Faculty: Prof. Samuel Sommers, Chair Department of Psychology,
Tufts University, Prof. Valarie Hans, Charles F. Rechlin Professor of Law,
Cornell Law School, William Snowden, Founder, The Juror Project, and moderator Monica Milton, Public Defense Counsel, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Summary: Over 50 years ago, former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall observed, “When any large and identifiable segment of the community is excluded from jury service… its exclusion deprives the jury of a perspective on human events that may have unsuspected importance in any case that may be presented.” Join us for a conversation about jury diversity. We will review behavioral science research on how a group’s composition affects its dynamics and performance, and will discuss the ways in which jury diversity adds to the deliberative process and bolsters confidence in our court system.