How to Give a Winning Opening Statement

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Course Description

This course was recorded on October 17th, 2017

Ever wonder what makes a great opening statement and what makes the biggest impact? This course will help you understand how to grab the jury's attention from the onset and why it is so important to do so. From themes and theories, to communicating why you deserve the win, you will learn to properly prepare and when to reserve opening.



  • Mace Yampolsky
    Mr. Yampolsky is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available to any attorney. This rating is obtained by an independent rating of lawyers and judges who are familiar with his representation of clients. Less than 7% of all law firms in the United States are accorded this honor. Mr. Yampolsky is past President of the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

    Mr. Yampolsky graduated from Boston University in 1976 and the University of San Diego School of Law in 1980. He was admitted to California State Bar in 1981, admitted to Massachusetts State Bar in 1982 (currently inactive), admitted to Nevada State Bar in 1984, admitted to Colorado State Bar in 1994, and admitted to Washington D.C. State Bar in 1999.

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      • 2 General Credits
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    1. How to Prepare. Form final argument backwards, use chapter method
    2. Brain storming with NON-lawyers
    3. You must start strong - 1 sentence or 1 phrase. Don’t introduce yourself or tell the jury that the statement is not evidence
    4. Taglines, catch-phrases and themes
    5. Use descriptive words for witnesses
    6. Sneaky Sniveling Snitches
    7. Personalize your client - touch him or her
    8. When to reserve
    9. Concede points. I will use some examples
    10. Start and end strong

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