Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

A Critical Path: Giving Directions in Closing Argument

November 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Thomas M. O’Toole and Jill Schmid

Closing argument is an attorney’s last opportunity to talk to jurors before they head off to deliberations and decide the fate of the parties, thus making it a profoundly important part of trial. Compounding the stress that comes with this critically important moment, attorneys often have little time to prepare for closing unless they are fortunate enough to have the trial schedule result in closing arguments falling on a Monday.

In other words, the very moment attorneys are supposed to make sense of all of the chaos and complexities that have arisen over the course of trial, is also...

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