Lewis and Clark Law School's
Public Interest Law Project (PILP) and
Women in Criminal Law Present
Achieving an Impartial Jury in Voir Dire:
A CLE Benefiting Students
Pursuing Careers in Public Interest Law
Attorneys, judges and jurors all want to see themselves as fair, equitable, and rational; yet, studies show that none of us are free from bias despite our best intentions. To address this issue, Lewis & Clark Law School's PILP and Women in Criminal Law present Achieving an Impartial Jury in Voir Dire on November 1, 2017, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in downtown Portland.
The CLE will feature a presentation by Alexis Knutson, an expert on jury selection from Tsonga's Litigation Consulting, Inc. She will discuss tips and tricks for jury selection generally, as well specific tools for skillfully and delicately addressing the issue of racial bias in voir dire. Following Laura Dominic’s presentation will be a mock jury selection moderated by Judge Eric Bergstrom of the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Judge Bergstrom will provide valuable insight from the bench while criminal defense attorney Whitney Boise of Boise Matthews, and Deputy District Attorney Megan Johnson of Washington County, demonstrate practical ways to identify and eliminate racial bias in voir dire.
A reception will be held directly following the CLE at Boise Matthews. Attendees will be afforded the chance to ask additional questions of the presenters while socializing over cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres.
Tickets are $10 for students, $25 for public interest and government attorneys, and $45 for all other individuals. Two general CLE credits pending.
All proceeds from the event will fund summer awards for students working for public interest firms and organizations at no charge to their employers. Awards have previously gone to students working for the Oregon Innocence Project, the Metropolitan Public Defenders’ Office, Youth Rights and Justice, and the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
Public Interest Law Project at Lewis & Clark Law School
Phone: (503) 768-6782