Prof. Chernoff on Fair Cross-Section Challenges

Professor Nina Chernoff’s new article “The 16 Things Every Defense Attorney Should Know About Fair Cross-Section Challenges,” co-authored with Joseph B. Kadane,  is the lead article in the December 2013 issue of Champion, from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Chernoff and Kadane write, “There is a significant amount of data indicating that jury systems across the country underrepresent people of color, primarily African-Americans and Latinos. Defense attorneys can challenge this underrepresentation by raising a fair cross-section claim under the Sixth Amendment, the JSSA, and parallel state constitutions and statues.”

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Nina Chernoff-smaller-forwebNina Chernoff teaches evidence and lawyering. Her scholarship focuses on the role of juries in the criminal justice system.