Energy Law

Effective and Creative Uses of Jury Research for 2021 Energy Litigation

Apr 29, 2021

Webinar begins at 12:30 pm CDT

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MCLE Credit available

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Duration: 1 hour

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Bob Dylan said in 1964 “The Times They Are a-Changing”. Fast-forward to 2021 and energy companies are litigating in varying pandemic conditions, with fluctuating commodity prices, shrinking legal budgets, and roller coaster timelines triggered by courts’ schedulings and re-schedulings, etc. This requires legal teams to be creative to effectively and efficiently execute jury research. Drs. Boully and Spiecker share non-traditional ideas for focus groups, witness testing, virtual mock trials and more – all designed to help energy companies and the attorneys who represent them effectively prepare cases for jury and non-jury factfinder trials in today’s environment.

Concrete take-aways include:

  • What do jurors think of your experts and how they can better communicate complex concepts?
  • How to teach the science of your case to science-skeptic jurors?
  • Which techniques return the best results in your virtual research?
  • How can you best calculate your risk exposure in a larger pool of mock jurors?

Webinar begins at 12:30 pm CDT
Duration: 1 hour


Shelley C. Spiecker, Ph.D.
Senior Litigation Consultant
Persuasion Strategies
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Shelley C. Spiecker has been advising attorneys and developing strategic trial solutions for over 26 years. With a doctorate in legal communication, Dr. Spiecker has extensive experience in case strategy, witness preparation, and trial persuasion. She uses her experience and knowledge of juror, judge and arbitrator decision making to advise clients on trial tactics, settlement strategies, and jury selection. Since 2002 Dr. Spiecker has specialized in litigation involving the oil and gas industry. She has worked with over 50 different energy companies on cases ranging from royalty disputes, legacy environmental matters, personal injury, lease disputes, and drilling problems on and offshore. Dr. Spiecker has received national recognition for her significant work in energy litigation and is frequently asked to lecture on emerging research findings to industry leaders.

Kevin Boully, Ph.D.
Senior Litigation Consultant
Persuasion Strategies
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Kevin Boully has been actively working in litigation as a strategist, consultant, researcher, and writer, for the last 19 years. His advanced degrees in forensic psychology and legal communication focus on persuasion, small group influence, and jury decision making. Dr. Boully has researched and advised on a range of cases – with deep experience in oil and gas litigation from royalty disputes to environmental matters, and everything in between. He is the coauthor of a book on persuasion in litigation entitled Patently Persuasive, published by the American Bar Association and is currently writing two additional books on persuasion in civil litigation. Dr. Boully is a current Board Member of the American Society of Trial Consultants and past Associate Editor and advisor to its publication, The Jury Expert. He has published and presented on litigation and legal persuasion topics across the United States.

CLE Credit

Texas Course Number: 174119166. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.0 credit hours, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit.

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