Closing Argument is the trial’s denouement. To be successful, it must be satisfying and persuasive to the jury. However, often, too often, it becomes a liability due to poor planning or execution. Your Closing Argument needs to be engaging, goal-oriented, honest, and delivered with passion and verve.
Voir Dire (Jury Selection) is your opportunity to handpick an audience for your trial story. To assist you, I offer the following six considerations in planning and conducting Voir Dire.
an effective direct examination should be more like friends sitting in a living room, with the sound of crackling logs burning in a warm fireplace, catching up and telling stories. Direct examination is not an interrogation; it is a conversation. This article will provide three tips that will turn any direct examination into a friendly conversation that tells a story and will be easier for jurors to follow and understand.
The following is a checklist to help you prepare and execute a compelling Opening Statement. In your first few trials, be sure to review the list until the items become familiar and habitual.
The following is a checklist to help you prepare and deliver a successful Closing Argument. In your first few trials, be sure to review this list until the items become familiar and habitual.
The following is a checklist to help you prepare and conduct an effective Voir Dire (Jury Selection). Voir Dire is your opportunity to hand-select the audience for your trial. If you plan, prepare and perform, you will maximize your client’s chance of success even before the evidence begins.