One of the reasons that Mr. Conway has enjoyed such success in the courtroom has to do with his skills in jury selection.
Many active duty judge advocates are very skilled. At the same time, however, they often haven't done enough cases to develop good judgment in selecting jurors.
The military system does not require a unanimous vote like many civilian jurisdictions. For that reason, jury selection is critical. If I have 8 members on a jury, I'm going to convince at least three to vote not guilty. Voir dire and jury selection is my best opportunity to figure out which three we need on the jury. This can be the difference between winning and losing in the military. Trust me when I say that experience goes a long ways in selecting a jury.
I come from the Trial Lawyers College school of jury selection. In other words, we want to use our questions of the jurors to establish rapport and bring them into the conversation. We want to learn about their beliefs. Every piece of information they give us is a gift.
Civilian counsel are often given more leeway with questioning than military counsel. We try and use that leeway to our advantage.
With difficult jurors we want to learn. We want to figure out what they need to hear in order to vote not guilty. We want to try and rehabilitate them when possible by differentiating the case from their preconceptions.
Over time, experience, judgment, and conversing with over a thousand potential jurors has given Mr. Conway a tremendous advantage in selecting panels - it's one the reasons we've been enjoying success.