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Crafting Effective Opening and Closing Statements in Federal Criminal Cases

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Produced on September 13, 2018

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Course Information

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

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

Credit Information

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Faculty

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.



Reviews

KB
Kathleen B.

This was the best presentation I’ve seen. Mr. Brafman is a star. Excellent presentation.

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Camilla L.

Excellent presentation. Knowledge and experience is KING.

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bernard h.

as good as it gets

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Luz Y.

EXCELLENT! The voice of true experience and hard work. A dose of reality and candor.

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Chauncy B.

Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jonathan N.

This is the best CLE from Lawline I have viewed.

BD
Benjamin D.

Always a treat to watch and learn

DB
Dana B.

Ben Brafman is an excellent lawyer as well as teacher! Great lecture!

RS
Raj S.

Very good presentation and very useful. Good and interesting speaker with interesting experiences

RL
Richard V L.

Very well done

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Stacey P.

Great lecture, very knowledgeable and great to hear real stories

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Cynthia B.

Great stuff!

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claudia b.

excellent!

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Chris S.

Brafman one of the best . Brutally honest .

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Matthew K.

excellent

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Cynthia J. T.

Good trial lawyers work at it - Ben Brafman outstanding

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Gregory N.

A true master. Thanks for sharing , Ben

DW
David W.

Outstanding! He was great!

GO
Grant O.

Excellent CLE

BK
Brent K.

Good courses

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Barbara B.

Great presentation!

LJ
Lisa J.

Best presenter I've seen.

JW
Jonathan W.

Best course I've taken

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angela v.

Great lecture, thanks for sharing wee earned wisdom...

DF
Daniel F.

Great speaker!

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Tracey L.

I enjoyed speaker. Thorough knowledge of subject matter.

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Kyle E.

Very good. I have a trial coming up and I was debating whether or not to do an opening and this was really helpful in my decision to have one.

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Steven L.

Great lecture

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Cody D.

Outstanding presentation -- trial attorneys are incredible.

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Holly D.

Favorite presenter by far.

ML
Mark L.

What an excellent presenter! He is clearly experienced and knowledgeable and the lessons I learned will be put to use.

TC
Trevor C.

I've been practicing for 20 years, but there's always room for improvement and it's a thing of beauty to listen to and learn from a seasoned trial lawyer.

MH
Maureen H.

A compelling and very well done presentation! Outstanding.

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Michelle W.

Best program yet!!

PG
Paul G.

Fantastic lecture - Not just for federal criminal cases but state as well

EF
Ellen F.

Thanks

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J.Steven S.

one of the best lecturers in the entire program

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Lyle H.

Mr. Brahman has presented an outstanding course. Bravo!

NZ
Nicholas Z.

Used real world examples making this lecture very relatable and interesting.

VW
Virginia W.

This is probably the best CLE I've ever listened to!

JL
John L.

What an excellent speaker. Totally held my attention. Informative and entertaining.

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Deborah S.

Great course, very informative.

KO
Kathy O.

Outstanding speaker.

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Julie C.

Very engaging and entertaining! I look forward to listening to more of Mr. Brafman’s Lawline lectures.

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William T.

Points discussed apply are applicable to all litigators irrespective of style or ability. One of the the most useful CLE I have experienced.

TS
Thomas S.

A plus

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georgianne r.

Informative, interesting, entertaining. Among the best CLEs I have ever taken.

SP
Scott P.

Excellent.

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Elizabeth P.

That was awesome! Best one yet.

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richard d.

Excellent.

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William D.

I have tried over 50 criminal jury cases and I took this course to test my judgment against the speakers. I learned things that I had never thought of. Good job.

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John H.

I really liked this guy. Not even close to my area of practice–I don’t touch criminal cases–but I would encourage any civil litigator to listen/watch this as well. Criminal lawyers almost always have the best advice for trying cases, and in addition Mr. Brafman is genuinely engaging as a speaker.

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Barbara D.

Excellent

OM
Omid M.

OnE OF THE BEST

CF
Carlos F.

Excellent presentation

DW
David W.

Spectacular! This is why he is the one and only Ben Brafman.

SS
Shellie S.

Highest recommendation

KY
Kenneth Y.

Amazing

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Stephen S.

Ben Brafman is a legend! Very entertaining!

MB
Michelle B.

engaging presenter

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Robert S.

this is really good. He has a lot of experience and real world advice. excellent course.

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William N.

Very well put to together and presentation was great.

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Harrison S.

A tour d’force! Excellent and very knowledgeable!

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Henry David G.

great stories. good instructor with good insights and tips.

BP
Ben P.

excellent CLE

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Tsion C.

Very informative!

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daniel h.

Great lecture

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Jerry L G.

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

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Antoine F.

he always does a great job!

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benjamin a.

he's great

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Michael B.

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

JJ
Joey J.

Talented man

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Morse G.

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

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