Best Practices in Jury Selection

(690 Ratings)

Produced on: July 19, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Jury selection, while governed by statutes and procedure, is as much art as law. How can you identify jurors who will be sympathetic to your case, while also establishing the rapport necessary to engage them with your narrative of events? Understanding your jurors as people first and foremost is key to humanizing your client to the jury.

This program, taught by Managing Attorney of the Russo & Toner Buffalo office Florina Altshiler, an experienced trial lawyer, will introduce you to concepts of juror psychology, and how to use these concepts to your benefit. The course offers practical guidance on voir dire tactics, including best practices in interviewing jurors, introducing your case during jury selection, and avoiding objections to your selections and challenges. 


Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand principles of juror psychology and best practices for Voir Dire
  2. Develop a game plan for jury selection
  3. Detect and eliminate bias in the jury pool




Faculty

Florina Altshiler

Russo & Toner, LLP

Florina Altshiler is a litigation attorney specializing in labor law and premise liability matters. Her practice also includes medical malpractice and general negligence law. Previously, Ms. Altshiler worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Alaska where she handled the prosecution of the highest-level felonies including homicides, sexual assaults and violent felonies through jury trial. She has prosecuted over twenty cases through jury verdict. Prior to working as a prosecutor, Ms. Altshiler honed her litigation skills at nationally recognized law firms in New York City for seven years. She has significant experience in the areas of complex medical malpractice, premises liability and construction accident litigation. 

Ms. Altshiler is the managing attorney for the firm’s Buffalo, NY office.


 Education:

  • J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, 2005
  • International Studies Certificate from Binghamton University, 2003
  • B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University, 2002

 Experience:

  • Practicing attorney for over 10 years
  • Litigated cases at the State and Federal level through trial and appeal
  • Over 20 trials through jury verdict as first chair
  • Arbitrator, Civil Court of the City of New York
  • Instructor of Trial Advocacy at Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy (criminal and civil) at St. John’s School of Law
  • Mock Trial Coach, Anchorage High School

 Admissions:

  • New York State, 2006
  • New Jersey State, 2005
  • Alaska State, 2013
  • United States District Courts of the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York

Honors:

  • Alaska State Legislature Citation
  • Dr. Thomas C. Beneventano Award for Legal Medicine
  • Rosenberg Scholar, St. John’s School of Law
  • Institutional Merit Scholar, St. John’s School of Law
  • 2004 CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • U.S. President’s Student Service Award for Outstanding Service to America
  • United Hospital Fund’s Student Achievement Award
  • Rosefsky Language and Culture Scholar, Binghamton University
  • Semi-Finalist, Intel National Science Talent Search
  • Salomon Smith Barney Quality of Life Research Competition
  • New York City Hall Commendation for Research

Presentations:

  • Erie County Bar Association CLE Presenter: Pre-Litigation Statements Qualified Privilege or Defamation? April, 2015
  • Erie County Bar Association CLE Presenter: Intensive (two-day) Trial College, anticipated October, 2015
  • WGRZ-TV: Civil Trial Analysis of the Corasanti trial
  • Contributing writer in Law and Policy to The Public

Reviews

TH
Taylor H.

Great course and presenter!

LS
Lorien Elizabeth S.

Very good presenter, interesting course.

KR
Kevin R.

Good advice.

EA
Elisa A.

Well presented. Good, practical advice for trial attorneys.

CD
Charlyn D.

Interesting and useful information

RD
Rebekah D.

Thank you

MS
MARTHA S.

Excellent presentation

FE
Frank E.

Very good summary -- practical, informative, and interesting. I like her direct way of addressing the topic.

JK
Jill K.

Very practical. Good info.

JS
Joshua S.

Good presentation.

TM
Thomas M.

Really excellent presentation

JW
Jack W.

It was good to refresh what I need to do in jury selection.

KD
Katherine D.

Very enjoyable presenter

MM
Mark M.

Superb presentation; very entertaining and informative.

SB
Stephen B.

Outstanding preparation and presentation!!!! *****

MB
Mark B.

Very well done and interesting.

SW
Seth W.

Good job

FT
Frank T.

Excellent

DK
David K.

very good cle

KC
Kate C.

I enjoyed the program.

FW
Forrest W.

Excellent!

CM
Cynthia Coulter M.

I have been a trial attorney for more than 20 years. I picked up some good tips from this presentation.

PG
Paul G.

Excellent and entertaining

SJ
Scott J.

Excellent program

AM
Antoine M.

Excellent presentation with good practice tips

MB
Mayo B.

Outstanding presentation

BD
Bertha D.

Excellent presentation. The attorney is a very good speaker and knows how to teach her subject matter. I enjoyed the presentation and learned much more than I imagined.

MM
Matthew M.

Would like a little more delving into the great slides.

DB
Dwight B.

great

BC
Brian C.

This was informative.

CE
Corey E.

Thank you

JB
Julie B.

Presenter very informative.

RB
Russell B.

Very good presentation!

JD
Jonathan D.

I always enjoy her presentations. Excellent speaking style and clear presentation. Thank you, as always.

PT
Parisa T.

i liked the teacher, her tone, cadence, and pace

SC
Summer C.

She was great! I enjoyed this a lot.

TA
Thaddeus A.

Excellent class! Thank you.

DW
Danielle W.

Great content and engaging presentation - well done.

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