Wolfe Elected President of American Society of Trial Consultants.
"I am honored by the opportunity to serve as president of an esteemed organization such as ASTC and to lead such a wonderful group of professionals," says Wolfe. "I am committed to moving ASTC forward in the coming years as we face new challenges in jury and tort reform, work product privileges, credentialing, and licensing."
With more than 18 years' experience as a trial consultant, Dr. Wolfe has worked on national criminal and civil cases involving celebrities and professional athletes. He has also consulted on high-profile cases and large exposure matters involving antitrust, product liability, intellectual property, environmental and securities litigation.
Dr. Wolfe has worked on important litigation matters pertaining to asbestos, breast implants, Bentlate, Halcion, Prozac, Phen-Fen, and tobacco and smoking. The industries he has consulted in include the automotive, airline, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, petrochemical, biotech, and medical devices industries. He is also an expert in the fields of witness preparation, voir dire and jury selection, and quantitative and qualitative analyses of venues through focus groups and mock trials.
Dr. Wolfe has appeared in a wide range of media, including as a commentator on CBS, ABC and talk shows such as "Talk Back Live," and has been quoted widely in national publications such as Newsweek and USA Today. He has authored many articles on the subjects of juries, juror perceptions, ethics in trial consulting, and the interrelation of attorney gender and courtroom bias.
As president of ASTC, Dr. Wolfe will lead an organization that has grown to more than 400 members from its inception in 1982. Members come from diverse professional fields, including political science, law, communication, psychology, sociology, linguistics and drama. Its consultant members work with attorneys in a variety of specialties, including mock trials, change of venue surveys, jury selection, witness preparation, focus groups, graphics, public relations programs and others.
As trial consultants, researchers and educators in academic settings, ASTC members share an interest in understanding the dynamics of the trial procedure, the decision-making processes of juries and judges, and methods of alternative dispute resolution. ASTC's nationwide membership includes individuals and long-established firms that have pioneered the field of trial consulting and research since the 1970s, as well as professionals who are exploring the field for the first time.
ASTC members enjoy a wide range of benefits and services, including access to an extensive library of trial consulting information to support their work and that of the profession as a whole. Other membership benefits include a listing in ASTC's membership directory; a subscription to Court Call, a quarterly newsletter; an invitation to the organization's annual and regional conferences; and access to its research depository, the ASTC web site and ASTCnet. The web site can be accessed at www.astcweb.org.