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Open and Shut: How to Draft and Deliver a Knockout Opening Statement and Closing Argument


Cost: There is no cost to attend this program, however, registration is required.


1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pacific

The opening statement and closing argument are critically important bookends to any jury trial. A great opening will serve as a roadmap for the jury and for the trial team, and provide the jury the best possible introduction to the narrative of your case. A great closing can seal the deal and help you earn a winning verdict.

In the next installment in Seyfarth’s Trial Education Series, seasoned trial attorneys from our National Trial Team will share strategies and best practices for crafting and delivering knockout opening statements and closing arguments.

Specifically, our presenters will address:

  • How in-house counsel can take an active role in shaping the opening and closing\
  • Which themes to present — and not to present — in the opening statement
  • How to respond to challenging facts
  • Six steps to help prepare and deliver a compelling closing argument, even under intense time pressure

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*CLE Credit for this webinar has been awarded in the following states: CA, IL, NY and NJ. CLE Credit is pending for the following states: GA, TX and VA. Please note that in order to receive full credit for attending this webinar, the registrant must be present for the entire session.