National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Closing Argument: How Not to Do It

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You’ve opened by telling a compelling story of your client’s case, introduced key evidence, and presented credible witnesses. It’s finally closing arguments and you’ve come so far—and now’s not the time to peter out.

In our free studio71 webcast, Closing Argument: How Not to Do It, veteran trial attorney John Farrell will teach you what doesn’t help as well as what does, presenting an hour’s worth of tips and tricks for delivering a persuasive closing that makes a difference.

Learn the basic structure for an effective closing; how to laser-focus your theme and best evidence; how to deal with opposing counsel’s best arguments or moments; what techniques, attitudes, and approaches are won’t help you; project the proper tone; and end your closing.

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John M. Farrell

Fish & Richardson
Redwood City, CA

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