Planning For Summations


How often do we attorneys – who spend our time trying to convince a jury to side with our client – actually get to give the closing argument that we have prepared before the case began? That’s right, you need to prepare your summation before you even set foot in the courtroom. Given that trials are often unpredictable, the chances of actually delivering a summation are always an open question. However, presenting a summation does happen, but never by mistake and always as a result of hard work, planning and, if we are honest with ourselves, a little bit of luck. We are all familiar with the advice that a trial attorney should prepare his summation before the case begins and use it as a roadmap throughout the defense of a case so that one is able to give that very same summation at the end. To accomplish this not an easy task; one needs to keep the summation in mind every step of the way.

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