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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Slate Publishes Article on Getting Out of Jury Duty

The Honorable Robert McGahey, a Denver judge who is also a renaissance man and an exceptional advocacy teacher, referred me to an article Slate published on getting out of jury duty. (The link to the article is here.) The article contains a nice summary of the current state of jury selection practices in the United States, along with, of course, tips to get out of jury duty.

What fascinates me the most about jury selection is how much we DON'T know about it.

By the way, I just received notice that I have jury duty in March. Unlike the author of the above-linked article, I hope I get the chance to serve, but I doubt it will happen. Even though lawyers can serve on juries in Illinois (here's a link to a great Illinois Bar Journal article about a trial lawyer who actually was able to serve on a jury), it happens only rarely, which I think is regrettable. I think we'd all be better advocates and teachers if we occasionally had the opportunity to sit on a jury and participate in deliberations.

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