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SFTLA is Proud to Present our Member of the Month


Carol Bauss


Carol Bauss is a Senior Litigation Consultant at NJP Litigation Consulting/West, a nation-wide, full service, litigation consulting firm. Ms. Bauss has been with NJP for 25 years working in all three of its regional offices – Minneapolis, New York City, and now in the Bay Area. She has worked on over a thousand cases around the country ranging from personal injury, employment discrimination, and civil rights, to white collar criminal, commercial and intellectual property cases.

She advises attorneys on trial presentation and jury selection strategy and works with witnesses to improve their communication skills.  Her deep knowledge of juror attitudes, juror bias, and jury decision-making is drawn from her years of experience conducting focus groups, mock trials and post-verdict juror interviews.  She helps legal teams find the human story and universal themes within complex legal disputes. She is especially adept at designing and analyzing mock juror research and translating the research findings into practical recommendations for trial preparation and jury selection.  Her background in law and rhetoric gives her expertise in helping attorneys cut through legal jargon to deliver concise and persuasive messages to the jury and other fact finders.

She has a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota and a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

She is a frequent presenter and trainer for various national, state and local bar and trial lawyer associations and author on topics such as preparing expert witnesses, maximizing damages, improving trial skills, and gender bias and women in the courtroom.  She recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Trial Consultants.

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Upcoming MCLE's

Overcoming Client Stereotypes

October 19, 2017


October 24, 2017

Learning How to Become An Effective Speaker

October 30, 2017


November 7, 2017

Product Liability  

November 14, 2017

Insurance Series: New and Developing Issues

November 21, 2017


November 28, 2017

Creative Ways to Settle Your Case 

December 5, 2017

SFTLA Events

Board Retreat

October 20-22, 2017

NLD Karaoke Night
October 26, 2017

Diversity Committee Mixer
November 2, 2017

Mock Trial
November 4, 2017

Women's Caucus Wine Tasting
November 30, 2017

Holiday Cocktail Party
December 7, 2017

NLD Happy Hour Takeover
December 12, 2017

Women's Caucus Service Day
December 14, 2017

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