How to Conduct A Criminal Jury Trial Part II: From Openings and Closings to Verdict

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Litigation

Course Description

In Part Two of this two-part program on Criminal Jury Trials, former Public Defender Saad Siddiqui will discuss valuable techniques for shaping your theory of the case through a consistent narrative in your trial performance, taking you from your opening statement to your closing statement and beyond. He will also discuss post-verdict motions, sentencing considerations, and how to obtain the best possible outcome for your client no matter the verdict. 

The program will benefit criminal defense attorneys at beginner and intermediate levels of practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Weave your theory of the case into a consistent, believable narrative throughout the trial
  2. Humanize your client in front of the jury
  3. Minimize the fallout to your client from a bad verdict and preserve the case for appeal

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Saad Siddiqui

Westchester County Department of Law

Saad Siddiqui is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received his law degree from Pace University School of Law. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Siddiqui was an Associate at the law firm of Young & Bartlett, LLP in White Plains, New York where he represented clients in criminal and civil matters. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Siddiqui was Associate Counsel in the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County. In that capacity he represented hundreds of clients in all types of criminal cases ranging from criminal, traffic, and DWI offenses in local and village courts to murder and other serious felonies at the trial and appellate level.

Presently Mr. Siddiqui is a Senior Assistant County Attorney with the Westchester County Department of Law.