COVID-19 | Taking it Online: Jury Research in the Age of COVID-19
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BA, Anthropology, University of Michigan

MS, Informatics, University of California, Irvine.

Hillary C. Abraham, MS

Research & Project Coordinator
Hillary Abraham combines her research and administrative backgrounds to ensure client projects are finished at the highest standard and on time. With nearly a decade of research management experience in academic and industry settings, Hillary has a deep understanding of the research process in a client-facing context. She specializes in planning rigorous research projects on quick timelines, and also has experience conducting interviews, designing surveys, and performing statistical analysis.
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Alerts and Updates

Best Practices for Trial: Insights for Lawyers from Actual Juror Feedback

by: Amit Patel, Jury Consultant In our jury research studies, we have the opportunity to present facts, evidence, arguments, and witnesses to mock jurors and gather their feedback for analysis. While the conditions of a controlled study such as a mock trial can closely mimic those of an actual trial, differences remain and many mock … more »

Strategizing for Trial – Post-Pandemic

Telling your client’s story at trial in a compelling and persuasive way is what trial lawyers do. While the pandemic has delayed most jury trials, the courts are opening up and many trials have moved forward in the last year, some virtually and some with a virtual/in-person twist. How can you still be effective and engage with the jury when trial doesn’t look like it used to? In this ThemeVision Focus video, watch Trisha Volpe’s interview with top Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP trial attorney Nancy Erfle who conducted a recent jury selection via Zoom and was part of the team trying the case in person. Here’s her perspective on trial storytelling during the pandemic and whether some aspect of the virtual trial is here to stay.

Demonstrative Lists/Comparative Lists/Checklists

May 2021 Lists of evidence are often persuasive in the courtroom, but can also be difficult for decision-makers to remember. A Demonstrative Checklist is a great way to summarize lists of items/criteria/requisites and at the same time make those lists vivid and memorable. Use checklists to engage the audience with your case facts. A checklist can … more »

Case Decision Making, Part II: What’s in Your Model?

If the case is about money, it’s helpful to know what the case is worth to those who will eventually decide the issue at trial. Most attorneys probably use reasoned logic in conjunction with the facts of the case to decide this question. Maybe the result is tempered by personal history for those with trial experience. But relying on these things is risky.  

Getting the Deal Done: Part III

As attorneys, we devote much our time to the substance of our arguments for persuasive presentation to opposing counsel, mediators, judges, and jurors. This is rightfully so as we persuade with facts. However, in this COVID era, many courts either remain closed or if open, are seriously backlogged with cases. This means that an increasing number of cases are likely to be decided via negotiation and settlement, rather than in the courtroom.

The COVID Effect Part 2: Measuring the Impact on Juror Perspectives

By Dennis Devine, Dennis Stolle, Trisha Volpe, & Hillary Abraham Jury trials are starting up again—but the world has changed. ThemeVision recently conducted a national survey of 532 U.S. adults to assess the impact of COVID and other 2020 events on civil juries. We previously reported that about half the people we surveyed said they … more »

Trial Storytelling During COVID 2

Telling your client’s story at trial in a compelling and persuasive way is what trial lawyers do. While the pandemic has delayed most jury trials, the courts are opening up and many trials have moved forward in the last year, some virtually and some with a virtual/in-person twist. How can you still be effective and engage with the jury when trial doesn’t look like it used to? In this ThemeVision Focus video, watch Trisha Volpe’s interview with top Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP trial attorney Nancy Erfle who conducted a recent jury selection via Zoom and was part of the team trying the case in person. Here’s her perspective on trial storytelling during the pandemic and whether some aspect of the virtual trial is here to stay.

About Half: New Data on COVID and Jury Pools

ThemeVision’s Nationwide SurveyThemeVision is a litigation consulting firm that counsels clients on jury decision making and conducts jury research in cases around the country. We obtained a diverse, national sample of responses from 532 U.S. adults (locations shown above). Our questions fell into several buckets: Demographics,Health-related behaviors and contracting COVID,Willingness to serve as a juror … more »

Arguments: Quality, Quantity, and the Persuasive Power of Three

we cannot truly know whether the spirit of holiday generosity resounded in the minds of jurors, whether consciously or not. Nevertheless even without the backing of hard science, there is the strong perception of a “holiday effect” upon jurors, and attorneys would be wise to contemplate it during this time of the year, lest they be left with a “Bah humbug!” of a verdict.

Stolle on Jury Trial Decline

Video Series for Litigation Professionals New data reveals meaningful differences of opinion between lawyers and judges about jury trials. Many lawyers and judges have lamented the decline of jury trials over time. But, nobody has really answered the question of exactly why it’s happening. New survey data shows lawyers and judges don’t necessarily agree on … more »

Demonstratives: Digital Graphic Overlays

Digital Graphic Overlays are layered materials designed for presentation on top of or in front of, another image/object. These overlay graphics are usually a set of image layers and often include transparency or opacity.

Defamation Case

ThemeVision designed and implemented an online mock juror survey to assist our client in defending against a defamation claim. This was a commercial case wherein the plaintiff alleged his roofing business had been harmed by a presentation that included material taken from his own company’s website. A large-sample study was conducted in which mock jurors … more »

Organizational Consulting

Conducted social attitude research for a high-profile organizational client in the healthcare sector. Two research studies were conducted. An online survey was first designed and administered to a diverse national sample of U.S. adults to gain a broad sense of community sentiments on several key issues. Then on-site focus groups were held in three different … more »

Financial Advisor Mismanagement Case

ThemeVision conducted a large-sample online mock juror survey in a business dispute involving alleged financial mismanagement. The plaintiff, a professional athlete, alleged that our client, a bank, had failed in its fiduciary duty to prevent the plaintiff’s business manager from handling his finances in an incompetent manner. Mock jurors read a written case summary and … more »

Trade Secret Litigation

ThemeVision designed, coordinated, and facilitated a mock trial study to assist the plaintiff in a high-stakes intellectual property case in federal court. Adult residents of the jurisdiction were recruited to serve as mock jurors in a three-panel study. Mock jurors listened to 1.5 days of case presentation, deliberated in juries, and then engaged in moderated … more »

Family Business Succession Dispute

ThemeVision conducted an on-site focus group study to assist one of the parties in a commercial dispute involving succession within a family business. A ThemeTesting methodology was used to provide mock juror feedback on various witnesses likely to testify for the two sides, and focused discussion about a handful of key issues.

Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

We conducted a large-sample online mock juror survey to assist our client in defending a product liability case involving asbestos exposure. Our client was a well-known manufacturer of auto parts and the plaintiff had worked for many years in an automotive garage. Mock jurors were strategically sampled from several different jurisdictions, read a written summary … more »

Faculty Layoff Case

Designed and implemented an online mock juror survey to aid the defense in a lawsuit brought against a university. The case involved claims of wrongful termination by tenured faculty who were laid off during a period of financial exigency. ThemeVision created and presented a written case summary to a large sample of adult residents of … more »

Get to know the team

Dennis P. Stolle, JD, PhD

Trisha Volpe, JD

Amit Patel, JD, MA

David C. Bartholomew

Dennis J. Devine, PhD, MJ