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ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 20-23, 2005: Lasting Impressions: The Role of Closing Arguments 1 Lasting Impressions: The Role of Closing Argument Linda L. Listrom Jenner & Block LLP Chicago, Illinois THE ROLE OF CLOSING ARGUMENT Lets begin by talking about what closing argument is not. Closing argument is not the time in the trial to begin to tell the jury your story. Nor is closing argument the first time you articulate your theory or themes. If you have tried the case...

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