Judging Juries: Examining Jury Engagement and Exclusion

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
333 Constitution Avenue, NW; Ceremonial Courtroom 20, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
National Event


Judging Juries: Examining Jury Engagement and Exclusion

On Monday, October 31, 2011, ACS hosted Judging Juries: Examining Jury Engagement and Exclusion.The right to a jury trial is rooted among the Constitution’s guarantees of freedom and liberty, making jurors constitutional actors to ensure fair and impartial trials in our democracy. Over the years, the Supreme Court has fleshed out just what this right means as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment. The Court has made it clear that this right requires “a jury of one’s peers,” which means selecting potential jurors from a pool of citizens that reflect the diversity of the community.

Given the important role jurors play in carrying out the Constitution’s promise; and the Supreme Court’s instruction on what makes that promise fair and just, how do we explain the apathy that surrounds jury participation? What can be done to change society’s attitude with respect to this civic – and constitutional – responsibility? In the 25 years since Batson v. Kentucky, to what extent do racial, gender, and other biases continue to play a role in jury selection? How is bias in jury selection proved and remedied? This program will consider these and other questions in examining the Sixth Amendment’s right to a jury trial.

Welcome and Introductions by Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society

Featured Address by Senior Judge Ricardo M. Urbina, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Panel Discussion featured:

  • Moderator, Liliana Coronado, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Office of the Federal Public Defender; Detailee, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Senior Judge Gregory E. Mize, Superior Court of the District of Columbia; Judicial Fellow, Center for Jury Studies, National Center for State Courts
  • Alicia D’Addario, Senior Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Andrew G. Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Law, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia
  • Scott Patterson, State’s Attorney, Talbot County, Maryland

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