Finding the Leitmotif

Bostwick, Gary L.
November 2008
Communications Lawyer;Nov2008, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p10
The article presents suggestions for lawyers on how to make a good opening statement to the jury. It suggests that lawyers should ensure that when they have finished their opening, the jury should like them and trust them. The jury needs to know that lawyers understand how serious this matter is to them and what problems they may face in arriving each day and dealing with the issues. It is noted that a lawyer should keep in mind the elements of proof that will be in the ultimate jury instructions and how he or she is going to argue them when the evidence is in. It suggests following the jury instructions during the opening, and finding a closing statement that makes jurors clearly get the point.


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