How to Prepare for Jury Selection
Topics to be covered:
- Different types of jury selection,
- Tips to choose the right jury for your case,
- Potential challenges with jury selection,
- Tips for identifying jurors that you need to strike and mistakes to avoid
- Changes to CCP section 231.7, (AB 3070) relating to peremptory challenges and exclusion of potential jurors. This amendment became effective January 1, 2022, this amendment will apply to civil cases effective January 1, 2026.
*All registrations are assumed to be remote unless otherwise stated. To reserve your seat for the in-person option, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org or (707) 542-1190 ext. 100 to transfer your remote registration to in-person.
For the comfort of our guests, a limited number of in-person seats are available. If you wish to attend in-person, we suggest notifying our office at your earliest convenience to reserve your seat. Walk-ins will be admitted as space allows. In-person registrations expire at the start of the presentation. We do ask that you arrive promptly; otherwise your reserved seat may be given to a walk-in attendee. In-person reservations are non-refundable unless cancelled prior to 3 pm one business day prior to the presentation.
Hon. Shelly Averill
The Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma
Andy Martinez, Esq.
Law Office of Andrew Martinez
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Sonoma County District Attorney's Office
After graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 1995 and passing the Washington state bar, Anne Masterson began her career as a Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, where she served from February 1996 to July 2003. She handled misdemeanors, juvenile, and major narcotics manufacturing cases.
From 2003 to late 2004, as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Anne was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion, training Iraqi civilian counterparts in the transition to a new Iraqi government.
In 2005, after returning to the United States, and having passed the California state bar, Anne Masterson joined the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office as a Deputy District Attorney.
She was assigned to multiple felony trial teams, mostly narcotics, gangs, and homicides, before being promoted to Chief Deputy in 2016. As a Chief, Anne is one of the office’s six first-line supervisors. She currently supervises the Writs and Appeals, Juvenile, and Elder Abuse teams, as well as oversees veteran’s treatment court and the training program for the office.
Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP
Pamela E. Stevens, a career litigator, has spent eighteen years handling complex civil matters. Pamela is comfortable handling all stages of litigation, and has taken and defended hundreds of plaintiff, witness, and expert depositions. She is qualified to handle all aspects of trial from picking a jury to closing arguments.
Pamela was admitted to practice in 2004, and prior to joining SMT, she was a partner with the San Francisco law firm WFBM, LLP, formerly known as Walsworth, Franklin, Bevins & McCall.
Pamela also represents children pro bono in immigration matters including petitions for legal guardianship and claims for asylum in association with the non-profit organization KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), and she is a board member of the Montgomery High School Alumni Foundation.