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A Jury of One's Peers? A Panel Discussion on Jury Diversity

September 27, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT

Speakers: James W. Bergenn

September 27, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM EDT

4:30 - 5:00
Registration and Refreshments

5:00 - 6:30  
Panel Discussion and Q&A

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The George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and Shipman & Goodwin LLP are pleased to co-sponsor this CLE-eligible panel discussion on jury diversity.  Each of our panelists approaches this issue from a different perspective, and each will give their views on the topic, cite experiences they have had, and offer suggestions as to how to address the lack of jury diversity, both locally and federally. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Overview of the legal landscape - what the Sixth Amendment says with respect to the right to an impartial jury.
  • How state and federal courts arrive at their jury pools; jury selection questionnaires; and collection of demographic information.
  • Is the lack of jury diversity a problem? Panelists will weigh in on their experiences, either from trying a case to jury or presiding over it.
  • Why is the lack of jury diversity a problem, and how does it affect the perception of justice within the community? Discussion will include Batson and hardship challenges and jury behavior research.
  • How do we address the problem? How do other jurisdictions address it? 


The Honorable Victor A. Bolden, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut
Allison M. Near, Partner and Litigator, Sheehan, Reeve & Near, LLC
Edward P. Schwartz, Ph.D., Jury Consultant, DecisionQuest
James W. Bergenn, Moderator, Partner and Litigator, Shipman & Goodwin LLP

There will be a Q&A following this discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Please feel free to invite a guest, and register any guests who plan to attend.

This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York CLE Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours of Professional Practice and is appropriate for both transitional and nontransitional attorneys.

Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approves or accredits CLE providers or activities. It is the opinion of this provider that this activity qualifies for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including zero hour(s) of ethics/professionalism.


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