Thank you for visiting This site is owned and operated by 2nd Chair Services and Jury Consultant Toni Blake. 2nd Chair specializes in the defense of those accused of “Shaken Baby Syndrome.”

Over the past 20 years, 2nd Chair Services has consulted on over 500 cases with allegations of SBS or nonaccidental trauma to children. During that time, we have gathered a vast amount of information on childhood head injuries in order to assist attorneys in the defense of those falsely accused of “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” The “Members Only” section is designed to give clients easier access to the articles, motions, and transcripts that 2nd Chair and/or the experts recommend for use in each particular case. The website holds voir dire questions, appeals, amicus briefs, investigation worksheets, and video clips of experts. Currently, it is being accessed by more than 200 public defenders, private attorneys, and doctors nationwide and abroad.

Our Consultation Services Include:

  • Redoing of Discovery
  • Referral to the appropriate experts for your case
  • Recommendation of appropriate articles for your case
  • Consultation on direct examination of your experts and transcripts or templates where available
  • Consultation on cross examination of prosecution experts and transcripts or templates where available
  • Tactical consultation
  • Jury profiles
  • Sample voir dire
  • A listing on’s attorney referral page
  • Site Membership and SBS/NAT Defense Manual which includes:
    • Investigation worksheet
    • List of records to subpoena
    • Expert’s decision matrix and designation letter
    • Extensive annotated bibliography of articles
    • Jury questionnaire
    • Sample direct examination
    • Sample cross examination
    • Glossary of useful medical terms and abbreviations
    • An Extensive library of articles training items and legal resources on:
      • Accidental vs. intentional trauma
      • Short falls
      • Retinal hemorrhages
      • Lucid intervals
      • Chronic subdurals and rebleeds
      • Birth traumas

This website was developed with the hopes of disseminating information about the recognition and defense of false allegations of “Shaken Baby Syndrome” and other forms of nonaccidental head trauma to children. This website is dedicated to all those falsely accused of Shaken Baby Syndrome. It’s also dedicated to children and families whose lives have been disrupted because a lack of scientific certainty in this field. Their lives or unfortunate deaths continue to contribute to our understanding of childhood Acute Life Threatening Events. We created as an educational tool, including a library of resources that could be used by attorneys and family members of those falsely accused. We hope that it helps!

-Toni Blake