(2015) Jury Instructions: Plain Language and Schema Theory

Credits: 1 General CLE Credit (NV)
Price: $70

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Topics: 

  • Examine how “schemas,” or the preexisting notions jurors have about the law, shape jurors’ use of jury instructions, even when jurors are given “plain-language” instructions.
  • Examine the social science research on schema theory to understand how schemas continue to influence jurors’ use of “plain” jury instructions.
  • Identify ways lawyers and judges can counteract inappropriate schemas and activate legally appropriate schemas before jurors are introduced to facts in a trial.
  • Use principles of cognitive and educational psychology to develop jurors’ schemas for applicable legal concepts, allowing for more thoughtful and more accurate jury decision-making.

Speaker: Sara Gordon, Associate Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law/UNLV

This seminar was recorded on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

 

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