Our First Jury Trials: Scared to Death
In the debut episode of Trying 2 Win, a podcast about real-life legal battles in and outside the courtroom, we introduce you to Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr, founders of Lincoln Derr, a minority and women-owned law firm based in Charlotte, N.C. Over the course of their careers, both women have distinguished themselves as powerhouse litigators, with decades of experience fighting on behalf of their clients in court. In this episode, though, we go back in time to when they were both new lawyers trying their very first cases. It wasn’t always pretty, but the hits and misses of those early courtroom experiences taught them a lot about what it takes to win. Their advice for all the law students and young lawyers out there? “Get your rear end into the courtroom and do it soon because there’s no better way to learn than through experience.”
In the podcast, Sara and Tricia discuss the exponential decline in jury trials. This article digs into a recent study examining why jury trials are disappearing — and makes a case for why we should bring them back. “The right to a jury trial in criminal and civil cases is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, but jury trials have been vanishing for decades,” ABA President Patricia Lee Refo said in a Dec. 18 news release. “This new study again confirms what other ABA studies have long shown—that our laws and customs need a fresh look to ensure that jury trials, a cornerstone of the American justice system, do not disappear altogether.”
Get in the courtroom — even when you can’t get in the courtroom
The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted in-person court proceedings, and courtrooms across the country have responded by making trials accessible online.
- Argument Audio
- The U.S. Supreme Court makes the audio recordings of all oral arguments heard by the Court available to the public at the end of each argument week. Online, those recordings go all the way back to 2010. View the full archive here.
Now, what’s your verdict?
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Behind the Bench
Our Music: “Diamonds on the Inside”
Composer/performer: Katy Cox
Love our theme song? We do, too. Here’s a little more about the Charlotte-based woman behind the music.
Former attorney and singer-songwriter Katy Cox transports her listeners with radiant vocals and thoughtful lyrics. Her songs draw you in and take you on an emotional journey that explores both the heartache and the joy of living. Influenced by artists such as Lori McKenna, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin, Katy delivers engaging modern folk melodies, with a healthy dose of country and acoustic rock. Hear more of her music at her website: www.katycoxmusic.com.
Our Cover Art Background: “Brave Enough”
Artist: Sally Higgins
After many years of artistic pursuits of various kinds, Charlotte artist Sally Higgins turned to painting about 10 years ago. She works in oil, acrylic, encaustic and mixed media. Art provides Sally a welcome respite from her word-filled career as a trial lawyer. See more of Sally’s art at sallyhigginsfineart.com and studioworksgallery.com.