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10 Tips For Getting Jurors To Talk, Maureen A. Howard Jan 2009

10 Tips For Getting Jurors To Talk, Maureen A. Howard

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“Jury selection” is a misnomer because lawyers don’t actually get to “select” ideal jurors; they get a limited opportunity to “deselect” the worst prospective jurors. The goal of voir dire is to identify these jurors by uncovering their attitudes, beliefs, opinions, preconceptions, biases, and prejudices. To accomplish this, a lawyer has a difficult task: she must foster an honest, intimate conversation among strangers in a very public, formal environment.

Even honest jurors may give misleading answers during voir dire due to nervousness, inattention, faulty memory, or misunderstanding. The formal courtroom atmosphere can have a chilling effect at odds with the …


Civil Procedure In Idaho: An Examination Of Significant Differences Between The Rules Of Procedure Of The Idaho State And Federal Courts, Katie Ball Jan 2009

Civil Procedure In Idaho: An Examination Of Significant Differences Between The Rules Of Procedure Of The Idaho State And Federal Courts, Katie Ball

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The University of Idaho College of Law celebrates its centennial this year. The rules of civil procedure do not have that lengthy a history, but they are still a critical part of current legal education and any civil practice. Civil practitioners choosing an Idaho forum have two court system options for many types of cases-the federal courts or the state courts. The goal of this article is to point out the significant differences in the state and federal civil procedural rules for Idaho practitioners. It is meant to particularly address those Idaho attorneys who have practiced primarily or exclusively in …


Parens Patriae Run Amuck: The Child Welfare System's Disregard For The Constitutional Rights Of Non-Offending Parents, Vivek Sankaran Jan 2009

Parens Patriae Run Amuck: The Child Welfare System's Disregard For The Constitutional Rights Of Non-Offending Parents, Vivek Sankaran

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Over the past hundred years, a consensus has emerged recognizing a parent's ability to raise his or her child as a fundamental, sacrosanct right protected by the Constitution. Federal courts have repeatedly rejected the parens patriae summary mode of decision making that predominated juvenile courts at the turn of the twentieth century and have instead held that juvenile courts must afford basic due process to parents prior to depriving them of custodial rights to their children. This recognition has led to the strengthening of procedural protections for parents accused of child abuse or neglect in civil child protection proceedings. Yet, …


Aggregation And Choice Of Law, Edward H. Cooper Jan 2009

Aggregation And Choice Of Law, Edward H. Cooper

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This is more a conversational gambit than an article. I address a question at the intersection of procedure and choice of law, speaking as a proceduralist rather than a choice-of-law scholar. The question - which may be two questions - addresses the potential interdependence of procedural aggregation devices and choice of law. One part of the question is whether aggregation can justifiably change the choice of law made for some part of an aggregated proceeding. The other part is whether choice-of-law principles can be adapted to facilitate procedurally desirable aggregation. Answers may be sought either in abstract theory or in …