Top Tips for an Effective Voir Dire

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Session END DATE:        06/30/2024
Total CLE Hours:        1.00
Ethics Hrs Included:        0.00
Registration Fee:        $20.00
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Voir dire is your first and longest chance to interact with your potential jurors ... this is the time to connect with them, to understand their perspectives, and to frame the thesis of your case. While every question you ask should be geared toward understanding their perspective, you can also provide your side’s perspective at the same time. Deciding who to strike has been the subject of thorough case law and has reached the Supreme Court of the United States. A portion of this talk will focus on how to ethically evaluate the venire panel, while not depriving jurors of their Constitutional right to serve on a jury, because of their race or gender. This CLE program features streaming video and downloadable audio presentations from a seminar by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) on August 11, 2023. Some of the subjects include:

  • Being Prepared

  • Winning Over Your Panel

  • Filtering Out the Bad Apples

  • Telling Your Story

  • What You Can't Ask

  • Speaker:

    Mukul S. Kelkar, Dentons US LLP.  Mukul is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, with a focus on general commercial litigation. He has experience with commercial, construction, shareholder/partnership and real estate disputes. In his roles as an Assistant District Attorney for the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office and in private practice, Mukul has tried more than 40 bench and jury trials. Recognition: Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America, "One to Watch," in Commercial Litigation, 2024 Recipient of the Texas Lawyer's 2019 "Professional Excellence Awards – On the Rise" award for his “mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State and beyond".  More information may be found on his firm's website.


    This course is approved for CLE credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238).  Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation requirements.

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