Summation: A Work in Progress

(2594 Ratings)

Produced on: May 07, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

As any experienced criminal defense lawyer will tell you, a good summation begins to take shape when you first meet the client, and begin to understand the nature of the charges you will be defending. A trial lawyer who writes his or her entire summation after the close of evidence does not properly understand the process. Simply put, a good summation is a work in progress. It is shaped and continues to be shaped from the time you meet your client until the trial ends.

 

What is included in a summation will of course vary from case to case, the particular defendant in the hot seat, the strength or weakness of the Government’s case and whether or not any particular affirmative defense has been put forward. So too will the substance and content of a summation vary with the degree of confidence and experience of the lawyer delivering it.

 

Criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman returns in his newest Lawline program to discuss the various tactics attorneys should employ to master the art of the summation, tactics that remain effective in spite of the fact that every case is different and every trial lawyer unique. 

 

Learning Objectives:

I.      Understand the "style" of a summation 

II.     Know and understand your case 

III.    Grasp how to take the "sting" out of the prosecutor's summation 

IV.    Effectively use exhibits and / or graphics

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

BM
Baldwin M.

Great course.

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James C.

This is one of the very best presentations Lawline has to offer, at least in my 6 or 8 year experience after watching dozens of them.

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Robyn R.

Great presenter.

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Barbara C.

This course was excellent! Very articulate and clearly demonstrates how to do summations based on longstanding trial experience.

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James D.

very good ideas

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Lisa P.

Excellent from beginning to end!

MM
Meichelle M.

Very good!!

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Saadya B.

Excellent! Classy, artful, and clear!!

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Stacie F.

Fantastic. Incredible practical advice beautifully presented

EM
Edward M.

Excellent presentation and presenter

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REUVEN E.

Many lawline presenters are good - he is great!

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Michael U.

Brafman was excellent.

HM
Heather M.

Very practical CLE.

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Thomas M.

Excellent in every facet. A must watch for both criminal and civil trial lawyers.

SC
Shelley C.

Great speaker with great information.

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Patricia D.

Excellelnt

RM
Rebecca M.

Very helpful for planning future summations.

MM
Mark M.

fun presenter. i would imagine he gives a persuasive and compelling closing

TG
Terri Weatherby G.

Very good presentation.

BH
Bill H.

great presentation

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Elizabeth S.

This was an excellent program. Good teacher!

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Darla G.

Worthwhile!

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Duane D.

Fabulous presentation

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L. Zoe T.

Excellent presentation !

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Arthur R.

Ben Brafman was outstanding. The best presenter that I have heard listening to the lawline presentations.

ME
Michael E.

Great

DK
Dorothy K.

Excellent, informative presentation

JB
john b.

Mr. Brofman's humility and honesty are so apparent in this video that it is obvious why he has won so many trials.

YR
Yevgeny R.

Great video on trial practice especially in criminal matters

ZM
Zachary M.

WWBS? ("What would Brafman say?")(58:32 et seq.) Not a bad mantra for any of us.

AW
Andrietta W.

Excellent presenter. Informative, interesting, useful and practical. Examples and explanations from his trail experience.

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Patrick S.

excellent!

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Jose F.

ONe of the best criminal law presentations I have ever heard. This attorney is excellent. Had me ribbetted to my chair the whole time. He should appear often as a speaker in criminal law.

CC
Cate C.

This is one of the top presentations I have seen. Thank you.

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Michele P.

Exceptional.

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LEE B.

Super interesting and useful.

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Scott T.

One word: FABULOUS!

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William D.

EXCELLENT PRIMER ON SUMMATIONS!

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Assly S.

Even though I practice civil and not criminal trial work this was VERY GOOD. The tips and strategies and legal points he raised are excellent. Wonderful CLE.

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Annmarie C.

Very good presenter, enjoyable to listen to.

MC
Mary C.

Excellent!

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Lawren L.

Completely amazing.

BM
Brent M.

Very helpful! Thank you

MR
Mark R.

Excellent. Clearly and vividly presented.

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Rob D.

Excellent presentation. Thank you.

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Patricia C.

Mr. Brafman is the real deal. I was a prosecutor for 13 years. His professional content was very practical and informative about criminal defense and argument.

GM
Greg M.

outstanding presentation with many useful tips.

HK
Hillary K.

Very interesting and informative presentation.

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DAVID S.

Excellent presentation with great tips for trial lawyers!

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terry g.

Excellent

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Christopher D.

Excellent.

CF
Charles F.

best lecturer in the series practical, useable, and potent points

DS
David S.

Engaging and right on from start to finish. Don't miss this lecture. Mr. Brafman has a presence that is evident throughout the lecture as well, making the presentation value on all levels.

TM
Tony M.

This was the best program I've seen so far! Mr. Bartman did an excellent job...

HD
Holly D.

GREAT PRESENTATION. VERY ENGAGING.

AK
Agnieszka K.

Excellent course.

MG
MIchael G.

very well presented

CB
Catherine B.

Such a terrific course by a terrific presenter! He reminds us that we attorneys aren't in this alone and that our colleagues are great resources, too.

AL
Anthony L.

Excellent

HK
Harry L. K.

Mr.Brafman's presentation was masterful and surely warrants your efforts to engage him to give more CLE lectures. Thank you.

MB
Mark B.

Great CLE!

MG
Mitchell G.

Very helpful

AS
Asha S.

Very good presentation. Interesting and good content.

JG
Jay G.

Thorough presentation by very knowledgeable speaker. Good examples given of areas covered

RQ
Rita Q.

This presenter is fabulous.

JK
Jason K.

Awesome

MH
Michael H.

Great presentation by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

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benjamin a.

liked it very much

AF
Antoine F.

great course

PF
Peter F.

good presentation

KB
kathleen b.

excellent presentation

LB
Louise B.

Brilliant I know who to hire if I get into trouble

DW
Donna W.

The instructor is mesmerizing! His presentation is clear and so logical!

PM
paul m.

Great.

JM
John M.

Great presentation from an obviously very experienced trial lawyer

AD
Alfred D.

There is always something new to learn.

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Theodor S.

This was the best course on Summation - would be helpful to any attorney at any stage of their career. Impressive and concise presentation.

HM
holly m.

Excellent

KS
Kenneth S.

Awesome!

CO
Carrie O.

I would like to do criminal defense trial work-this seminar is great guidance

JM
John R. M.

Mr. Brafman covered the subject clearly and as completely as he could in 60 min.

HP
Hugh A. P.

Great presentation, good points.

MG
Montel G.

Outstanding!

JH
James H.

Awesome. Learned a lot from the small to the big. Inspiring.

KH
Kelly H.

Liked the idea of going to court and watching for judge's style in advance.

JG
John G.

Masterly. The best CLE video I have seen in two years. I saved it for the end of my current CLE, and it proved to be my reward. Watch it and you will understand.

JM
Joseph M.

Excellent

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Thomas L.

Outstanding presentation!

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Diane E.

very good presentation

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Aileen B.

Excellent presentation. Good tips.

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Elizabeth H.

This was one I was very interested in, as I ham building my own criminal practice. It was very good and I got a lot of good ideas for future work!

EE
Evan E.

This instructor was really excellent.

RJ
Rebecca J.

Excellent presentation.

RG
Rebecca G.

Enjoyed this program - felt like a good trial ad refresher.

JE
Joel E.

I'd like to point out that your service is particularly useful to someone like me who is on the road a great deal. Being able to listen to the MP3 version of these presentations on the road is extremely helpful. I'm glad I subscribed for a year as it will permit me to have some "great listening" throughout the year.

DG
Dana G.

What an amazing presentation.

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Terence M. H.

This is the best presentation I've seen in 2016. Mr. Branfman certainly deserves his fine reputation.

JB
Jessica B.

fantastic speaker

EL
Edmond L.

Great speaker!

HF
Horace F.

Excellent

TK
Terry K.

Best CLE I have watched

SH
Steve H.

Loved this one. Great job!

LH
Lee H.

Really an excellent presentation--all without any pause or dull stuff!!! Brafman is obviously a very experienced and thoughtful attorney!!! He gets a 10 on a 10 on my scorecard!!!

MS
mark s.

very informative!!

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William H.

Instructor was inspiring!

JH
Jennifer H.

Excellent!

SS
Scott S.

Excellent presentation.

GD
Gary D.

Excellent presentation. Rich with shared professional experience.

JV
Jeffrey V.

excellent presentation that gave me reminders of a number of objectives and means to better present my case...thanks

MB
Martin B.

Highly informative & interestingly presented!

RG
Robert G.

Very good presentation

TM
Thomas M.

Excellent speaker and very knowledgeable!

GH
Glenda H.

Would love to see other courses taught by Mr. Brafman.

CB
CHARLES B.

Brahman is very good !

EP
Edward P.

great job by Ben

ML
Michael L.

First-rate advice. As concise and on point as a good summation.

FB
forrest b.

this guy was great. wish we had him another 10 hours

RK
Raymond K.

Everyone who tries cases needs to listen to this really good lawyer describe how to conduct a summation.

MB
Marc B.

excellent clear speaker

MS
Maxim S.

Excellent presentation!!

NM
Nancy M.

A remarkable speaker with really good recommendations for creating an excellent summation. I would highly recommend this course!

SM
Susan M.

Excellent practice tips and advice as to how to work the court system better by scrutinizing clerks and judges.

GG
Gerardo G.

Great job! Brilliant presentation!

PK
Paul K.

Excellent presentation.

SR
Stewart R.

this cat is smooth

SV
Steve V.

Brafman is outstanding in this program.

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stella s.

This guy should teach more classes. This was really quite good and practical. Not at all boring.

JF
June B. F.

Outstanding, well-seasoned advice

RK
Robert K.

Very worthwhile!

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Emma T.

Good course.

PB
Paul B.

This was one of the best presentations. Great orator.

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THOMAS F.

Very informative.

AL
Alfred L.

As always. he is the greatest!

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Allan C.

Excellent class.

CG
Christopher G.

Fantastic. The only thing I would add is to watch as many closing arguments as you can and more than likely you will see things you should NOT do.

BF
Brittin F.

Excellent!

SB
Suzanne B.

Very informative.

BM
Becky M.

The presentor was excellent, and I would like another hour of his advice and guidance.

JM
James M.

This was excellent. Lots of great practice pointers. This is one of the very best Lawline programs.

MT
Mark T.

Great presentation

GB
Gilbert B.

Outstanding.

HC
Heather C.

He was excellent. I enjoyed his style and his entire presentation!

JF
Jeremy F.

Phenomenal. He's such a good speaker that I could listen to him tell you the price of groceries at local supermarkets, and I would not get bored. But his content is amazing here, as well.

RF
Ronald F.

Possibly the best presentation I have ever seen, Thank you

RM
Robert M.

Very good and informative!

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Tom S.

Great presentation

LK
Lisa K.

excellent

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DORA B.

Great job! I'm !

LE
Lisa E.

Excellent.

SR
Suzin R.

The speaker was excellent!

CH
Carl H.

Excellent

MZ
Michael Z.

If I could give a 5 rating, I would. If I could give a 10 rating, I would. This alone is worth the price of admission. Excellent!

JL
Jonathan L.

Outrageously good!

PM
Paul M.

For the time alotted this experienced speaker did an impressive job.

CB
Christopher B.

I can't believe you were able to get Ben Brafman as an instructor.

VK
Virginia K.

Useful presentation.

MS
Michael S.

awesome speaker with great insight

CR
Caitlin R.

best one i've seen

DH
Debra H.

Brahman is the best speaker Lawline has

MW
Matthew W.

very helpful. impressive speaker and advocate.

PH
Patrick B. H.

great ideas on expressing jury nullification

HC
hal c.

Very good

LF
Lawrence F.

VEry experienced litigator and speaker.

IL
Ira L.

excellent

JG
Jolie G.

Thisguy is amazing!

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John S.

Good Presentation.

MB
Marie B.

Great speaker

CK
Clara K.

Interesting tips and strategies.

DR
David R.

lots of info packed into course. Enjoyed it. Most helpful

DM
David M.

very informative and useful

RS
Robert S.

excellent

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Scott Q.

Outstanding!

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Selina C.

very concise.

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Alan S.

Excellent in all respects

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Christopher L.

Best one!

NV
Nicholas V.

Your best presenter, consistently.

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George S E.

Although I do not try litigation, I thought his insights were excellent.

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Carole D.

Brafman was excellent!

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Nick W.

It's great to get these tips from a legal legend.

MS
Melissa S.

I would love to see Brafman in court after seeing this!

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