|Production Date:||March 9 2007|
An experienced criminal defense lawyer will tell you, a good summation begins to take shape when you first meet the client, as you begin to understand the nature of the charges you will be defending. This course discusses the importance of writing a summation throughout the trial process, well before the close of evidence. This lecture offers such exciting and relevant examples such as the defense summation from the trial of Sean Combs, a.k.a. "Puff Daddy," where Mr. Combs was tried and acquitted of a nightclub shooting.
Please note: This course is accredited for 1.0 credit in General or Practical Skills for Oregon attorneys.
- "Style" of a Summation - Be Yourself
- Know and Understand Your Case
- Questions to Address
- Taking the "Sting" out of a Prosecutor's Summation
- Use of Exhibit and/or Graphics
- Repetition can be Obnoxious, Boring, or Very Effective
Jonathan (New York, NY)
an outstanding course regarding a very important subject.
anne (brooklyn, NY)
this as the best one so far!
Lisa (Los Angeles, CA)
Howard (Roseland, NJ)
Ben clearly showed why he is one of the top defense lawyers! H.
Edwin (Manlius, NY)
Great speaker. I really enjoyed this presentation.
alan (Brooklyn, NY)
Excellent "matter of fact" style.
Wanda (Marina Del Rey, CA)
The seminar was good
Gillian (New York, NY)
excellent content and presentation.
Lenelle (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Great Speaker. He made me look at him and listen.
Russell (West Covina, CA)
James H. (Surprise, AZ)
virginia (west covina, CA)
love how questions lead into next sections
Sandra (Lakeport, CA)
Awesome presentation, packed with excellent advice,
Gregg (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Christopher (Newport Beach, CA)
Joseph (Studio City, CA)
Excellent insights from a veteran trial lawyer.
Matthew (Huntington Beach, CA)
Jonathan (Santa Monica, CA)
Excellent speaker and content.
Jeannie (Arroyo Grande, CA)
Great tips, useful information, great pace, easy to follow/understand - enjoyed!
Howard (Newport Beach, CA)
excellent. practical advice with examples from the speakers 'in the trenches' cases.
Neil (Oakland, CA)
Edward (Pasadena, CA)
Program was good
Larry (Yonkers, NY)
daniel (New York, NY)
Carlo (San Francisco, CA)
A basic,solid,artful presentation
Carmen (Okemos, MI)
Worked well even without a slide presentation. I found his presentation useful for oral arguments too.
Robert (Port Chester, NY)
Steven (Woodruff, SC)
This was fabulous. The best program I have watched, maybe the best CLE program I have ever seen or attended.
Mitchel (New York, NY)
the speaker was very good and extremely well spoken in both his subject matter and his voice!
Marissa (Brooklyn, NY)
Christopher (Rockville Centre, NY)
Chaz (Catonsville, MD)
Great speaker! Very effective and relevant!
Katerina (Mokena, IL)
Great seminar--I'd recommend it to anyone!
F. John (Chicago, AL)
very constructive advice
Barry (Leawood, KS)
Lindsay (Jericho, NY)
The main speaker was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. The two associates were very good too.
James (Garden City, NY)
Kathryn (Springdale, MD)
helpful summary at the end
Barbara (New York, NY)
Ben Brafman is fantastic. I want to work for him.
Howard (Scarsdale, NY)
Brafman is terrific and keeps the viewer focused on him. I hope you have additional courses from him.
William (Arlington, TX)
Excellent! Mr. Brafman's explanation of the Art of Summation is accomplished in a very professional, concise and articulate manner. This presentation helps both the seasoned veteran trial attorney and the novice practioner. We should all heed Mr. Brafman's advice. We will all be better at representing the citizen accused.
Sarah (Gilroy, CA)
Very helpful and practical presentation.
Joseph (Philadelphia, PA)
Benjamin Azubuike (Pasadena, CA)
Evelyn (East Brunswick, NJ)
This was great. I'm going to use some material for my next trail for closing argument.
Mamie (Ft. Worth, TX)
Man the speaker was GREAT!
Edward (Morristown, NJ)
Bogdan (Federal Way, WA)
Thomas (Whippany, NJ)
Excellent presentation, very informative watching Brafman .. he's an All Star
Omotayo (Union, NJ)
Great opportunity to hear from a respected defense attorney.
Brian K. (Everett, WA)
James (Fot Worth, TX)
Ricardo (Seattle, WA)
I thought there was a good balance between "war stories" and theory.
Brian (Houston, TX)
Julia (Seattle, WA)
Practical thoughts on how to craft a winning summation.
Michael (Chicago, IL)
John (Sag Harbor, NY)
What more can be said? . . .Ben Brafman is one of, if not the finest and most well-presented criminal defense attorneys, and hence, best lecturers in the world. Outstanding! John J. Ebel, Esq.
rebecca (Phoenix, AZ)
Very energetic speaker. Good tips, but more applicable to criminal attorneys.
Ruth (Chicago, IL)
Very well done. I learned a lot and felt energized about the practice of law after listening to this.
Eli (Chicago, IL)
I liked how he used examples from the high profile criminal cases i.e. Puff Daddy Case.
Mary (Seattle, WA)
Very Impressive. I can see why he wins his cases.
Elliot (Seattle, WA)
Jeffrey (BETHLEHEM, PA)
Great thoughts on how to impact the jury.
Norman (Wall, NJ)
Mark (Houston, TX)
very nicely done
Jim (Tuxedo, NY)
Excellent presentation displaying all the communication skills of the presenter. Examples were colorful and concise.
Eugene (Carmel Valley, CA)
Very skilled, very smooth, very experienced trial lawyer. No bravado, not self-focused like many of his ilk, and therefore quite sincere in his approach.
Ralph (Solana Beach, CA)
Good common sense stuff.
PAUL (NASHVILLE, TN)
Ben Brafman is masterful. Every trial lawyer--civil or criminal--should be required to view this seminar. This is by far the best seminar in your series.
John (North Salem, NY)
Good if a criminal defense attorney
Chris (New York, NY)
This is a practical guide for criminal law closing statements. Some of the tips were useful for civil practitioners. It would be nice to have a personal injury lawyer lecture on closing statements.
Christopher (Temecula, CA)
One of my favorite speakers. Brafman says a lot of things that ring true with me, especially the advice to lay off on cross examination on witnesses that are not central to the theme of your case. Also, I totally agreed with Brafman's advice to trust your own style and not spend the majority of the summation responding to the prosecutor (a weaker defensive posture), but to stay the course with your own summation. A completely grass roots speaker that hit home runs with me.
Mark (Denver, CO)
Engaging speaker. Great oratory style.
Kevin (Mineola, AL)
Practical presentation with good examples from presenter's own practice.
David (Jersey City, NJ)
Christopher (San Antonio, TX)
Bar far the best insight I have heard re: argument.
Wendi (Georgetown, TX)
Was very specific to criminal, which I don't practice - but did have some good overall recommendations
Kim (Seattle, WA)
Ray (Woodville, TX)
LINDA (MANSFIELD, TX)
Jeff (New York, NY)
To sum up, a pleasure.
Gail (Virginia Beac h, VA)
Francine (Hoboken, NJ)
Jeffrey (Waynesboro, VA)
Very worthwhile to anyone that tries cases.
Edward (Spring Lake Heights, NJ)
The best seminar I have watched!
Kelly (Madison, MS)
Jacob (Erie, CO)
Good relevant content, well presented.
William (Willsboro, NY)
Another terrific course. I adopted at least three of his recommendations immediately. Very useful.
Andrew (Auburn, NY)
Nicely presented. Would have appreciated hearing more from him, if time allowed.
Leon (New York, NY)
Bronfman shows by his presentation why and how his summations must be superlative. A joy to listen to him. He is captivating, charismatic, well prepared and eloquent.
Gary (Denver, CO)
I liked the talking outline it was easy to follow and remember for application.
Jeffrey (New York, NY)
Stephen C. (Oak Park, IL)
Practical and informative.
Diane (Justice, IL)
the theme presentation for the summation along with all the helpful pointers is something every attorney should follow
Michael (Salybrsville, KY)
Very good presentation, the most interesting speaker in the class bundle.
Jonathan (Huntington, WV)
I would watch other courses by Mr. Brafman
Raymond (Chicago, IL)
ben is on top of his game
Peter (Lexington, KY)
Ben Brafman is a master of communication.
Shannon (Oak Park, IL)
sandra (Denver, CO)
Damon (Oak Park, IL)
a few real good points
JONATHAN (Brooklyn, NY)
Rick (New York, NY)
Excellent lecture from an excellent lawyer.
James (Denver, CO)
Another very strong presenter. Thanks.
James (LIVINGSTON, NJ)
Very engaging, no doubt experienced high profile trial lawyer. Good use of examples to illustrate teaching points. Did not talk in "legalese" nor did he talk down to his audience. No wonder Mr. Brafman is regarded as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in practice today.
Edward (Brooklyn, NY)
Scott (Edison, NJ)
Brafman is amazing.
Thomas (Scottsdale, AZ)
First rate presentation, but a gifted trial attorney. A career's worth of experience condensed down to an amazing one hour presentation.
Janet Schiller (Irvington, NY)
offers good tips; good presentation.
Ira L (SPRINGFIELD, VA)
Straight-forward advice well-presented.
eric (schenectady, NY)
Jacklyn (San Jose, CA)
This was amazing, and so helpful as a new attorney.
Steven (Chula Vista, CA)
Soumya (Arlington, VA)
Excellent practice tips provided
sosi (Fresno, CA)
Excellent!! Should be required for all trial attorneys.
Edward (Washington, DC)
Beth Florence (Beverly Hills, CA)
Really liked it - thank you for presenting such a distinguished speaker
Jeb (BELLEVUE, WA)
The speaker was really amazing. He showed incredible depth and wisdom in explaining trial summation.
Jeremy (Los Angeles, CA)
wow... awesome speaker. it's easy to see how he's gotten -- & won -- all those high profile cases
Candace (McKinney, TX)
Bopst (Miami, FL)
I thought Mr. Brafman was excellent!
Nabeena (New York, NY)
This was an excellent presentation.
Phyllis (Chicago, IL)
Brian (Indianapolis, IN)
In a word: Excellent.
Jonathan (Washington, DC, DC)
Good practical advice. Realistic and helpful.
George (Bellaire, TX)
Good job, very helpful
James (Fairfax, VA)
Very good, perhaps the best lecture in the courses purchased.
Amy (Arlington, VA)
great, practical info.
Matthew J. (Bartow, FL)
Walter (Vista, CA)
Very good presentation.
Katherine (Leesburg, FL)
Very informative- he's a good speaker.
Christopher (New York, NY)
Great on conceding that which is useless to your case.
Richard (Miami, FL)
Nathaniel (Weston, FL)
Good suggestions, interesting presentation.
Arthur (Chicago, IL)
Mr. Brafman was the best. His presentation of the material was outstanding.
Malcolm (Tampa, FL)
The best, so far
LeRoy (Miami, FL)
Amy (williamsburg, VA)
Helene (Chicago, IL)
entertaining and practical
William (Chapel Hill, TN)
Very good, understandable and significant. Kepp it simple is a good idea.
jonathan (ozona, TX)
Mark (New York, NY)
Liesl (Springfield, IL)
Mr. Brafman is an excellent presenter and, clearly, a highly effective litigator.
William (Riverside, IL)
Good, solid presentation.
William (Lisle, IL)
Very effective, well delivered and concise. It is obvious why this presenter is a VERY effective attorney.
Maureen (Highland Park, IL)
Very dynamic and interesting speaker.
Mark (Chicago, IL)
Mark (Naperville, IL)
Catherine (pensacola, FL)
Monique (Jensen Beach, FL)
he kept it very entertaining which is nice.
Kimberly (Cortlandt Manor, NY)
Silvia (Atlanta, GA)
James (Charleston, SC)
SCOTT (FORT LAUDERDALE, FL)
thomas (chicago, IL)
Abhijit (Spring, TX)
Brafman brings a strong presence to this seminar and shows why summation is such an art
Erica (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Excellent. Very useful information!
Jacqueline (Port Orange, FL)
Very interesting with concrete examples.
Dan (Virginia Beach, VA)
very animated and speaker. Good presentation.
Samuel (Riverside, CA)
Robert (Garden City, NY)
Excellent discussion by a veteran trial lawyer.
Amy (Kitty Hawk, NC)
Excellent practical tips re: focusing on only the parts of the case which fit my theme.
John (Fort Worth, TX)
Few criminal-defense lawyers have the kind of media superstar status of Johnnie Cochran or Barry Scheck. Based on this presentation it is easy to see why Mr. Brafman has risen to that level. I am not a criminal defense attorney and would not take a client if there is even a hint of litigation, but I am fascinated by his strategies and believe he has pulled back the curtain and let a few of his secrets out.
Yitty (Brooklyn, NY)
Ben Brafman presents a dynamic and informative seminar on summation. I highly recommend it.
diane (New York, NY)
Gerald (Montclair, NJ)
Years of experience very well presented. Lots of common sense here.
Neil (Naples, FL)
Adrienne (Corte madera, CA)
Obviously an experienced litigator - many useful strategies.
Robert (Stockbridge, GA)
Great topic, and a brilliant look at the summation process.
Nancy (Pleasant Valley, NY)
Mr. Brafman is very clear in his delivery.
James (Cohoes, NY)
maria (Miami, FL)
This was the best one..very direct and interesting and useful
Sherryl (Orlando, FL)
Don't see how it could be better.
Steven (LaBelle, FL)
Gregory (St Petersburg, FL)
John (Harrington Park, NJ)
Ben Brafman is fantastic. I can't say enough about how good the Lawline.com program is for NY CLE.
Andrew (Brooklyn, NY)
Good speaker; very knowledgeable
Norma (Midlothian, VA)
Mr. Brafman was entertaining and very good. I enjoyed his lecture very much.
Jenniffer (Leesburg, VA)
Great Seminar!!! Great Information.
Denis (Arlington, VA)
A very polished presenter. The program was very interesting.
Stephen (Spring Valley, NY)
Mr. Brafman is an excellent and engaging speaker.
Marc (Plainview, NY)
Ben Brafman is a master in speaking--one of the few who speaks plainly and without needless complication.
Joan (Annandale, VA)
it was interesting. the speaker was clear and held my attention.
Mark (Brooklyn, NY)
this guy still has his stuff together
David (Virginia Beach, VA)
Mr. Brafman is excellent. Really enjoyed the course.
Janice (Temple Terrace, FL)
Mr. Brafman is great speaker, very organized, wonderful and numerous tips.
Howard (New York, NY)
Excellent speaker with excellent advice.
Philip (Brookline, MA)
Good use of examples; clear, concise written materials.
michael (hastings on hudson, NY)
Ben is a good criminal attorney...
Terry (Baltimore, MD)
The lecture was easy to follow and had good examples to explain the tips.
Eric (Jersey City, NJ)
Very constructive and helpful
Kisshia (New York, NY)
This speaker was excellent. The best I have viewed from Lawline thus far. He is engaging and energetic.
Scott (Las Vegas, NV)
I found the examples provided by the lecturer to be beneficial. He was quite helpful and I appreciated his approach to summations. They are indeed "works in progress" and I liked how the lecturer recognized that.
Amy (New Port Richey, FL)
Another impressive speaker
David (NY, NY)
Branfman is extremely articulate and clear thinking and makes a great presenter.
John (Harrison, NY)
Cynthia (Pacifica, CA)
- Good tips on witnesses that only verify forensics of evidence.
David (Honolulu, HI)
Hugh (Chicago, IL)
Great speaker, great points and examples.
Martin (New York, NY)
The on-screen questions were very effective. The came across better than oral questions.
James (Lake Forest, IL)
Very well done
John (Northbrook, IL)
well done both on substance and presentation
christine (chicago, IL)
Ralph (Schaumburg, IL)
High quality presenter
Kimberly (Lake Zurich, IL)
Very engaging speaker!
jan (louisville, KY)
best of all very enlightening
Moriah (Wappingers Falls, NY)
This speak was exceptionally great!
Kelvin (Chicago, IL)
Although I don't practice criminal law and never intend to do so, the presentation was extremely helpful for even civil cases. He was one of the best presenters thus far.
manos (wheaton, IL)
Darwin (Roselle, IL)
Carole (Chicago, IL)
Obviously a practioner who knows his craft. This was useful even though I am not a criminal lawyer -- reminds one of the importance of clearly articulating key points and how to be persuasive.
Paul (Oldsmar, FL)
Engaging speaker, provides good direction, applaudes himself but welcomes, entreats others aboard.
Scott (Park Ridge, IL)
Well organized presentation
Thomas (Villa Park, IL)
Great presentation. Interestig and informative
Diann (Murphysboro, IL)
Very knowledgeable and easy to listen to. I picked up a lot of tips.
Kimberly (La Crosse, WI)
He is one of the better speakers.
Charles (Williamsburg, VA)
Timothy (Bellaire, TX)
An excellent presentation by a skilled orator.
Angela (Chicago, IL)
one of the best courses in the illinois bundle
Robert (Chicago, IL)
Well laid out presentation.
James (New York, AL)
Carrie (Merion Station, PA)
Best seminar in the NY bundle!
ELIZABETH (BAYSIDE, NY)
Although I spent many years trying criminal cases, it was as a prosecutor. It was interesting to see the other side's approach...many things apply equally.
Donald (Bradenton, FL)
Extremely interesting presentation by an excellent trial attorney.
Mark (New York, NY)
Brafman is an experienced trial lawyer and shared well some of his tips on giving an effective summation. Enjoyable program.
Edward (Hauppauge, NY)
Excellent. We need more Braffman
Maurice (Philadelphia, PA)
I found this speaker to give thoughtful and useful suggestions that apply to my civil practice, even though his remarks drew upon criminal trials. He is definitely a strong presenter. Thank you.
Barbara (Forest Hills, NY)
He had good principles of strategically shaping the themes in a summation versus giving a straight boring rehash of evidence, and he dissected his methodology through vivid, illustrative examples from his own practice, and it was a great teaching method.
Gerard (hicksville, NY)
good speaker good content very practical
Val (Brooklyn, NY)
Interesting strategies if i would like to go into trial and criminal law
William (Syracuse, NY)
Willis (Kingwood, TX)
Good information and suggestions.
Jeffrey (Atlanta, GA)
Good common sense approaches.
Robert (Columbia, SC)
great lecture. Thanks!
Gregory (Brooklyn, NY)
JoAnn (Plainview, NY)
Mr. Brafman provided much insight and information.
Anthony (Manhasset, NY)
Michael J. (Annandale, VA)
Jill (New York, NY)
Interesting presentation and speaker was well-spoken.
Thomas (Maryland, NY)
Outstanding comonsense approach.
zoltan (rochelle park, NJ)
Frank (Ridgewood, NJ)
Cordelia (New York, NY)
I liked the speaker; conveyed common sense and real-world tips
Zvi (Spring Valley, NY)
Interesting opportunity --to hear from a very experienced practitioner about something that is not typically a subject of CLE lectures.
matthew (new york, NY)
Thomas (Nashville, TN)
linda (Nashville, TN)
Alan (Monument, CO)
kelly (McLean, VA)
I have been practicing criminal law for 29 years and I would drop everything for a chance to work with this man.
John (Washington, DC)
Thoroughly enjoyed this lecture. Great practical insights in lawyering.
Carmen R (Cordova, TN)
Christopher (nashville, TN)
Andrew (Memphis, TN)
Mr. Brafman was obviously speaking from experience which gives him credibility.
Norajean (Greenlawn, NY)
Good, helpful use of examples.
kevin (falls church, VA)
Brafman is great.
Steven (Commack, NY)
A very good speaker
Anna (New York, NY)
Very well done.
Colleen (Huntington, NY)
He was a great speaker, interesting and obviously a phenomenal trial attorney!
Maria (Barnet, VT)
Interesting & helpful
Janice (Virginia Beach, VA)
The seminar was informative and well-presented.
Caroline (Alexandria, VA)
Karen (Long Beach, NY)
enjoyable for a non-trial attorney
Virginia (Henrico, VA)
Excellent presentation. The Speaker knows how to capture your attention.
steve (Washington, DC)
Lots of interesting personal examples from his trials
IRMA DIANE (UNION CITY, NJ)
J. Riley (Norfolk, VA)
This speaker makes MCLE worthwhile!
Debra-Lynn (Cary, NC)
Very well done.
ruth (Richmond, VA)
Interesting and made some useful points for a litigator.
Linda (Collinsville, CT)
Great program. Speaker was entertaining and gave good practical advice.
Elizabeth (New York, NY)
The presenter used interesting anecdotes from his own practice to make the presentation more lively and more accessible to non-litigators.
Elaine (New York, NY)
michael (new york, NY)
Michelle (Santa Monica, CA)
helpful -- although i dont litigate it was an interesting presentation
Carlos (Spring, TX)
awesome and informative presentation by a seasoned t/a
Linda (Brentwood, TN)
One of your best seminars!
Mark (New York, NY)
Anne (none, MA)
Godd practical guidance to summation