The DAYL Voir Dire Seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, between 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the George Allen Sr. Courthouse. This program will provide an informative hands-on CLE on what some experts call the most important aspect of a trial – voir dire.  The seminar will begin with a panel discussion and mock voir dire with Judge Martin Hoffman, Mike Gruber, Andy Payne, and Jason Bloom. Following the panel discussion, participants will engage in an actual voir dire in front of a mock jury where they will receive feedback from highly experienced litigators and judges. Participating judges include Judge Phyllis Lister Brown, Judge Carlos Cortez, Judge Mark Greenberg, Judge Martin Hoffman, Judge Sally Montgomery, Judge Tonya Parker, Judge Gena Slaughter, Judge Ken Tapscott, and Judge Dale Tillery.

The program will teach this crucial trial skill by using a combination of lecture, demonstration, and small group exercises. Participants will learn and then practice in small groups how to uncover venire persons’ prejudice and bias, build and make challenges for cause, and the proper method of rehabilitation. The following experienced attorneys will be available to critique the participants’ voir dire: Mike Gruber, Andy Payne, Bill Liebbe, Nisha Byers, Shonn Brown, Rachel Ziolkowski, Melanie Okon, Stephanie Baenisch, Todd Ramsey, Dan Steppick, Jonathan Spiegel, Mark Frenkel, Lea Dearing, and David Ragsdale.

DAYL has requested 3.0 hours of CLE credit from the State Bar of Texas. There is limited space available and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations will be available at the door to the extent that space is available. An impromptu happy hour will be held at the downtown Omni hotel afterward.

The cost to attend is only $20 for DAYL members and $30 for non-DAYL members. Seating is limited. Attendees may sign up to either participate and conduct a voir dire or watch the process. To register for the seminar or to obtain additional information, please email Cherie Harris at or visit

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