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Crafting a Compelling Narrative: The Art of Effective Opening and Closing Statements

1h 15m

Created on September 23, 2017




Effective opening and closing statements convey the theme of a case in the form of a gripping, interesting story. The attorneys become the stars of the show, selling their stories to the jury, hoping to strike a chord and sway an opinion. An opening is the first impression for the jury to absorb and evaluate the facts of a case. It's the golden opportunity to begin persuading jurors towards the narrative of your side. It's a time for creativity, drama, storytelling and persuasion.

Closing statements provide attorneys with a chance to tie all the ends of the testimony and evidence together, forming a cohesive argument as to why their side should win. It's what television and movies are made of-the chance to show off your skills of oration and persuasion in a winner-take-all contest. This program, presented by Jeffrey M. Kimmel of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, provides strategic options, legal pitfalls and practical tips for opening and closing statements.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the purpose and power of effective opening and closing statements
  2. Identify and embrace your own of style of speaking to the jury
  3. Utilize all your senses to gauge how jurors perceive your performance
  4. Provide practical guidance to performing persuasive presentations

This course originally appeared as a part of our September 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.

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