The Psychology of the Courtroom


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Thursday, May 10, 2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Harrah's ResortAtlantic City, NJ


Melissa M. Gomez, Ph.D.
MMG Jury Consulting LLC
Philadelphia, PA 


Program Moderators:

Paul R. D'Amato, Esq.
D'Amato Law Firm
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Mitchell F. Ramirez, Esq.
Brady, Brady & Reilly, LLC
Kearny, NJ

Melissa M. Gomez, Ph.D.

The psychology of the courtroom involves more than just jurors. It involves public attitudes, media trends, political climate, case messengers and ourselves as attorneys. 
Join nationally known jury consultant and author of both “Jury Trials Outside In: Leveraging Psychology from Discovery to Decision” and “The Witness Preparation Partner: A Guide to Becoming the Ready Messenger” for a three-hour seminar that takes us on a journey through the psychological issues that affect jury trials. Our tour starts with a broad look at political and community issues and guides us through the courtroom, ending with an introspective look at ourselves as lawyers. 
What questions will be explored?
How are young Millennials affecting the jury pool?
What impact does the recent media focus on #metoo, political corruption and
  corporate scandal have on juror decision-making?
What changes have been seen in the jury pool since the transition
  of political power in 2017?
How do jurors define “fair?”
What are the pitfalls plaintiffs face with today’s jury?
How must we account for the psychology of our own witness messengers at trial?
Are we paying enough attention to our own psychology and the
  resulting peripheral messages we are sending?
Melissa M. Gomez holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked on over 700 jury trials across the United States with a focus on the psychology of learning, behavior and decision-making.  Dr. Gomez is the author of two books: Jury Trials Outside-In: Leveraging Psychology from Discovery to Decision, and The Witness Preparation Partner: A Guide to Becoming the Ready Messenger.  She has also published several articles in the Legal Intelligencer, Law360.
She has appeared on Fox 29 News, NBC’s “10! Show,” CNN’s “In Session,” MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” and National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”  She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Baltimore Sun.

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ABOUT THE SEMINAR: The Boardwalk Seminar 2018 features 29 seminars over three days. The advantage of this unique format is that you may move from seminar to seminar, hearing different topics as desired and thereby creating a seminar tailored to your specific needs.

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MCLE Credits
New Jersey - (Earn 3.60 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits)
New York - (Earn 3.60 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)
Pennsylvania - (Earn 3.0 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)

Full-Time Judges, Full-Time Law School Professors, 
Judicial Law Clerks & Law Student Members

Registration is complimentary for the seminar.
Pre-registration is required.

Course Materials
The seminar course materials will be online for attendees
to download on May 4, 2018.

Onsite/Door Registration: 
An additional $25 will be added to all program fees for onsite registration.

Friday, May 4th is the last day for a refund (minus $20).
All cancellations must be in writing.

After Friday, cancellations and no shows will receive a credit (minus $20)
automatically good for 1 year for a future seminar or
 an on-demand seminar at


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