As some may know, an attorney cannot use a peremptory challenge to remove a juror because of the juror's race or gender. To do otherwise would be a violation of Batson and its progeny. Right now, NJ is considering legislation (A3676) that would extend Batson-like protections to sexual orientation and gender identity. A few other states, like California and Oregon, have similar laws. A3676 has already passed the NJ Assembly and a companion bill, S2460, has been introduced into the NJ Senate. There have been similar legislative measures on the federal level but they have all been unsuccessful.