Sonia Chopra

Thursday, October 28th, 2021 // From 8:30am to 12:00pm

Subject: Psychology of Jury Selection

3 hr Lecture


Sonia has 20 years of experience in high profile trials and has been part of trial teams that achieved some of the highest verdicts in California and in Las Vegas, including for Brian Panish, Mark Robinson, and other prominent trial lawyers whose verdicts with her include: $2 billion against Monsanto, $417 million against Johnson & Johnson, and $160.5 million in Las Vegas for a traumatic brain injury.

Lecture Details

Psychology of Decision-Making

  • Overview of key social science concepts to remember including defensive attribution, cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, fundamental attribution error, black sheep effect, confirmation bias, etc.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Identifying voir dire topics
  • Mini openings: underpromise and overdeliver
  • Deselection not selection: find the bad, hide the good
  • Attorney demeanor and style
  • Crafting questionnaires and voir dire questions
  • Dealing with time constraints
  • Questions to avoid
  • Challenges for cause
  • Batson wheeler challenges

Think Outside of the Box: Strategic Application to Novel Cases

  • Interactive discussion regarding case strategy and jury selection approach. Selected attendees can practice voir dire with mock jurors in attendance.
  • Case Analysis: Product Liability / MDL
  • Case Analysis: Police Misconduct
  • Case Analysis: Child Abuse 

The Impossible Case: “How the Sausage is Made”

  • Learn strategies for putting the defense on the defensive
  • Watch Sonia and the PSB Team identify, dissect, and flip case weaknesses in preparation for jury selection and trial.

Live Jury Selection with audience participation.