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CJA Panel Training: Voir Dire
The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) provides for the appointment of counsel in criminal cases to persons who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation. 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a). In the Southern District of Texas, in cases where the Federal Public Defender has not been appointed to represent a defendant who is entitled to the assistance of appointed counsel, individual defense attorneys are chosen from a federal panel. The Federal Public Defender is charged with assuring that members of the CJA panel are familiar with federal criminal practice.

Jury selection, or voir dire, is very different in federal court than in state court. Sometimes attorneys are allowed only 15 minutes to conduct voir dire. Other judges do not permit direct questioning of individual jurors. This presentation will discuss strategies and tips for how to make the most use of those limited voir dire opportunities, and it will focus on tips for federal criminal defense practitioners.

Feb 3, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Robert Hirschhorn
Attorney and Nationally Recognized Expert in Jury and Trial Consultation @Cathy E. Bennett & Associates
Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates, Inc., is an attorney and a nationally recognized expert in jury and trial consultation. He is a frequent contributor to Law360, Texas Lawyer, and the AAJ. Robert has co-authored 3 books including Blue’s Guide to Jury Selection. He has appeared on CNN, HLN, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, MSNBC, Dateline, and numerous other television and radio programs. A jury consultant since 1985, Robert has selected juries that have returned more than $80 Billion in verdict. He lectures nationwide to lawyers and judges on the art of jury selection.