On August 23, 2017, I saw something historic happen. I saw jurors receive instructions about how to take steps to prevent the Internet from pushing case-relevant information to them. This instruction was of no small moment since the trial was certain to generate a great deal of media attention. New Jersey’s senior Senator, Robert Menendez, was about to be tried in a Newark, New Jersey federal courtroom for allegedly exerting political influence in exchange for gifts and favors from his co-defendant, ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen.
Abbe David Lowell...Read Full Article >
A Brief Description Of The Conference on Judging In The Digital Age For Judges Of The Second Circuit
Julie Blackman, Ph.D. Senior Vice President of DOAR
I participated in a panel discussion on “Social Media’s Effects on Litigation” at this Conference held on June 8-9, 2017. Other panels dealt with the presence of judges on social media (e.g., should judges tweet?); the “justice” system under the Nazis and the role of German judges; the proper scope of government searches of technological devices;...Read Full Article >
This is the second in our series of articles on the Civil Jury Project’s proposed innovations that can resuscitate the American jury trial. Each week we offer a summary of a different innovation, the legal support for its use, and empirical studies on its popularity. Each innovation has been proposed by academics and practitioners, implemented by state...Read Full Article >
Voir dire has been the main method for selecting jurors in this country since the founding. Lawyers historically handled this process, but over the last few decades federal judges have taken near complete control over jury selection. This is a problem. The Civil Jury Project at New York University School of Law has been monitoring this issue...Read Full Article >