Dr. Julie Blackman is one of the nation’s leading trial strategy consultants. She joined DOAR in 2011 after heading her own trial consulting business for many years. She is currently a Senior Vice President at DOAR. Her consulting work has focused primarily on complex litigation, particularly patent trials and white collar crime cases. She has worked on many high profile trials.
Julie’s work as a trial strategy consultant and expert witness in cases involving family violence has spanned more than 35 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and received her undergraduate degree from Cornell. For the first ten years of her career, she taught in the Psychology Department at Barnard College. She brings an educator’s perspective to her consulting work in general and especially to complex litigation. Julie works with attorneys to help them promote juror comprehension, so that deliberations and verdicts will be more meaningful. Most often, in the courtroom, the better teacher wins.
She works from two fundamental truths about jurors – first, that they are new to the matters at hand, and second, that they will not be permitted to ask questions as they arise. How best to teach and persuade jurors given these realities leads to front-of-mind strategies for themes that she advances in her work with attorneys. She is an astute jury selection consultant and she works side-by-side with attorneys and witnesses to improve the clarity and the credibility of testimony. She leads insight-enhancing pre-trial research activities including surveys, focus groups and mock trials that inform attorneys of the likely consequences of their persuasive efforts. She speaks frequently at professional meetings of judges and lawyers, and has written often at the interface of psychology and the law. She is deeply interested in the ways in which the Internet has and is continuing to transform the courtroom, and hopes to continue to play a leadership role in the discussions that are shedding light on the look of justice in the future.