July 01, 2014

Sua Sponte: A Judge Comments

A judge offers advice on successful opening statements.

Hon. Brendan Sheehan

Ms. Brune offers thorough and comprehensive guidance. As she aptly emphasizes, opening statements are critical and often underused. They are critical because they are your first opportunity to present your theory of the case in a cogent and persuasive manner. They are underused because many attorneys fail to frame their cases effectively and thus actually cause jurors to miss the importance of evidence later presented.

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