February 2018 Judge Frick-Richman Group Presentation

February 21, 2018 -The Frick-Richman Group presented the very powerful ““Racist Rally Redux: The Vietnamese Fishermen v. The Ku Klux Klan”* *Some of the sworn deposition and trial testimony taken from historical archives will be offensive” at the University Club.

Vietnamese Fishermen Case

In 1981, armed Klansmen cruised Galveston Bay and practiced guerrilla tactics at secret paramilitary camps. They tried to destroy Vietnamese-Americans’ fishing businesses by burning their boats and threatening their lives. Fearful of competition from the Vietnamese, the white fishermen had invited the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, to send a message to the Vietnamese before the start of the shrimping season. The Klan group trained in the use of grenades, explosives, weapons, techniques of ambush and hand-to-hand combat, all in preparation for what they believed was an impending “race war.” Southern Poverty Law Center attorneys filed a lawsuit that stopped the Klan’s terror campaign and shut down its paramilitary training bases.

The Frick-Richman group performed a powerful reenactment of events during the legal proceedings against the KKK. After the presentation, Members engaged in a thought-provoking dialogue about the issues raised.




Doyle Inn Members Deliberate as Jurors During January 2015 Meeting

January 29, 2015 –  Doyle Inn members were summoned for jury duty for the January 2015 Meeting.  Judge Ann B. Frick’s group presented a jury trial in a sexual harrasment/hostile environment case, complete with testimony and witness examinations.  Groups at the tables then engaged in spirited deliberations while trying to reach verdicts based on the instructions and verdict forms provided.

The Inn’s special guest was Lisa L. DeCaro.  Lisa and her partner Leonard Matheo are the founders of Courtroom Performance, Inc., a trial consulting firm dedicated to improving oral advocacy, and authors of the book, The Lawyer’s Winning Edge: Exceptional Courtroom Performance http://goo.gl/JOo06P. Lisa and Courtroom Performance have helped thousands of attorneys and their witnesses prepare for deposition and trial, and provides jury consulting to attorneys across the country.

Guest Speaker Lisa DeCaro of Courtroom Performance, Inc. http://www.courtroomperformance.com


Lisa led the night’s very interesting discussion before and after the trial and deliberations.  She then explained the mechanics of jury deliberations to the members, and shed light on what the research demonstrates about jury dynamics and how juries reach their conclusions.

Judge Wheeler, President -elect of the Doyle Inn greets members and guests.
Judge Wheeler, President -elect of the Doyle Inn greets members and guests.


Lisa DeCaro