Samantha L. Schwartz, Ph.D., M.L.S.

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Drawing from more than 10 years of research experience, Dr. Samantha Schwartz conducts trial simulations, focus groups, community surveys, and post-trial interviews. She provides strategic recommendations to assist clients with case presentation, case theme development, venue analysis, witness preparation, and jury selection. Dr. Schwartz has worked on a variety of civil and criminal cases as well as research studies concerning public opinion and sociocultural issues, group influences and behavior, attitudes and biases, and judgments and decision making. Initially, Dr. Schwartz worked as a legal assistant on complex litigation at trial sites nationwide and as a trial preparation assistant for the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. Through her subsequent doctoral training in psychology and law and her work in survey research and trial consulting, she developed formidable skills and experience in various aspects of jury research, including mock trials, post-trial interviews, as well as large-scale surveys on pretrial publicity, community attitudes, and decision-making processes. Dr. Schwartz has taught 11 undergraduate psychology classes and she has presented and published articles on juror decision making and the legal system.

EDUCATION:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D., Law and Psychology

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., Law and Psychology

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.L.S., Master of Legal Studies

College of William & Mary
B.A., Psychology