Jury mediation: A new tool to resolve cases

imageSpeculation over idiosyncratic evidence, personalities of the witnesses and individual juror experiences and beliefs can cause parties to settle cases that are better tried and try cases that are better settled. While jury uncertainty can create fear that results in settlement, it can also cause parties to pay too much or accept too little. To address these concerns, some lawyers have started participating in "jury mediations." In jury mediations, the parties agree to conduct a mutual focus group or mock trial where the attorneys present short summaries of the case, show a few documents and maybe present some brief witness testimony.

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Irv Blank named 'Leader of the Year' (access required)

imageIrving M. Blank was elected as Virginia Lawyers Weekly's “Leader of the Year” by the 31-member “Leaders in the Law” honorees Class of 2011. Blank was honored for his service as the 2010-2011 Virginia State Bar president, a tenure that was marked by a tug of war with both the governor and the General Assembly over money for judgeships and the VSB’s own financial reserve.

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