From the Wisconsin Law Journal: "Trial Techniques: What lawyers should (and shouldn’t) worry about in the courtroom," by Alexandra Rudolph--
As the owner of a Chicago jury research firm, I’ve seen a number of lawyers make the same mistakes and misjudgments countless times over the years.
In my experience, attorneys spend too much time worrying about things they can’t control, such as opinions expressed during jury selection, and too little time considering how their trial team appears to the court or what a judge might find most helpful.
Rudolph goes on to list "things to stop worrying about," with explanation--
- Whether jurors will be turned off by use of technology;
- How the jury will react to a witness who seems to have been prepared to testify by a lawyer;
- Whether comments made during jury selection have tainted the jury;
- How a jury will respond to an expert who makes small admissions that seem to bolster the other side's case.
What's really worth worrying about? According to Rudolph--
- Technology misfires;
- A disjointed trial team;
- Whether you have sufficiently educated the judge;
- Whether you have clearly communicated with the jury throughout the trial.
You can read Rudolph's full article, with its explanatory text, at the link.