Alexis Knutson's Posts

  • The Less Than Perfect Client

    The Radiolab spinoff podcast More Perfect recently aired an episode titled The Imperfect Plaintiffs, detailing the case of Lawrence v. Texas, a landmark Supreme Court case that evaluated the constitutionality of anti-sodomy laws. (If you haven’t heard of More Perfect, …

  • Alternative Facts Don’t Fly in the Jury Room

    Alternative facts seem to be getting in the way a lot these days. Sean Spicer’s representation that President Trump’s January 20 inauguration audience “…was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” …

  • Surprise! Time for the Post Trial Juror Interview

    To say that some were surprised by the results of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff trial would be an understatement. And it didn’t just come as a surprise to the prosecution – it’s likely that attorneys on both sides …

  • From Good to Great: Communication Tips to Address Two Common Communication Barriers Women Face

    Originally published in Defense News, Summer 2016 We recently had the pleasure of meeting with a group of female professionals at a roundtable luncheon to discuss the communication issues they felt were keeping them “good” communicators, not “great” communicators. They …

  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Slow Down: Slow-Motion Bias in Civil Trials

    In 2009, John Lewis stood trial for shooting and killing a police officer in Philadelphia during an armed robbery of a doughnut store. In an unexpected turn of events, Lewis plead guilty to murder on the fourth day of jury …

  • Justice Seekers or Rogue Jurors? - Shining the Spotlight on Jury Nullification

    Jury nullification, or the power of the jury to disregard a law if they either do not agree with a law or feel it has been applied unjustly, has gained media exposure recently across the nation. The New Hampshire House …

  • Religious Discrimination Cases in the Secular Pacific Northwest

    The South has Evangelical Christians, the Midwest has Protestant Christians, the Northeast and Southwest have Catholics, and the Pacific Northwest has “nones.” In 2014 the Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Atlas found that Seattle was tied at second place …

  • A Picture’s Worth - Using Graphics in Trial

    The phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words” has never been more appropriate than when applied to the use of graphics during trial. Jurors not only understand messages more thoroughly when attorneys use a combination of spoken words and …

  • Published in The Jury Expert: Identifying Googling Jurors

    The Googling Juror is becoming increasingly important to identify. In the December 2015 issue of The Jury Expert, researchers Alexis Knutson of Tsongas Litigation Consulting with Edie Greene and Robert Durham of University of Colorado Colorado Springs published an article …

  • More Than a Feelin': Using Small Group Research to Inform Settlement Decisions in Civil Lawsuits

    We are excited to share with you the recent publication of Alexis Knutson, M.A., Tsongas Research Associate, with Natalie Gordon and Edie Greene, Ph.D. of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in the Georgia State University Law Review. The article describes …

  • Keeping Your Mock Trial from Falling and Your Focus Group from Failing

    Clients often ask us, as jury consulting experts, to explain the distinction between mock trials and focus groups. The delineation is subtle but important, but as the clock slowly ticks closer to the lunch hour, I find myself unable to …

  • If You Want to Know, Just Ask: Using Post-Trial Juror Interviews to Dissect Your Case

    The Serial podcast comes up often at family gatherings, as my aunt and I have both spent years in the legal field.  We discuss whether Adnan can argue ineffective assistance of counsel, if the case was proven beyond a reasonable …

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