – Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., Dallas, TX
  • Ron Dillehay, Ph.D. – University of Nevada, Reno, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Bryan Edelman, Ph.D. – Trial Innovations, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Dennis Elias, Ph.D. (Moderator) – Litigation Strategies, Inc., Pheonix, AZ
  • Jeffrey Frederick, Ph.D. – National Legal Research Group, Inc. (Director, Jury Research Services), Charlottesville, VA
  • Doug Keene, Ph.D. – Keene Trial Consulting, Austin, TX
  • George Kich, Ph.D. – George Kich Consulting, Berkeley, CA
  • Karen Lisko, Ph.D. – Persuasion Strategies, Denver, CO
  • Charli Morris, M.A. – Litigation & Communication Consultant, Raleigh, NC
  • Steve Perkel, DSW, ACSW, LCSW – Archer & Greiner, P.C., Haddonfield, NJ
  • Will Rountree, Ph.D. – Bonora D’Andrea, LLC, San Francisco, CA
  • Diane Wyzga, RN, J.D. – Lightning Rod Communications, San Clemente, CA


“Lessons Learned from Litigating (and Reporting on) Tough Cases”

As an experienced trial attorney and Emmy award-winning TV news broadcaster, Manny has successfully tried civil and criminal cases, and covered high profile trials as a journalist.  There are important lessons involving tough cases that Manny has learned from his dual careers, including how to present difficult arguments to a jury, how to best formulate winning strategies before calling your first witness, and how to deal with and overcome negative media coverage.  High profile cases are tremendously illuminating on how to sell your case to a jury.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Manny Medrano has also been an Emmy award-winning report reporter/anchor with KTLA News and KNBC News, as well as and a Supreme Court/Legal Affairs correspondent for ABC News. Manny has covered some of the most important national news stories of the past two decades, formulating a unique insight into stories that have changed the fabric and landscape of our society.

Prior to becoming a television broadcast journalist, Manny was a business litigator and federal criminal prosecutor who never lost a jury trial, posting an astonishing 60-0 win record. As the lead prosecutor in one of the nation’s most closely-watched cases that led to a movie and best-selling book, Manny braved death threats to convict drug cartel leaders who kidnapped, tortured and murdered DEA federal drug agent Enrique Camarena.

Click here to see a video clip of one of Manny’s keynote speeches.

Click here to read Tara Trask’s blog post on Effective Use of Technology in the Courtroom

Click below for Conference Chair Tara Trask on Pre-Trial Research, Shadow Juries, Technology in the Courtroom and Women in the Courtroom

Beth Foley, President of ASTC

Watch Conference Chair Tara Trask on NBC’s Today Show April 2, 2011

Watch this page for more details from the ASTC  — the leading professional organization for U.S. trial consultants — or contact HB at info@litigationconferences.com.

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