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Grand Opening: Creating an Effective, Engaging, & Winning Opening Statement in State Criminal Cases

1h 34m

Created on July 22, 2021





You only get one chance to make a first impression. Cases can be won or lost in opening statements. This course will walk you through how to create an effective, engaging, and memorable opening statement. The course will show you the different types and styles of opening statements by using actual trial video clips from both sides, prosecution, and defense. Learn how to not over promise and under deliver which ultimately can be fatal in the case outcome. Plus, learn how and when to use exhibits and technology in your opening. This program will benefit trial attorneys of all levels. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Craft effective and engaging opening statement in state criminal cases 

  2. Discuss what information should be included in an opening statement

  3. Develop strategies for countering your adversary's opening and addressing bad facts in your opening

  4. Creating the case narrative through your opening

  5. Discuss Using Exhibits and Technology in your opening

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