Summation: A Work in Progress

Production Date: May 07, 2015 Practice Areas: Criminal Law and Litigation Estimated Length: 3620 minutes


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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

Lisa P.
Far Rockaway, NY

Excellent from beginning to end!

Meichelle M.

Very good!!

Saadya B.
Queens, NY

Excellent! Classy, artful, and clear!!

Stacie F.
New York, NY

Fantastic. Incredible practical advice beautifully presented

Edward M.
Los Gatos, CA

Excellent presentation and presenter


Many lawline presenters are good - he is great!

Michael U.
Tuscaloosa, AL

Brafman was excellent.

Heather M.
Basalt, CO

Very practical CLE.

Thomas M.
Fort Worth, TX

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

Shelley C.
Gilmer, TX

Great speaker with great information.

Patricia D.
Mabank, TX


Rebecca M.
Alvin, TX

Very helpful for planning future summations.

Mark M.
San Bernardino, CA

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

Terri Weatherby G.
Gilmer, TX

Very good presentation.

Bill H.
Tyler, TX

great presentation

Elizabeth S.
Guilford, CT

This was an excellent program. Good teacher!

Darla G.
Dallas, TX


Duane D.
Hendersonville, TN

Fabulous presentation

L. Zoe T.
Chicago, IL

Excellent presentation !

Arthur R.
Chicago, IL

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

Michael E.
Highland Park, IL


Dorothy K.
New City, NY

Excellent, informative presentation

john b.
Brownwood, TX

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

Yevgeny R.
Brooklyn, NY

Great video on trial practice especially in criminal matters

Zachary M.
Melville, NY

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

Andrietta W.
Chicago, IL

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

Patrick S.
Greenwich, CT


Jose F.
columbia, SC

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.

Cate C.
Fayetteville, NC

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

Michele P.
New York, NY


La Jolla, CA

Super interesting and useful.

Scott T.
San Francisco, CA

One word: FABULOUS!

William D.
Denver, CO


Assly S.
Vista, CA

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.

Annmarie C.
Boulder, CO

Very good presenter, enjoyable to listen to.

Mary C.
Seattle, WA


Lawren L.
Gallatin, TN

Completely amazing.

Brent M.
Layton, UT

Very helpful! Thank you

Mark R.
Memphis, TN

Excellent. Clearly and vividly presented.

Rob D.
Napa, CA

Excellent presentation. Thank you.

Patricia C.
Jefferson, TX

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.

Greg M.
Fultondale, AL

outstanding presentation with many useful tips.

Hillary K.
Brighton, BNH

Very interesting and informative presentation.

Manhattan, NY

Excellent presentation with great tips for trial lawyers!

terry g.
Canfield, OH


Christopher D.
New York, NY


Charles F.
Garden City, NY

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

David S.
Atlanta, GA

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.

Tony M.
Ogden, UT

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

Holly D.
Denver, CO


Agnieszka K.
Queens, NY

Excellent course.

MIchael G.
Chicago, IL

very well presented

Catherine B.
Nashville, TN

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.

Anthony L.
Wilton, CT


Harry L. K.
Brooklyn, NY

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

Mark B.

Great CLE!

Mitchell G.
New York, NY

Very helpful

Asha S.
Chicago, IL

Very good presentation. Interesting and good content.

Jay G.
Lovisville, KY

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

Rita Q.
Denver, CO

This presenter is fabulous.

Jason K.
Aurora, IL


Michael H.
Chicago, IL

Great presentation by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

benjamin a.
New York, NY

liked it very much

Antoine F.
Port Arthur, TX

great course

Peter F.
Palatine, IL

good presentation

kathleen b.
Springfield, IL

excellent presentation

Louise B.
Aroma Park, IL

Brilliant I know who to hire if I get into trouble

Donna W.
Northbrook, IL

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

paul m.
Chicago, IL


John M.
San Antonio, TX

Great presentation from an obviously very experienced trial lawyer

Alfred D.
Long Beach, CA

There is always something new to learn.

Theodor S.
New York, NY

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

holly m.
Naperville, IL


Kenneth S.
Sacramento, CA


Carrie O.
Forest Hills, AL

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

John R. M.
Villa Park,, IL

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

Hugh A. P.
Fort Worth, TX

Great presentation, good points.

Montel G.
Chicago, IL


James H.
Waukegan, IL

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

Kelly H.
Washington, DC

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

John G.
Fremont, OH

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.

Joseph M.
Waukegan, IL


Thomas L.

Outstanding presentation!

Diane E.
Justice, IL

very good presentation

Aileen B.
Elmhurst, IL

Excellent presentation. Good tips.

Elizabeth H.
Barrington, IL

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!

Evan E.
Chicago, IL

This instructor was really excellent.

Rebecca J.
Chicago, IL

Excellent presentation.

Rebecca G.
Chicago, IL

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

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.

Dana G.
Temecula, CA

What an amazing presentation.

Terence M. H.
Chicago, IL

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

Jessica B.
Evanston, IL

fantastic speaker

Edmond L.
Chicago, IL

Great speaker!

Horace F.
Chicago, IL


Terry K.
Galena, IL

Best CLE I have watched

Steve H.
Redondo Beach, CA

Loved this one. Great job!

Lee H.
Arlinghton heights, IL

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!!!

mark s.
Ft Worth, TX

very informative!!

William H.
Wilmette, IL

Instructor was inspiring!

Jennifer H.
Burr Ridge, IL


Scott S.
Uniondale, AL

Excellent presentation.

Gary D.
Woodlawn, IL

Excellent presentation. Rich with shared professional experience.

Jeffrey V.
Melville, NY

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

Martin B.
Las Vegas, NV

Highly informative & interestingly presented!

Robert G.
Chesapeake, VA

Very good presentation

Thomas M.
Lee's Summit, MO

Excellent speaker and very knowledgeable!

Glenda H.
Newark, NJ

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

New York, NY

Brahman is very good !

Edward P.
Cold Spring Harbor, NY

great job by Ben

Michael L.
New York, NY

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

forrest b.
Moab, UT

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

Raymond K.
Bedford, NY

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

Marc B.

excellent clear speaker

Maxim S.
New York, NY

Excellent presentation!!

Nancy M.
Gainesville, TX

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

Susan M.
Salem, MA

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

Gerardo G.
McAllen, TX

Great job! Brilliant presentation!

Paul K.
Huntsville, AL

Excellent presentation.

Stewart R.
Austin, TX

this cat is smooth

Steve V.
Sherman, TX

Brafman is outstanding in this program.

stella s.
houston, TX

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

June B. F.
Lake Zurich, IL

Outstanding, well-seasoned advice

Robert K.
Boulder, CO

Very worthwhile!

Emma T.
Nashville, TN

Good course.

Paul B.
Radnor, PA

This was one of the best presentations. Great orator.

Santa Barbara, CA

Very informative.

Alfred L.
Chicago, IL

As always. he is the greatest!

Allan C.
placentia, CA

Excellent class.

Christopher G.
Corpus Christi, TX

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.

Brittin F.
San Diego, CA


Suzanne B.
Tucson, AZ

Very informative.

Becky M.
Henderson, NC

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

James M.
Broomfield, CO

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

Mark T.
Centennial, CO

Great presentation

Gilbert B.
San Antonio, LB


Heather C.
Seattle, WA

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

Jeremy F.
Los Angeles, CA

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.

Ronald F.
el cajon, CA

Possibly the best presentation I have ever seen, Thank you

Robert M.
Flag Pond, TN

Very good and informative!

Tom S.
Plano, TX

Great presentation

Lisa K.
Larchmont, NY


Clute, TX

Great job! I'm !

Lisa E.
Chevy Chase, MD


Suzin R.
White Plains, NY

The speaker was excellent!

Carl H.


Michael Z.
Flushing, NY

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!

Jonathan L.
New City, NY

Outrageously good!

Paul M.
Clifton, NJ

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

Christopher B.
Ashburn, VA

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

Virginia K.
Princeton, NJ

Useful presentation.

Michael S.
Kew Gardens, NY

awesome speaker with great insight

Caitlin R.
New York, NY

best one i've seen

Debra H.
Smithtown, NY

Brahman is the best speaker Lawline has

Matthew W.
Glenview, IL

very helpful. impressive speaker and advocate.

Patrick B. H.
Carmel, NY

great ideas on expressing jury nullification

hal c.
Sonora, CA

Very good

Lawrence F.
New York, NY

VEry experienced litigator and speaker.

Ira L.
Demarest, NJ


Jolie G.
Chicago, IL

Thisguy is amazing!

John S.
Albany, NY

Good Presentation.

Marie B.
Harrison, NY

Great speaker

Clara K.
New York, NY

Interesting tips and strategies.

David R.
Chicago, IL

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

David M.
San Diego, CA

very informative and useful

Robert S.
Chicago, IL


Scott Q.
Mt. Vernon, IL


Selina C.
brooklyn, NY

very concise.

Alan S.
Carle Place, NY

Excellent in all respects

Christopher L.
Northbrook, IL

Best one!

Nicholas V.
Oak Park, IL

Your best presenter, consistently.

George S E.
Rockville Centre, NY

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

Carole D.
Nesconset, NY

Brafman was excellent!

Nick W.
Lancaster, PA

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

Melissa S.
Circle Pines, MN

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