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UNDERSTANDING WASHINGTON’S NEW GENERAL RULE ON RACIAL BIAS IN JURY SELECTION By Thomas M. O’Toole, Ph.D. and Taki V. Flevaris, J.D.

In 2018, Washington adopted GR37, which is a new general rule that changes how racial bias in jury selection is addressed. The rule is designed to provide courts with guidance for effectively eliminating racial bias in the use of peremptory strikes. The purpose of this article to explain GR37 and what it means for litigators [...]

The Washington Supreme Court is the first court in the nation to adopt rules aimed at eliminating implicit bias from jury selection in both civil and criminal cases. The new General Rule 37 (effective April 24, 2018) dramatically alters practices and procedures regarding exercising peremptory challenges. It remains to be seen whether this new rule [...]

THE REAL DREAM TEAM: DAVID BOIES & TED OLSON

  When the two adversary lawyers in the Bush v. Gore case, David Boies and Theodore Olson, teamed up to challenge California’s Proposition 8 in a federal lawsuit, they created the TRUE LEGAL DREAM TEAM. They also proved to be exceptionally fine co-authors when they recounted their pretrial preparation, trial and appellate experiences in their [...]

ANATOMY OF LINCOLN’S MURDER TRIALS

George (Bob) Dekle’s book entitled Prairie Defender: The Murder Trials of Abraham Lincoln provides a brilliant anatomy of Lincoln’s murder trials. It is a great read on multiple levels. First, it reveals the true nature of Lincoln’s trial practice, debunking myths with solid evidence and providing an accurate description of his trial work. For instance, [...]

TO BE A TRIAL LAWYER

It is important to get law students out of the classroom and have them watch the real lives of trial lawyers. For my Comprehensive Trial Advocacy course, Seattle University law students attend a day in trial and report on what they observed. Consistently they praise this courthouse visit. It is satisfying to read the students’ [...]

COURT REPORTERS: MAKING A RECORD

  We just finished a three-day intersession course entitled Essential Lawyering Skills at Seattle University Law School that focuses on professional communication, and a major component of the course deals with depositions. The law students read, receive a lecture on and discuss how to take and defend a deposition. As part of the instruction, Lori [...]

NEW LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING CASE BOOK AND CROSS-EXAMINATION

Talbot Publishing recently released my co-author Bob Dekle’s book entitled Lindbergh Kidnapping Case: A Critical Analysis of the Trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. Although the Lindbergh kidnapping case has been written about innumerable times, never before has the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann been meticulously researched and analyzed. Bob and his co-author Jim Dedman have [...]

ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY PLAN

Your Electronic Discovery Plan: Rule 26 — Hidden Nuggets for the Savvy Litigator By Larry G. Johnson One of the most useful wonders of the world is the Swiss Army knife. I mean the one actually used by the Swiss Army, not the many, cute, tourist versions of same. I got one as a present [...]

MEDIATION PREPARATION CHECKLIST

  Judge Terry Lukens (Ret. King County Superior Court and pictured here) is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS. He provides those with whom he will serve as the mediator with this Mediation Preparation Checklist, which you may find useful along with the checklist provided in Pretrial Advocacy 4th Edition: Mediation Preparation Checklist Judge Terry [...]

COURTROOM ATTIRE FOR WOMEN

This is a subject about which I’m totally unqualified to render an opinion. I’m perfectly comfortable discussing a man’s trial uniform. A man’s trial proper courtroom attire normally is a dark suit, white or blue shirt, a tie that may have a pattern but not a loud one, brown or black shoes coordinated with the [...]