For the first time since becoming a law professor, I’ve been called for jury duty.
For trial attorneys out there, I’m curious: would you rather have a law professor on a jury or a practicing litigator?
Dave blogged last year about his day of jury service in Philadelphia’s First District, but his panel never actually saw a judge.
Dan had a nice post earlier this year on a full-time law professor who acted as a jury foreperson and was then accused by the defendant of improperly influencing his fellow jurors.
My sense is that if you are worried about domination by a single individual, you’d be best to steer clear of professors of any type. For better or for worse, many of us academics like to hear ourselves speak, fancy ourselves rather gifted at “boiling things down” for others, and are experts at twisting arms and delivering subtle barbs in small groups (yes, it turns out that faculty meetings do train you for something other than competing on “Survivor”).
For law professors out there: have you ever served on a jury while a professor? If so, were you the foreperson?