Opening Statements. Importance of Opening Statements. First time the judge/jury will see the attorney. A good first impression is IMPORTANT! You will let the jury know what evidence you will present & what it is supposed to prove.
You cannot talk about any evidence in your opening statement that you do not have a reasonable expectation of presenting during the trial.
You cannot discuss any evidence in your closing that was not presented during the trial.
The opening and closing are NOT considered evidence.
Opening = preview of evidence you plan to show.
Closing = argument about the evidence you have already presented.
What was the lawyers framework/theory of the case? What was her theme?
Was the statement well organized? What do you most remember about what she told you?
Did she effectively use rhetorical statements? Did she effectively inoculate the jury against the other side’s case?
Were you able to put yourself in her client’s shoes? How? What did she do right or wrong?
What problems do you think the other side is going to point out? How did she nullify those problems?
Did she discuss the credibility of witnesses?
Did she do a good job of clearly and simply defining legal terminology?
What she confident & thorough?
What about her opening statement stood out to you as useful?