Delivering a compelling closing argument closes the deal at trial and leads to victory, but putting together a cogent, riveting, and persuasive closing argument starts well before it is actually presented. This program, taught by nationally recognized defense attorney Joey Jackson, will teach the steps necessary to lay the foundation for a winning closing argument, culminating with an effective delivery.
Before the trial even begins, the skillful advocate is mindful of the opportunity that motions in limine present in excluding unfavorable evidence. During jury selection, the jurors must be conditioned to the strengths and weaknesses of the advocate’s case, making jurors more receptive to reasonable arguments. Thereafter, during the trial, each line of inquiry on direct examination should further the advocate’s narrative. Similarly, on cross examination, the questions should be designed to minimize harmful facts and highlight those that further your theory of the case. The closing argument enables the advocate to pull their theory together - putting the most favorable evidence before the jury. In doing so, adverse evidence must be minimized and explained. Exhibits that advance the cause of victory must be highlighted and emblazoned in the minds of jurors. These include documents, photos, video, audio, portions of the highlighted trial transcript, and anything else that educates the jury in a favorable way.
In short, this course teaches the advocate how to develop their case throughout trial, build towards and deliver exceptional closing arguments, and win the case.
This course originally appeared as a part of our June 2019 Bridge the Gap Event.
Joey Jackson is a nationally-recognized criminal defense attorney who has for nearly two decades represented individuals and labor unions in state and federal court. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Mr. Jackson was appointed Assistant District Attorney under Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan. Following a successful career as a Prosecutor where he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, Mr. Jackson joined the firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP., where he serves as Senior Trial Counsel specializing in Criminal Defense and Labor & Employment. Prior to Law School, he earned his MPA from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. While earning his Master's Degree, he worked for the N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker as a Legislative Analyst. He also holds a B.A. from SUNY Brockport, where he participated in the honors program, directed the student-run Legal Information Service, served as student body president, and interned with the N.Y.S. Education Department as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. In addition to defending clients criminally and representing them in other related matters, he is also employed by CNN/HLN as a Legal Analyst.