Course Description

A perspective from the bench on jury selection strategies for civil and criminal trials.

This course includes video recorded for the Washington County Bar Association's 2019 Winter Bench Bar.

Videography services were provided by Network Deposition Services.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

Judge Michael J. Lucas came to the Washington County bench in 2014.  For 21 years, he practiced with the firm of Bassi, McCune, and Vreeland, where he focused on civil trial work and the representation of municipalities and school districts.  For 16 years he served as an Assistant District Attorney, twice being appointed the First Assistant District Attorney, under two different administrations.  In 2011, the Washington County Bar Association awarded him the Robert E. Ceisler Professionalism Award.

He graduated in 1989 Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Jefferson College.  In 1992, he graduated from Duquesne University Law School (Law Review).  He resides in Carroll Township with his wife, Anna, and their three daughters, Emma, Sara, and Maggie.

Judge Damon J, Faldowski received his B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College in 19762 and his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law in 1976.  The first 20 years of his practice were centered on medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and professional liability defense, litigating cases in at least eight counties and trying approximately 85 jury trials to verdict.  In the ten years that followed, he represented personal in jury plaintiffs in state and federal courts and injured workers in administrative proceedings, with 15 jury trials to verdict.  He was municipal solicitor for McDonald Borough, the City of Washington, and North Franklin Township.  He served as a court appointed mediator and judge for Washington County mini-trials and was selected, by various litigants, as a neutral arbitrator involving various uninsured and underinsured motorist cases and disputes concerning oil and gas matters.  He has been approved to serve as a neutral arbitrator by the United States District Court for the Western District.  In addition to concentrating on civil litigation over the past 35 years, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Washington County and handled criminal defense cases for the first five years of his practice.  He is currently a mediator-arbitrator of civil cases for Noblemediation, LLC.

From July 2016 to December 2017 he served as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, PA, as appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Course Materials
    • Jury Selection Part One
    • Jury Selection Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)