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Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

Trying Employment Cases in the Trump Era

Program Number: 2916

Program Date: 02/06/2019


With increased polarization of political opinions in the Trump, lawyers defending employers in employment cases have had to reconsider how they select jurors and present their cases. During this presentation Chris Bacon will talk about how he and other employment lawyers have adjusted their trial strategies in this new era. Questions that we will discuss include: How should a lawyer handle voir dire? What kind of jurors are you looking for? Is a juror with strong conservative views really an ideal juror for the defense in a sexual harassment or race discrimination case? We will also talk about how the actual trial needs to be approached in this era of political tribalism. For example, what arguments resonate best with jurors today including those with strong liberal views (e.g., the #metoo juror in a harassment case)? How do you make your witnesses persuasive –and likeable-- to jurors on both sides of the political spectrum? How do you present evidence to jurors who are hooked on social media and cable news? Finally, we will talk about whether employers should consider the current political climate when making employment decisions. Are employees on opposite sides of the political spectrum likely to view decisions differently and is there anything that can be done to avoid the negative reaction should people holding similar views end up on a jury in which the decision is challenged?

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Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - Experienced Attorneys Only, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 1.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

Credit Eligible for Experienced Attorneys Only in NY


Christopher V. Bacon, Esq.

Vinson & Elkin LLP

Chris' practice is primarily devoted to litigating employment matters on behalf of private employers. He has tried nearly 40 cases in front of judges and juries in both federal and state court in multiple jurisdictions and has argued more than a dozen times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Chris often represents clients in governmental investigations and administrative proceedings brought under the National Labor Relations Act, the Occupational Safety Health Act (OSHA), and the Mine Safety Health Act (MSHA). Because of his familiarity with international employment law, and his fluency in Spanish and French, clients in Europe and Latin America seek Chris' advice when doing business abroad. He also counsels clients looking to hire foreign workers in the United States on immigration issues.

Harvard School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1990
University of Houston, B.A. summa cum laude, 1979; M.Ed., Mathematics Education, 1982
Admitted to practice: Texas; New York; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and District of Columbia Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas