Some studies suggest that 80% of jurors will decide "guilty" or "not guilty"at the end of the opening statements so all defense attorneys must come out effectively swinging from the beginning. Opening statements are not mere recitations of "facts a jury will hear during a trial" or a time to introduce clients, attorneys and important players. Instead, an opening is a presentation where the defense attorney gets the chance to sear into the jurors’ minds an emotional theory of defense which will be front and center throughout the trial. Hear about the critical concepts of "primacy" and "recency," weaving your emotional theory of defense into your opening and getting the jury to follow the pro-defendant narrative throughout the trial.
These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.
The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.
The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
August 25, 2012
Defender Services Office Training Division
This Seminar is presented free of charge.