A jury consultant for well over a decade, Carolyn Spencer-Mork has consulted on over 250 cases throughout the country. As a socio-cultural anthropologist, she understands methods of communication, jury psychology, and group dynamics. She offers expertise in the areas of mock trial and focus group jury research, theme development, trial strategy, witness preparation, and voir dire and jury selection methodology.
Carolyn is particularly skilled at designing jury research that helps clients gain strategic advantages early in the discovery process. Whether research involves testing potential witnesses in order to craft an effective company story, contextualizing damaging emails in advance of depositions, or developing an effective case theory to guide discovery, Carolyn helps her clients leverage early insights. She is also skilled at helping witnesses work through apprehensions so they can confidently testify. By fine-tuning and strengthening their testimony, she helps ensure straightforward and compelling delivery.
The National Law Review has published several of Carolyn’s articles on the topic of jury research. One of her articles, “Reimaging Jury Research: Five Lessons From the Virtual Field,” describes how online focus group and mock trial research exercises can provide attorney clients with invaluable insights that inform trial preparations.
Carolyn graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a BA in both anthropology and Russian language & literature. She completed her graduate training as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Chicago, from which she earned an MA in cultural anthropology. As a Fulbright Scholar, Carolyn conducted doctoral research in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is fluent in Russian.
Carolyn has offered her jury consulting skills outside of IMS by leading pro bono workshops on effective voir dire and jury selection for public defenders. As a fourth-generation Bay Area native, Carolyn enjoys sharing Northern California’s beautiful scenery with her family.