Crafting Effective Opening and Closing Statements in Federal Criminal Cases

(127 Ratings)

Produced on: September 13, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Join us for a discussion by an experienced trial lawyer of the effective use of powerful opening statements and summations in federal criminal cases.

As any trial attorney knows, opening and closing statements can make or break your case. This is particularly true in a criminal case, where the stakes are especially high. In this program, criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman will walk through the steps of what makes a strong opening or closing statement, including what content it should contain and strategies for delivery. Plus, learn when to begin crafting your opening and summation and what tactics you can employ for a successful outcome.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Craft effective opening and closing statements in federal criminal cases
  2. Discuss tactics for effective delivery
  3. Develop strategies for countering your adversary’s opening or summation
  4. Gain an overview of what information openings and summations should include


Benjamin Brafman

Brafman & Associates, P.C.

Benjamin Brafman is the principal of a seven-lawyer firm, Brafman & Associates, P.C., located in Manhattan. Mr. Brafman’s firm specializes in criminal law with an emphasis on White Collar criminal defense. 

Mr. Brafman, a former Assistant District Attorney in the Rackets Bureau of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, has been in private practice since 1980. Mr. Brafman is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and was selected by New York Magazine as the “Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in New York.” Mr. Brafman was presented with the “first” ever Clarence Darrow Award for Distinguished Practitioner by the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and most recently, he received the Robert M. Morgenthau Award from the Police Athletic League for outstanding achievements in the field of Criminal Defense.

Mr. Brafman has represented a wide range of high-profile celebrities, business leaders, lawyers and professionals in major criminal cases throughout the country, Canada, Europe, Israel, and South Africa. Mr. Brafman’s acquittal record in complex criminal trials is among the highest in New York City and he lectures widely throughout the United States on issues related to trial advocacy.


Henry David G.

great stories. good instructor with good insights and tips.

Ben P.

excellent CLE

Tsion C.

Very informative!

daniel h.

Great lecture

Jerry L G.

Mr. Brafman is simply fantastic. He’s fun to watch - both here and in the media!

Antoine F.

he always does a great job!

benjamin a.

he's great

Michael B.

Please get Mr. Brafman to do additional CLE courses. He is an excellent presenter and the content is extremely useful.

Joey J.

Talented man

Morse G.

Very clear and concise presentation, with relevant real-life examples. Thanks!

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