Webinar: Effects of the COVID-19 crisis on jurors

The pandemic's impact on jurors' attitudes and decision-making

CSI - Courtroom Sciences Inc

The effects of the COVID-19 crisis on jurors' attitudes and decision-making
June 10, 2020 


This presentation will explore the likely effects of the COVID-19 crisis on civil jurors’ attitudes, beliefs, and decision-making processes from an evidence-based perspective. In addition to examining the psychological impacts of COVID-19 on jurors, the presenters will discuss changes in jurors’ attitudes towards corporations and corporate defendants and the influence that corporate responses to COVID-19 may have on juror decisions. Attendees also will learn how the COVID-19 crisis may affect jurors’ expectations for and perceptions of key witnesses. Most importantly, this presentation will discuss strategies for successfully navigating and even capitalizing on this crisis in order to promote positive case outcomes. 


Who should attend

  • Civil trial attorneys

  • In-house counsel

  • Insurance claims specialists

What you will learn

- Effects of the COVID-19 crisis on civil jurors’ attitudes, beliefs, and decision-making processes

- Effects of the COVID-19 crisis on deliberation dynamics and individual jurors' willingness to consider and yield to different perspectives

- Effects of the COVID-19 crisis on jurors expectations for and perceptions of key witnesses

- Implications of the COVID-19 crisis for reptile and anti-reptile approaches

- Strategies for navigating and capitalizing on jurors' changing perspectives and behaviors during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19          crisis

Speakers:

Lorie Sicafuse, Ph.D., is trained as a social psychologist. Her grant funded doctoral research examined the effects of juror characteristics and deliberation dynamics on civil jury verdicts. Dr. Sicafuse has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications appearing in academic journals and edited volumes. She applies her expertise in persuasion, information processing, attribution, and research methods to maximize the likelihood of favorable trial outcomes.

Melissa Loberg, Ph.D., a litigation consultant at Courtroom Sciences, Inc., has been conducting research, teaching and publishing articles in the area of psychology and the law for the past fifteen years. She has assisted clients on hundreds of cases across the nation in both high and low-risk matters by applying her expertise in psychology to jury selection, focus group/mock trial research and witness training.