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Anatomy of a Trial - Part II: Jury Selection

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Jury selection is the opportunity afforded to lawyers to affect the makeup of the panel which will sit in judgment of their client. The goal is to learn enough about the prospective jurors to decide which ones will be open to your client's position.

Lecturer Bio

Edward L. Birnbaum, Esq.

Edward Birnbaum is an accomplished trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel in more than 60 federal and state court trials. His proven track record of success includes defending manufacturers in the transportation industry in complex, high-exposure product liability trials involving catastrophic injuries as well as commercial litigation. He has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) as well as federal and state courts. A prolific author and frequent lecturer on litigation strategy, trial tactics, and techniques, Edward is widely recognized as a leading authority on trial practice. He is currently a member of the Judiciary Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association, where he interviews prospective and sitting judges. This is one of many noteworthy affiliations; among others, he was chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the Supreme Court and Action Unit #6, and was a member of the NYSBA’s House of Delegates and Committee on Judicial Campaign Conduct. As an adjunct faculty member of the New York University School of Continuing Education, Edward teaches a course on the Civil Practice Law and Rules. Among his many professional recognitions, he was chosen by the American Registry as one of “America’s Most Honored Professionals,” an award received by only 10 percent of all recognized American professionals. It is the only cross-profession, cross-industry honor based on a quantitative analysis of authenticated public recognitions. Edward is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in numerous directories of leading lawyers. Before joining Goldberg Segalla, he was the head of litigation for a major law firm based in Manhattan. Professional Affiliations •New York State Bar Association: Former chairman, Committee on the Supreme Court and Action Unit #6; former member, House of Delegates and Committee on Judicial Campaign Conduct •Member, Judiciary Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association •Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York, and Small Claims Division of the Civil Court of the City of New York •Adjunct faculty member, New York University School of Continuing Education •Fellow, Roscoe Pound Institute, New York State Bar Foundation •Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America •Research fellow, American Biographical Institute Honors •Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale–Hubbell •Subject of biographies in Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in the East; Who’s Who of Contemporary Achievement for Outstanding Contributions to Society; Sterling Who’s Who; International Who’s Who of Professionals; and International Who’s Who •Recognized by the Marquis Who’s Who family for 25 years as a listee •Recognized by International Directory of Distinguished Leadership •Recognized by International Leaders in Achievement, Men of Achievement •Recognized by Community Leaders of America •Recognized by the Dictionary of International Biography •Recognized by One Thousand Great Americans and One Thousand Great Intellectuals •Honored as International Biological Centre Legal Professional of the Year, 2003 •Honored with International Biographical Centre 21st Century Award for Achievement •Honored as one of 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century — 2nd Edition •Recognized by Eminent People of Today •Recognized by Great Minds of the 21st Century •Recognized by The Heritage Registry of Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals •Chosen to represent the legal community in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals •Chosen by the American Registry as one America’s Most Honored Professionals •Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers •Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America; New York area list published in New York Magazine •Recognized in AVENUE magazine’s list of top litigators in New York City Admitted to Practice •New York •U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York •U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit •U.S. Supreme Court Community Involvement •Chairperson, Village of Saddle Rock Board of Appeals •President, Saddle Rock Civic Association •Director, Kensington Woods Homeowners’ Association Education •Queens College, B.A., 1961 •New York University School of Law, LL.B., 1964

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