Dietz v. Bouldin: A Critical Decision Regarding Federal Jury Practice

(259 Ratings)

Produced on: September 26, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

On June 9, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that is destined to alter the face of jury trials across the nation. There, the Court -- sharply divided -- ruled that even after jurors are discharged, and they have been relieved from jury service, federal district court judges may call the jurors back. This holding is particularly alarming in this era of cellphone and instant Internet communications that may influence jurors.

Experienced Supreme Court practitioner Erica Dubno discusses this important recent decision and its consequences. Counsel also uses Dietz v. Bouldin to illustrate the process -- including tips and techniques -- for navigating a case through the Supreme Court. This course is relevant for practitioners at all levels.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the history, procedures, arguments and holding of recent Supreme Court authority
  2. Consider the consequences of Supreme Court authority on other types of cases
  3. Develop techniques on identifying issues for Supreme Court consideration, drafting compelling Petitions for Certiorari and preparing for oral argument


Erica Dubno

Fahringer & Dubno, Herald Price Fahringer PLLC

Erica T. Dubno worked with Herald Price Fahringer for 20 years. She is one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Erica Dubno has received awards for her appellate advocacy and, together with Mr. Fahringer, has drafted criminal and civil appeals in the federal Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court, and in the New York Court of Appeals.

She has co-authored numerous articles with Herald Fahringer, as well as book reviews for the New York Law Journal. Erica Dubno graduated from Oberlin College and Brooklyn Law School with honors. 


Hilary J.

This speaker was excellent! She spoke about practical Matters every attorney would want to know before arguing her case.

Elizabeth F.

Very well done program.

Randy H.

Interesting and useful content.

Edward P.

This course provided much practical knowledge.

Patricia W.


Edward N.

I would recommend. Very interesting presentation.

Derek W.

very interesting.

Corey E.

Thank you

Darrell R. J.

She is one of the best presenters anywhere! Encourage her to lecture frequently in the future on Lawline!

Russell B.

This was a " Winner". Relevant to my practice and a needed review of Appellate practice after many years. Russell Brahm

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Richard M.

Enlightening and enjoyable. Well done.

Mary H.

Excellent presentation. Ms Dubro is an outstanding teacher.


Great presenter! She is a natural teacher.

Jane W.

The presenter presented dry information in a very engaging and informative manner.

Brian M.

Excellent presentation!

KAtharine K.

Very thorough and excellent presentation. One of the best CLEs I've taken recently. Detailed enough for those whose main practice is federal litigation, but presented in a fashion that was interesting and accessible to someone like myself, who doesn't deal with juries often.

Karen H.

one of the clearest, most effective teachers

Bethany K.

Really wonderful presentation. Informative and very interesting.

Stacy S.

Great presenter. I would enjoy hearing more from her -- any commentary on any of the Supreme Court cases.

Colleen K.

Excellent presentation! Very clear!

Francis M.

Excellent presentation

Elliott M.

well done and informative. Thanks!

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