Trial Magazine

Trial is AAJ's award-winning magazine for attorneys, law professors, judges and others in the legal community. Trial brings readers news of the latest legal trends and developments, informative articles about civil law practice, coverage of recent verdicts and settlements in a wide range of practice areas, and commentary and analysis on emerging legal issues.

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2016 September—Trial Tactics: The Power of Bias

Volume 52, No. 9

Jurors want to do the right thing, and your clients depend on you to explain their stories to the jury. Trial’s September issue focuses on the power of bias at trial and how to use it to help your clients and hold harmful actors accountable. Get tips on how to illustrate causation more effectively, how to connect with jurors, and how to approach the most common biases.

Theme articles

  • By the numbers
    Gregory S. Cusimano
  • Sidebar: Lights, camera, opening!
    Randi McGinn
  • Causation in the courtroom
    Valerie P. Hans and Jennifer K. Robbennolt
  • Sidebar: Connecting with jurors' morality and emotions
    Larry V. Roberts
  • 5 Ways to approach juror bias
    Jerome F. O'Neill
  • Screening the jury pool
    Brandon Vaughn

Also Featured

  • Coming together in the face of tragedy
    Anthony Tarricone
  • A call to action
    Larry Stewart and Leo Boyle interviewed by Alyssa E. Lambert
  • A guiding light
    Michael Phelan
  • We are Orlando
    Ryan Watson
  • Never give up
    Thomas Fortune Fay

President's Page

  • Two ways to help
    Julie Braman Kane

Justice in Motion

  • The powerful legacy of Harry Philo
    Jules B. Olsman
  • Use focus groups to prepare your case
  • A milestone for LGBT lawyers
    Diane M. Zhang
  • Remember and volunteer on 9/11

Verdicts & Settlements

  • Deputy shoots and paralyzes unarmed bicyclist
  • Failure to remedy defect in public roadway
  • Door component detaches, striking tenant's head
  • Toddler dies in fall from stadium's box suite
  • Constitutional violations by state caseworkers
  • Negligent operation of crane

On the Hill

  • Assault on the ancient documents exception
    Susan Steinman

Good Counsel

  • Seeing is believing
    Stacey E. Burke
  • Better together
    Florence J. Murray

Question of the Month

  • How did 9/11 impact you?

Supreme Court Review

  • A class action shift
    Erwin Chemerinsky


  • Plaintiff prevails in forklift design case
    Ryan Watson

Tech Brief

  • Climbing the online search ladder
    Seth Price


  • Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System
    Edited by Devon Johnson, Patricia Y. Warren and Amy Farrell


  • The lighter side of the law