"Death of a Trial Lawyer, The Fading Future of Federal Civil Jury Trials," The Federal Lawyer

December 20, 2013

In the December 2013 issue, The Federal Lawyer published Joseph Sullivan’s article “Death of a Trial Lawyer, The Fading Future of Federal Civil Jury Trials.” In the article, Sullivan says the impact of the decline in civil jury trials on our federal court system depends on an individual analysis of why cases are increasingly not proceeding to the trial stage. He suggests several reasons for the decrease in jury trials including an increase of resolutions and settlements via alternative dispute resolution methods; increasing costs associated with jury trials; and the high risks associated with trial. Sullivan believes that because the practice of law is unquestionably changing, the expectations, experience and skills of litigators will have to change as well. For the full article, please click here.

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