Scheduled to hold its first meeting on Friday, the Texas Supreme Court-appointed Task Force on Jury Assembly and Administration will study ways to improve how juries are selected in Texas.

But personal injury trial lawyer Paula Sweeney, a founding partner of Howie & Sweeney in Dallas, says she’s concerned that one of the 19-member panel’s tasks will be to consider whether the high court should eliminate the jury shuffle. By a one-vote margin in May 2005, the Supreme Court Advisory Committee declined to recommend elimination of the shuffle, according to a transcript of the SCAC’s meeting.

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