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.
- Understand the purpose and power of effective opening and closing statements
- Identify and embrace your own of style of speaking to the jury
- Utilize all your senses to gauge how jurors perceive your performance
- Provide practical guidance to performing persuasive presentations
This course originally appeared as a part of our September 2017 Bridge the Gap Event.