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.
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
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.
Brafman is perhaps the best presenter I have heard.
Very helpful. Instructor is exceptional
Thanks Ben, for sharing your experiences and insights.
Amazing & Talented Man
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.
This course was excellent! Very articulate and clearly demonstrates how to do summations based on longstanding trial experience.
very good ideas
Excellent from beginning to end!
Excellent! Classy, artful, and clear!!
Fantastic. Incredible practical advice beautifully presented
Excellent presentation and presenter
Many lawline presenters are good - he is great!
Brafman was excellent.
Very practical CLE.
Excellent in every facet. A must watch for both criminal and civil trial lawyers.
Great speaker with great information.
Very helpful for planning future summations.
fun presenter. i would imagine he gives a persuasive and compelling closing
Very good presentation.
This was an excellent program. Good teacher!
Excellent presentation !
Ben Brafman was outstanding. The best presenter that I have heard listening to the lawline presentations.
Excellent, informative presentation
Mr. Brofman's humility and honesty are so apparent in this video that it is obvious why he has won so many trials.
Great video on trial practice especially in criminal matters
WWBS? ("What would Brafman say?")(58:32 et seq.) Not a bad mantra for any of us.
Excellent presenter. Informative, interesting, useful and practical. Examples and explanations from his trail experience.
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.
This is one of the top presentations I have seen. Thank you.
Super interesting and useful.
One word: FABULOUS!
EXCELLENT PRIMER ON SUMMATIONS!
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.
Very good presenter, enjoyable to listen to.
Very helpful! Thank you
Excellent. Clearly and vividly presented.
Excellent presentation. Thank you.
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.
outstanding presentation with many useful tips.
Very interesting and informative presentation.
Excellent presentation with great tips for trial lawyers!
best lecturer in the series practical, useable, and potent points
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.
This was the best program I've seen so far! Mr. Bartman did an excellent job...
GREAT PRESENTATION. VERY ENGAGING.
very well presented
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.
Mr.Brafman's presentation was masterful and surely warrants your efforts to engage him to give more CLE lectures. Thank you.
Very good presentation. Interesting and good content.
Thorough presentation by very knowledgeable speaker. Good examples given of areas covered
This presenter is fabulous.
Great presentation by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.
liked it very much
Brilliant I know who to hire if I get into trouble
The instructor is mesmerizing! His presentation is clear and so logical!
Great presentation from an obviously very experienced trial lawyer
There is always something new to learn.
This was the best course on Summation - would be helpful to any attorney at any stage of their career. Impressive and concise presentation.
I would like to do criminal defense trial work-this seminar is great guidance
Mr. Brafman covered the subject clearly and as completely as he could in 60 min.
Great presentation, good points.
Awesome. Learned a lot from the small to the big. Inspiring.
Liked the idea of going to court and watching for judge's style in advance.
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.
very good presentation
Excellent presentation. Good tips.
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!
This instructor was really excellent.
Enjoyed this program - felt like a good trial ad refresher.
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.
What an amazing presentation.
This is the best presentation I've seen in 2016. Mr. Branfman certainly deserves his fine reputation.
Best CLE I have watched
Loved this one. Great job!
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!!!
Instructor was inspiring!
Excellent presentation. Rich with shared professional experience.
excellent presentation that gave me reminders of a number of objectives and means to better present my case...thanks
Highly informative & interestingly presented!
Very good presentation
Excellent speaker and very knowledgeable!
Would love to see other courses taught by Mr. Brafman.
Brahman is very good !
great job by Ben
First-rate advice. As concise and on point as a good summation.
this guy was great. wish we had him another 10 hours
Everyone who tries cases needs to listen to this really good lawyer describe how to conduct a summation.
excellent clear speaker
A remarkable speaker with really good recommendations for creating an excellent summation. I would highly recommend this course!
Excellent practice tips and advice as to how to work the court system better by scrutinizing clerks and judges.
Great job! Brilliant presentation!
this cat is smooth
Brafman is outstanding in this program.
This guy should teach more classes. This was really quite good and practical. Not at all boring.
Outstanding, well-seasoned advice
This was one of the best presentations. Great orator.
As always. he is the greatest!
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.
The presentor was excellent, and I would like another hour of his advice and guidance.
This was excellent. Lots of great practice pointers. This is one of the very best Lawline programs.
He was excellent. I enjoyed his style and his entire presentation!
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.
Possibly the best presentation I have ever seen, Thank you
Very good and informative!
Great job! I'm !
The speaker was excellent!
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!
For the time alotted this experienced speaker did an impressive job.
I can't believe you were able to get Ben Brafman as an instructor.
awesome speaker with great insight
best one i've seen
Brahman is the best speaker Lawline has
very helpful. impressive speaker and advocate.
great ideas on expressing jury nullification
VEry experienced litigator and speaker.
Thisguy is amazing!
Interesting tips and strategies.
lots of info packed into course. Enjoyed it. Most helpful
very informative and useful
Excellent in all respects
Your best presenter, consistently.
Although I do not try litigation, I thought his insights were excellent.
Brafman was excellent!
It's great to get these tips from a legal legend.
I would love to see Brafman in court after seeing this!