The Forum: The Missing American Jury




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Published on Nov 10, 2016

The Milbank Tweed Forum
November 2, 2016

"The Missing American Jury: Restoring the Fundamental Constitutional Role of the Criminal, Civil, and Grand Juries"

The Civil Jury Project is sponsoring a forum exploring the themes of Professor Suja Thomas’s new book “The Missing American Jury.” The book emphasizes the constitutional role of civil, criminal, and grand juries. It argues that the jury should be recognized as a co-equal of the traditional actors and specifically as a significant check to balance their powers—essentially as a governmental “branch.” It then explores the reasons for the decline of jury trials in the United States and the effects this decline has on our society and democracy. Our discussion will touch on all these topics.

Suja Thomas, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law
Burt Neuborne, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties; Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law

Steve Susman, Executive Director, Civil Jury Project, NYU School of Law; Founding Partner, Susman Godfrey LLP

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