What Makes a Great Trial Judge? Podcast #2 – Judge W. Royal Furgeson Jr.

Published on Apr 11, 2023
Welcome to the “What Makes a Great Trial Judge” podcast, part of the Lawyer Minds ecosystem. We’ve paired up with Lisa Blue, a practicing psychologist of 46 years and trial attorney of 44 years, to discuss some of the ways trial judges—especially those dealing with trauma-intensive cases—can improve their techniques and social practices, making the litigation experience more meaningful for jurors and litigants alike. So, how do you tell the difference between a great trial judge and one who needs to work on their social intelligence skills? Let's find out.

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Lisa Blue, a lawyer with the Dallas firm Baron and Blue PLLC, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and two master’s degrees from the University of Virginia in Counseling Psychology. After a brief teaching career, she returne …

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Lisa Blue is a prolific trial attorney and practicing psychologist who’s made a monumental impact on the legal industry. Tune in for the second episode of her “What Makes a Great Trial Judge?” podcast series which complements her upcoming book release.

In this second episode of “What Makes a Great Trial Judge?”, Lisa Blue interviews Judge W. Royal Furgeson Jr., a retired district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. His tenure serving as a federal judge began in 1994 and lasted 19 years.

After he retired, Judge Furgeson became the founding Dean of the UNT Dallas College of Law, successfully navigating the ABA accreditation process. In 2018, he retired a second time and now continues to practice law at FurgesonMalouf Law PLLC, where he primarily handles mediation.

During the pod, the honorable Judge Furgeson talks about how he got his start trying cases after serving in the military and how his early days practicing law shaped his career. He discusses important lessons he learned early on regarding how to handle providing sentences on a large number of cases at once and how to move from one case to the next after dealing with an especially difficult verdict.

He also discusses the importance of impartiality and always remaining respectful to the jurors, the attorneys (who have one of the most difficult jobs of all), and the civil justice system itself. Tune in to hear the wisdom he shares.