GERRY SPENCE ON HOW TO CONDUCT VOIR DIRE

GERRY SPENCE ON HOW TO CONDUCT VOIR DIRE

The following  is a talk given eighteen years ago in 1986 by Gerry Spence. It was given at the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and South Texas Law School of Law “Seminar of the Century.” I’m reprinting the original transcript without editing. While it is lengthy it contains vital truths about jury selection done right. From the start of the Trial College I had the privilege of teaching each year with Gerry and other great lawyers. This is an illustration of…

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OPENING STATEMENTS THAT GRAB THE JURY

OPENING STATEMENTS THAT GRAB THE JURY

OPENING STATEMENTS THAT GRAB THE JURY “He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.” Joseph Conrad SOME PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS The legal function of an opening statement is to tell the jury the nature of the case, what the issues are and what the party proposes to prove in support of their claims. It is usually added…

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