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DescriptionIn this whitepaper, read about how the opening statement, to succeed, must tell a story, create the emotional connection, bring the jurors to the actual scene, and, ultimately, make the floor tip to favor your client (or tip it back to neutral when you are on the defense). Lawyers look to many sources for openings—but they usually confine themselves to the spoken/written word, be it a transcript of another lawyer’s efforts or, occasionally, a famous speech or an excerpt from a play or movie.
CitationJules Epstein, Collective Wisdom: The Opening Statement Song (National Institute for Trial Advocacy 2020).
Available at: https://www.nita.org/opening-statement-song-whitepaper