Principles and Practice of Trial Consultation

Principles and Practice of Trial Consultation

by Stanley L. Brodsky PhD

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A pragmatic guide to a growing area of professional practice, this book describes the multiple roles of the trial consultant and provides tools for carrying them out competently and ethically. Leading authority Stanley Brodsky uses examples from actual trials and depositions to illustrate how knowledge and skills from psychology and related fields are applied in the legal context. He shows how to use scientific methods and findings to assist with jury selection, help attorneys focus their arguments, prepare witnesses for the rigors of cross-examination, and conduct change of venue evaluations. The examples are drawn from a wide range of civil and criminal cases. In addition to behavioral scientists, legal professionals also will find important insights and strategies in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606233900
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/04/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stanley L. Brodsky, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he coordinates the Psychology-Law PhD concentration. He is the author of over 200 articles and chapters and 12 books, including Testifying in Court, a bestseller; The Expert Expert Witness; and Coping with Cross-Examination. Dr. Brodsky received the 2006 Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law Award from the American Psychology-Law Society, an award given on only seven other occasions. Previous recipients include former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Brodsky maintains an independent practice in trial consultation and forensic psychology.

Table of Contents

I. Essential Issues in Trial Consultation

1. Introduction to Trial Consultation

2. The Case Conceptualization

3. Toolbox for Trial Consultants

II. Preparation of Witnesses and Attorneys

4. Witness Preparation for Testifying in Court

5. Preparation and Examination of Expert Witnesses

6. Witness Preparation: Findings from the Lab

III. Jury Selection Principles and Case Studies

7. Jury Selection: Basic Approaches

8. Jury Selection: Internet Sex Offenders and Juror Sexual Values

9. No Questions but Deselection Questions

10. Jury Selection: Reversals

IV. Changes of Venue

11. Change of Venue Consultations

12. Surveys of Pretrial Bias: A Case Report

V. Putting It Together

13. Trial Consultation in a Capital Murder Case: Integrating the Components of Trial Consultation

14. Trial Consultation in Eminent Domain Cases

15. Where Next for Trial Consulting?: Emerging Trends and Limitations


Psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and other behavioral scientists involved in trial consultation; students in forensic psychology and psychiatry. Also of interest to attorneys and law students. May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses in forensic psychology, psychology and law, and related topics.

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