The Juror Factor: Race and Gender in America's Civil Courts

The Juror Factor: Race and Gender in America's Civil Courts
Sean G. Overland
November 2008

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-328-8 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xii, 178 pages

Price   $62.00

“Sean Overland’s book presents new, interesting data and summarizes well existing research. Thus, it is valuable to those interested in ways juries behave.” Law and Politics Book Review
"Fascinating and enjoyable to read, I highly recommend getting a copy and appreciating what it has to offer the next time you pick a jury." -- Washington State Association for Justice


The Juror Factor examines how jurors reach their verdicts in complex civil trials. In particular, the book explores the relationship between "juror factors"--that is, jurors' race, gender, income, education and personal beliefs--and verdicts. While most research has found no link between verdicts and "juror factors," this book, using new, previously unavailable data, argues that the composition of a jury can have a strong effect on the outcome of a trial. The book also explores the implications of this relationship for jury selection procedures and tort reform proposals. The book's final chapter offers a glimpse behind the closed doors of the jury room and a look at the effects of jury deliberations.

About the Author

Sean G. Overland is a Trial Consultant specializing in complex civil litigation. He assists clients with case strategy development, jury selection and post-trial juror interviews. He received a Bachelor's degree from Pomona College, a Master's Degree from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Overland currently lives in Los Angeles.