The National Trial Lawyers association has drawn together attorneys from across the country of the most outstanding caliber. Traditionally, NTL had been an association for civil trial lawyers, but recently they recognized that criminal defense attorneys share many things in common with civil lawyers -- perhaps most notably, a passion for trial. Our NTL ranks include 5000 civil lawyers and 5000 criminal lawyers.
Our program this year featured a mix of civil and criminal defense lawyers speaking about the different aspects of trial. Distinguished civil trial lawyer Howard Nations gave an amazing presentation about the psychology of jury selection, and I spoke about the concept of “Dynamic Voir Dire,” a process where every jury question serves multiple purposes: to reveal biases, to foster connections between potential jurors, and to build a rapport with the venire, and to introduce the critical themes of the case. Willy Gary gave an amazing presentation on winning big with great closings, and Chris Searcy blessed us with a moving, impassioned closing argument.