Cures For The Common Closing

Law360, New York (December 8, 2011, 1:01 PM EST) -- There is no higher or greater manifestation of a trial lawyer’s practice than delivering an exceptionally compelling and persuasive closing argument. In fact, I suspect more than a handful of trial lawyers chose their career paths after watching Atticus Finch’s dramatic, inspiring and masterful closing argument in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Despite this motivation, when given an actual chance to deliver a powerful closing, many lawyers pull back and make what can only be described as a "humdrum" recital of the facts, almost a...
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