Marshaling the facts to point directly to the proponent's conclusion: Trial Skills, Opening
How to organize the facts for an effective opening; using graphics to
make the facts "work" for your client's cause; using language to make
Explaining the Law
Making the Rules of the Game Understandable for Lay Jurors: Trial Skills, Opening
The need to explain the law, judges' attitudes, stipulation, accuracy
Opening for Defendant - Part 1
Countering Plaintiff's Themes & Theories: Trial Skills, Opening
How to quickly give the jury another perspective on the case they are about to hear; responding to plaintiff's opening in a positive manner; ..
Opening for Defendant - Part 2
Countering Plaintiff's Expert: Trial Skills, Opening
Techniques for minimizing plaintiff's expert and enhancing defense expert; introducing the defense expert; detailing why this expert be followed by the jury..
Structure and Delivery
Giving the Jury Something They Can Follow: Trial Skills, Opening
Length, topics, going positive or negative, organization, the use of notes
The Start and Conclusion of Openings in Texas v. Johnson & Johnson
Examples from the record of an actual case showing an effective start and conclusion of an opening statement: Trial Skills, Opening
How to get to the key points quickly..