Loyola University Chicago

Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy

School of Law

Jury Deliberation in the Age of Social Media

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW

Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy
presents

The Philip H. Corboy Lecture in Advocacy

“Jury Deliberation in the Age of Social Media”

Monday, October 24, 2016
5:30 PM

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 East Pearson Street, Chicago
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom 10th Floor 

The power of digital connection and disconnection is evident in everyday life through our use and reliance on smart phones and other technology to keep us in constant contact with our social networks.  The Supreme Court in Riley v. California has acknowledged that a juror’s smart device contains the individual narrative of his or her private life.  Patrick Brayer, Deputy District Defender of the St. Louis County Trial Office, will share his research on whether the modern-day trial attorney or trial judge is aware of the effects of digital isolation on the contemporary juror caused by court rules regulating the use or possession of smart phones and other digital devices by sitting jurors.  An experienced panel of experts will respond to the presentation and share their thoughts on the new generation of jurors that have grown up in a society where constant connection to social networks is the norm.

AGENDA

Welcome and Introduction
Professor Zelda Harris, Director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy

 SPEAKER
The Disconnected Juror: Smart Devices and Juries in the Digital Age of Litigation”
Patrick C. Brayer

RESPONDENTS
The Net Generation
Mary Ann Becker

Judge’s Perspective
Hon. Lorna E. Propes

Practitioner’s Perspective
Dena Singer

Q & A 

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 1.0 credit hour. 

Free and open to the public.  Admission is $10 for those seeking Illinois MCLE credit.

Register

The Annual Philip H. Corboy Lecture features a prominent speaker on some aspect of advocacy, and is open to the professional community.  The Corboy Lectures were established as part of the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship program. The first lectures took place during the 1995-96 academic year.

Please join us for a reception following the program. 

SPEAKER

Patrick C. Brayer, Deputy District Defender of the St. Louis County Trial Office
Patrick Brayer is a legal essayist and full time public defender supervisor. He is a 28 year veteran of the Missouri State Public Defender System (MSPD) Trial Division and the Deputy District Defender of the St. Louis County Trial Office.  His articles, essays and podcast have appeared online in numerous publications and top law journals. His teaching materials on implicit bias and jury selection have been utilized by the American Bar Association and the NAPD.  He is a frequent lecturer and presenter on cross-examination, student practice, clinical legal education, jury selection, and combating hidden bias.  His presentation is based on his most recent publication, “The Disconnected Juror: Smart Devices and Juries in the Digital Age of Litigation,” (2016) Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy Online.  Paper 5.

RESPONDENTS

Professor Mary Ann Becker, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Prior to joining Loyola University Chicago School of Law as the associate director of its Writing Programs and Academic Support, Mary Ann Becker taught legal research and writing to first, second, and third-year law students at DePaul University College of Law and a Law and Literature seminar to undergraduates at the DePaul University College of Arts and Sciences.  Most recently, she published “Understanding the Tethered Generation:  Net Gens Come to Law School,” 53 Duquesne Law Review 9 (2015), which analyzes the social and historical events that make up the cultural viewpoint of the youngest generation of Americans and how this particular perspective will shape legal education. 

Honorable Lorna E. Propes (JD ’75), Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Lorna Propes is a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Before her appointment to the bench in 2010, Propes was one of Chicago’s most successful trial lawyers, specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.  Judge Propes practiced as a trial lawyer for 30 years, most recently as a partner in the firm of Propes and Kaveny LLC.  She has served for more than 25 years as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and has been an active lecturer and instructor for the American Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and numerous other professional organizations.  

Dena Singer, Assistant Public Defender, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
Dena M. Singer is an experienced trial lawyer with over 15 years of criminal trial experience.  She is an assistant Cook County public defender currently assigned to the Felony Trial Division, where she has secured beneficial verdicts in numerous cases for her clients.  She has successfully tried hundreds of bench trials and over a 100 jury trials as a first chair to verdict covering charges from murder to drug cases. 

LINKS TO ARTICLES

“The Disconnected Juror: Smart Devices and Juries in the Digital Age of Litigation,” (2016) Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy Online.  Paper 5. 
http://scholarship.law.nd.edu/ndjlepp_online/5/
Author:  Patrick C. Brayer

“Understanding the Tethered Generation:  Net Gens Come to Law School,” 53 Duquesne Law Review 9 (2015). 
http://lawecommons.luc.edu/facpubs/523/
Author:  Mary Ann Becker