This is the official podcast of Lawyer Minds. We’ll discuss news related to the Lawyer Minds ecosystem and the legal industry in general.
Lisa Blue Baron Introduces Her New Book and Podcast
Lisa Blue Baron, a trial attorney at Athea Trial Lawyers, has had a prolific legal career that has made a monumental impact on the industry. She was elected President of the American Association for Justice in 2014 and has written multiple books that attorneys consider required reading including her 2004 book, Blue’s Guide to Jury Selection, the ‘bible’ of jury selection. In 2015, she was inducted into the U.S. Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame.
She joins us on the pod to introduce her new book. Expected to be released in 2023, the book —complete with visual guides—aims to help judges improve their social and emotional intelligence skills and better connect with juries. The jury selection process is crucial to any trial, and the better a judge can understand and connect with jury members, the better that trial will be.
Tune in for a sneak peek at some of the tips her book will include, as well as to learn about a brand new podcast Lisa is working on that will be featured on Lawyer Minds. The new podcast will be called “How to Be a Great Trial Judge” and aims to help judges improve their professional skillsets. There are key differences that set a decent judge apart from a great one. This pod will delve into those differences and help judges do their jobs to the best of their ability.
Lawyer Minds #29 - Continuing the Fight for the Sutherland Springs’ Victims w/ Jamal Alsaffar
Jamal Alsaffar of Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC returns to the pod to discuss the most recent developments of the trial for the 2017 Sutherland Springs mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Tad Thomas and Mike Campbell first talked with Jamal about the case in August 2021, during the case’s liability phase. During this phase of the trial, the federal government was found to be 60% liable for failing to hold the shooter accountable for acts of domestic violence and threats he conducted before the shooting occurred. In Texas, that 60% translates to 100%.
Earlier this year, a verdict for $230,000,000 was reached during the damages phase of the trial—an amount the government is fully liable for. Currently, the case is in the appeal phase.
In the pod, Jamal discusses what the appeal phase looks like for a massive case of this nature, what the government’s options are and how the case was handled, and some of the implications of the case’s resolution. This case has been groundbreaking in multiple ways due to the way the courts have had to take a long, hard look at gun laws in our nation as well as the ramifications of a shooting of this size.
Jamal also discusses the incredible complexities of the trial, which involved 26 instances of wrongful death and 22 injuries. The organizational complexities alone were tremendous. Learn how Jamal and his team structured the trial to present all of the pertinent information in the most powerful way possible to speak on behalf of the victims and their families and how Jamal fought with everything he had to ensure the victims received a fair verdict.
PEOPIL and Trial Law in Europe w/ Ana Romero
The podcast goes abroad! In this episode, Tad and Mike talk with Ana Romero, an outstanding trial lawyer from Spain and the current President of PEOPIL, the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers. In the pod, Ana describes the differences between the American civil justice system and the civil justice system in countries throughout Europe. She also discusses her work with PEOPIL, which was founded by European lawyers to improve and promote judicial co-operation and mutual knowledge of legal and judicial systems of European jurisdictions in the field of personal injury law.
The Alex Jones Trial and Strike for Cause w/ Robert Swafford
Robert Swafford is the founder and owner of Strike for Cause Jury Consulting, as well as the creator of the Strike for Cause Method of Jury Selection. Robert attended Baylor University where he received his B.A. in Economics and his J.D. from Baylor Law School. He has extensive training in powerful listening and effective speaking, as well as expertise in the field of ontology. In the podcast, Robert talks about using his ontological approach to strike jurors that biased to your case and how he implemented these methods during the Alex Jones trial in Texas.
Healthy Eating Options for the Busy Lawyer w/ Sara Mandell
Every lawyer looks for an advantage in the courtroom or in the office. In this podcast, health coach Sara Mandell explains the one advantage all lawyers can give themselves every single day: Eating healthy. All lawyers are busy – we all know it. However, as Sara explains, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated or confusing. All that it takes is simple planning and improved choices. Not only is Sara married to a great trial lawyer, but she works with numerous working professionals who are always on the go. She knows first-hand how full our days can get and explains how we can make minor adjustments to our eating habits to help us lead more productive and healthy lives. Her motto “nourish to flourish,” is something all lawyers should consider the next time they’re at the grocery store or thinking about what they want for lunch.
To learn more about how Sara can help you flourish with your food choices, please visit her site at: https://www.nourishingnightingale.com
The National Civil Justice Institute w/ Chris Nace
Friend of the show, Chris Nace, joins Tad and Mike to talk about the National Civil Justice Institute (formerly “Pound Institute”) and its growth into the future. As President for 2022-23, Chris shares exciting developments about the organization, including its rebrand to “The National Civil Justice Institute.” The Institute is largely known for its annual Judge’s Forum, which brings together numerous state appellate court judges to discuss evolving issues in the justice system in a way that allows a balanced and free exchange of ideas. However, the Institute has grown beyond the Forum and is now becoming known for the breadth of its work and passionate support of the civil justice system, including recognizing individuals across the country for their appellate advocacy and academic contributions to ensuring our civil justice system stays fair and open to the public.
Awesome production. Awesome host. Great interviews. 10/10 recommended.
Thank you for for making me think!
To often, We, I mean I, get stuck in a mindset...your experience has really opened my eyes! I await future episodes!