GENERATION X AND Y’S INFLUENCE IN THE JURY BOX

Carol L. Bauss, 50 Orange County Law. 42 (September 2008), Feature GENERATION X AND Y’S INFLUENCE IN THE JURY BOX

The youngest generation of jurors constitutes an increasing percentage of today’s jury pools. Generation Y, born between 1980 and 2000, now makes up 20 percent of the U.S. population and likely an even higher percentage of today’s jurors.
Given the growing presence of this youngest generation in the jury box, attorneys should be aware of the differing expectations of these jurors. This article and presentation provide a broad general overview of this generation, so that you may begin to have a better understanding of this generation to help you develop and modify your trial strategies accordingly. Of course, the discussion below includes only generalizations about a large segment of the population. It is always important to keep in mind that each juror’s life experi- ences, bias, and personality will likely have more impact on their verdict than their generation alone.

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