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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to selecting a jury. Through the voir dire process, lawyers are able to choose a fair and impartial jury.  

In this episode, Deborah Hensley Loewe, an amazing mentor and friend, talks about why jury selection is one of her favorite parts of the trial. She also shares some tips in jury selection as well as how using focus groups is also a great way to prepare for a voir dire.

The voir dire process can be composed of a 30-60 person panel, although Deborah has experienced having 100 people on the panel. 

Every case is different. You may have to move your voir dire around and put certain questions in, that may or may not be in one of your other trials, because you have to take little issues that you want to get there before the defense gets there. But at the end of the day, you have to tailor it to your case and your person.

Another tip she mentions when it comes to preparing for a voir dire is to make it your own. It has to be something you can pull off and where your authenticity should come through, otherwise, they’re not going to buy your case.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Speaking out your voir dire vs. just reading it
  • It’s okay to use your notes!
  • Questions on pre-existing conditions
  • Tips in styling your own voir dire
  • Changing the way you talk to sound authentic
  • The benefits of using focus groups to practice your voir dire
  • In-person vs. virtual focus groups
  • Types of questions for jury selection
  • The power of practice

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Supporting Resources:

Deborah Hensley Loewe

Attorney at Law

Hensley Law Firm

706 W. Ben White Blvd.

Bldg. B, Ste. 235

Austin, Texas 78704

(512) 476-9988

If you’d like to learn more about Deborah and her practice

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