Will There Be a Next Generation of Trial Lawyers?

July 3, 2014 – In The News
Daily Business Review

Joseph A. DeMaria was quoted in the Daily Business Review article, "Will There Be a Next Generation of Trial Lawyers?” Full text can be found in the July 3, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

With the number of trials drastically declining nationwide for decades, many are left wondering where the future generation of trial attorneys will be developed if not in the courtroom. Arbitration and mediation hearings?

However, “arbitrations do not give you the same experience because the rules of evidence don’t apply,” said Joseph DeMaria.

DeMaria believes that as a result of all the external pressures keeping cases from a jury trial, the furnace helping to develop good trial attorneys has gone cold.

“When I was a prosecutor, we tried complex RICO cases, labor cases, fraud cases. They were complicated long trials that gave you tremendous training,” said DeMaria. “I think the danger is not right now. It’s what’s going to happen 15 years from now.”