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McGeorge Professor Cary Bricker and panelists McGeorge Professor Emily Garcia Uhrig; Jean Hobler, Former Senior Litigation Counsel, U.S. Attorney's Office; and L. Felipe Restrepo, Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

McGeorge Professor Cary Bricker and panelists McGeorge Professor Emily Garcia Uhrig; Jean Hobler, Former Senior Litigation Counsel, U.S. Attorney's Office; and L. Felipe Restrepo, Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Jury Experts Discuss Issues and Directions at Lou Ashe Symposium

April 18, 2018

Tags: Centers of Distinction, Advocacy Center, Faculty & Scholarship, Press Release, 2018

The 2018 Lou Ashe Symposium focused on "The American Jury 2018: Issues & Directions." More than 75 people attended the event on April 13 in the Courtroom, which featured three panels addressing the topics of jury bias, the role of social media during jury selection, and the persuasive use of visuals during trial. All three panels were moderated by Professor Cary Bricker, Co-Director of the McGeorge Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and Director of the McGeorge Mock Trial Program.

The first panel covered "The Effect of Bias on Jury Validity," and the panelists were L. Felipe Restrepo, Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and 2018 Lou Ashe Jurist in Residence; Jean Hobler, Former Senior Litigation Counsel, U.S. Attorney's Office; and McGeorge Professor Emily Garcia Uhrig.

The second panel focused on "Social Media as a Source for Information on the Venire". The panelists were Christopher T. Whitten, Judge, Maricopa County, Arizona Superior Court; Andrew Walker, Director, Focused Decisions; and McGeorge student researchers Ashley Smith and Allison Wieder.

The third panel explored "Visual Learning and Jury Persuasion." The panelists were Stacey Hunter Schwartz PhD, Consulting Psychologist; Robert A. Buccola, Partner at Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora LLP; and Morgan Smith, Founder, Cogent Legal.

During the presentations the audience engaged in interactive questionnaires during the day using tablets provided by Focused Decisions. They also were invited to participate in an IQ test, to underscore the importance of taking into account jurors' different educational backgrounds and intellectual acumen during trial. The winner of the IQ test was third-year law student  Gage Marchini. The symposium was live-streamed and can be viewed on YouTube here.

Judge Felipe Restrepo is the 2018 recipient of Lou Ashe Jurist in Residence.

The Lou Ashe Lecture Series was named after the late Melvin Belli's law partner, Lou Ashe, who funded an annual practical legal symposium in 1972. Ashe was a leading medical malpractice attorney in his own right and a member of McGeorge's advisory board in the 1970s. His many friends and colleagues established a memorial fund to help underwrite expenses for an annual advocacy event in his honor.