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May 31, 2013 Congratulations to Alison Bennett and Emily McDonald for receiving the Pro Bone Award at the ASTC Conference.

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Bloom Strategic Consulting would like to congratulate Alison Bennett & Emily McDonald, recipients of the 2012 ASTC Pro Bono Award, for their work on the Dallas-Fort Worth ASTC Pro Bono Initiative, including work for the Human Rights Initiative of North Dallas and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Ms. Bennett and Dr. McDonald were recognized by their peers at the annual American Society of Trial Consultants Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 31, 2013. Bloom Strategic Consulting supports Ms. Bennett’s and Dr. McDonald’s continuing efforts to give back to the community by providing their expertise to facilitate equal access to justice.

May 22, 2013 Alison Bennett and Emily McDonald presents “Beyond the Verdict: Top Ten Jury Decision-Making Mysteries Revealed” at Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail & Shank in Dallas.

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Beyond the Verdict: Top Ten Jury Decision-Making Mysteries Revealed

This CLE examines the jury decision-making process, offering insights leading to more effective persuasion and better results in the courtroom. The role and impact of judges on the jury decision-making process will also be addressed, along with trial-tested tips for both civil and criminal trial attorneys.

May 17, 2013 Alison Bennett and Emily McDonald presents “Beyond the Verdict: Top Ten Jury Decision-Making Mysteries Revealed” at Walters Balido & Crain in Dallas.

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Beyond the Verdict: Top Ten Jury Decision-Making Mysteries Revealed

Examines the jury decision-making process, offering insights leading to more effective persuasion and better results in the courtroom. The role and impact of judges on the jury decision-making process will also be addressed, along with trial-tested tips for both civil and criminal trial attorneys.

November 19, 2012, TX Bar Journal by Harry Jones, Jason Bloom & Emily McDonald – Teaching Witnesses To Help The Jury

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Teaching Witnesses to Help the Jury

By Harry Jones, Jason Bloom and Emily McDonald All Articles

Texas Lawyer

November 19, 2012

Litigators must educate witnesses about effective courtroom communication so the witnesses can articulate a detailed and convincing story for jurors. Witness preparation must begin with understanding the audience, include what the witness legitimately can expect to accomplish during testimony and involve rehearsal of key communication skills.

No. 1: Simulate the trial experience during witness preparation. A lawyer on a shoestring budget can conduct an effective simulation. Aesthetic alterations to a conference room, such as lining up chairs to resemble a jury box, quickly set the scene for the witness. Office staff can fill the chairs to make the experience more authentic. Practicing direct and cross-examination within this environment helps the witness and attorney alike by rehearsing in a more representative environment.

Jurors have the same fundamental needs and fears that people have in everyday life: needs for inclusion and acceptance and fears of rejection and embarrassment. Click Here To Read More