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Litigation Two-Part Program: 1) Jury Selection and Juror Attitudes in the Post-COVID World, and 2) How Going All Electric May Impact the Future of Fire Litigation

March 23, 2021

Join Dykema attorneys Jeffrey Cox, Rebekah Hudgins and Deron Wade, and jury consultant, Jill M. Leibold, Ph.D., for a two-part presentation, first discussing jury selection as the pandemic recedes and then considering the future of fire litigation as the automotive industry turns electric.

First, as litigation and the court system in the U.S. begin to shift into a post-pandemic phase, many jurisdictions are evaluating when and how to return to modified normal operation, including resuming jury trials. In a Q&A format, Deron Wade will discuss learnings from remote jury selection with Jill M. Leibold, Ph.D. director of jury research for Litigation Insights, and will explore what changes companies and counsel should expect going forward in jury selection and juror attitudes as state and federal courts begin the arduous work of unwinding backlogged civil dockets and preparing to restart jury trials. They will also break down what the future may hold for trying cases in the immediate post-COVID era.

Second, Jeffrey Cox and Rebekah Hudgins will discuss how going all electric will create a number of issues and challenges including whether the U.S. electric grids will be prepared for the added demand, whether there will be adequate charging stations and infrastructure, and whether the end result will really be a cleaner environment. In addition, automakers will also need to consider how electric vehicles will impact vehicle fires and fire litigation.  Battery fires will occur and when they do they will create new and unique firefighting challenges as well as health risks to first responders and others being exposed to the toxic fumes. This part of the presentation will focus on some of these challenges as we move closer to an EV world.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

Speakers: Jeffrey Cox, Member, Dallas; Rebekah Hudgins, Associate, Dallas; Deron Wade, Member, Dallas and Jill M. Leibold, Ph.D., Director of Jury Research – Litigation Insights

CLE accreditation is anticipated for California, Illinois and Texas. We provide Uniform Certificates of Attendance and jurisdiction-specific information for those licensed in other jurisdictions. HRCI eligibility will be determined after the program. If HRCI accredited, we provide Certificates of Attendance to all attendees who return a completed Record of Attendance. Please contact Kelsey Rustigian at krustigian@dykema.com with questions.

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