December 1, 2016

The instructions to the jury are a framework for the verdict form. The verdict form, in turn, formalizes the jury’s decisions on the case, telling us how it will answer the claims and defenses. Its structure and language could influence the jury’s ultimate answers. It...

November 15, 2016

Jury instructions and the verdict form are the keys a jury needs to unlock the proper analysis of the evidence and argument at trial, rendering the jury charge conference a critical aspect of any successful trial strategy.

October 4, 2016

You have been asked to prepare a set of jury instructions and a verdict form for trial . . . . What do you do? Where do you start? And what does this have to do with appellate practice? Here, we offer some basic guidelines for drafting jury instructions and a verdict f...

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