Paulette Chapman Teaches Lawyers About Jury Selection

By Peter DePaolis

How important is juror selection in trial law? It can be essential in getting the best possible outcome in many injury cases.

With this in mind, on February 5, our very own attorney Paulette Chapman taught the D.C. Bar Association’s “Jury Selection” class to lawyers as a part of the Essential Trial Skills Series. Since 1999, Chapman has taught this class with defense attorney Dwight Murray, joined by Janet Mitchell, Chief of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. The three-hour class presents the details of jury selection in a process called voir dire, “to speak the truth.”

“While trial lawyers work hard in crafting their opening statements and closing arguments at trial, one of the most critical parts of the trial is picking the jury. It requires knowledge of the voir dire process with the goal of selecting jurors who are the best fit for your clients’ case,” Chapman said.

Chapman also serves on the Trial Structure Group of the Council for Court Excellence’s Jury Project: Jury Service in the 21st Century. 

Chapman said, “Jury service is a fundamental right, like voting. Anything that can be done to enhance the experience and instill in citizens enthusiasm and awareness of their important role is all to the good of our communities.”

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Paulette Chapman can be reached at or 202 822-1884.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.